I love reflecting on the pieces in my wardrobe that get the most wear season after season. (Obviously it’s way more fun than thinking about the things I spent too much money on and only wore a handful of times…) A few examples? Skinny jeans are at the top of the list every season. I’ve wore my Stuart Weitzman boots so much that they cost me practically pennies per wear. There’s a Phillip Lim dress I scored on Gilt that I’ve worn to so many parties and weddings I’m worried my friends have started to wonder whether it’s the only dress I own. (Oops! Note to self: stock up this spring.)

Another piece you’ve seen on Design Darling time and again: the navy schoolboy blazer. I picked mine up at J.Crew at least three years ago and I still find a way to wear it at least once a week. In fact, I’ve totally justified picking up blazers in other colors and textures because I get so much use out of them! Here are a few ways I’ve styled my favorite blazers in months (and years!) past:


navy schoolboy blazer

j.crew navy schoolboy blazer



If you’re looking to buy your first blazer, I can’t recommend the J.Crew navy schoolboy blazer more highly. It’s perfectly fitted with pretty gold buttons on each sleeve and can be layered over anything: cashmere sweaters, oxford shirts, silk tanks, and even plain white t-shirts on mornings when you have time to mull over what to wear.

If you already own a schoolboy blazer and you’re looking to add more blazers to your closet, I’m loving these similar styles in chambray, metallic linen, stretch wool (in a longer length!), and tipped twill!


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  1. Could you talk about how you take care of your blazers? I can’t dry clean mine after every wear ($$$, and the chemicals are off-putting), but I always have concerns about smells, pit stains, deodorant residue, etc. Any suggestions?

  2. I love how blazers can dress up an otherwise casual, comfy outfit. Perfect for last minute meetings or nights out! I think my wardrobe staple is a light jacket I got at Topshop last year – I had no idea how often I’d wear it but it’s actually great for fall, spring, and even some winter days!!

  3. Love reading through your daily posts ranging from interior decor to stye inspiration. Thanks Mackenzie!

  4. I was just looking in my closet and realizing my blazers needed an upgrade, so this post comes at perfect timing! I especially love the Regent blazer from J.Crew! Classic with a twist!