Be an Academic Trailblazer (Emphasis on Blazer): 7 You Need Now

Be an Academic Trailblazer (Emphasis on Blazer): 7 You Need Now
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Be an Academic Trailblazer (Emphasis on Blazer): 7 You Need Now

The Classic "Reefer" Blazer

Madewell Academy Blazer

Why it's a back-to-school must: With its tailored lapels, gold metal accents, and old-school feel, this navy-hued blazer is classically preppy and happens to be our favorite modern-day "reefer" jacket. Translation: for an overtly nautical-inspired take on your blazer collection, just look to this version.

How to wear it: Put this preppy piece to the test. Style it with crisp collared button-downs, silky blouses, and fitted pant silhouettes. If you want to take the blazer from class to cocktails, then just add a chunky suede boot and a statement necklace.

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The Modernist's Structural Blazer

Preen Shell Jacket

Why it's a back-to-school must: It's clean, sophisticated, and screams "cool girl." The impeccably tailored lines, stark two-tone contrast, and tuxedo-inspired hemmed "coattails" make it a structured blazer worth adding to the arsenal.

How to wear it: It would be a disservice to the minimalist nature of this tailoring to go overboard on styling. Thus, we see this blazer being worn with a slouchy white t-shirt, black coated wax jeans, and flat zippered ankle boots.

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The Schoolboy Blazer

J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer in Boulevard Green Velvet

Why it's a back-to-school must: The schoolboy blazer is an all-time classic, but we're OK with tweaking it just ever so slightly too. Whether it be a subtly shrunken fit or a plush fabric addition or both (and it is here), there's something to be said for a top layer that instantly adds academic polish to your look.

How to wear it: It's an ultratextural take on the traditional schoolboy blazer, so take care to keep it low-key underneath. We'd love to see this velvet iteration get its casual undertone via a striped t-shirt, low-slung boyfriend jeans, and a pair of white Chucks.

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The Coveted Novelty Blazer

A.L.C. Hall Shearling-Trimmed Plaid Wool-Twill Blazer

Why it's a back-to-school must: It certainly strikes a chord with its plaid base and its shearling fur trim, but more than that, it fits the bill of all things Fall-minded. It's a slick piece for class-bound activities, but it's heavy enough to keep you warm in the evenings, too.

How to wear it: One word — layers. While it may be based in preppy plaid, it's got all the makings of a blazer-turned-jacket that proves easy to layer with and to top with a soft scarf. Once the weather really turns, we're thinking a faux-fur cossack hat is in order too.

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The Tweed Blazer With a Twist

Michael Michael Kors Faux Leather-Sleeve Tweed Blazer

Why it's a back-to-school must: While we're all for a traditional tweed blazer, we know that sometimes it can border on stuffy. An edgier leather sleeve detail updates the look tenfold and provides an instant, youthful spin on the textured blazer.

How to wear it: This is the perfect day-to-night blazer. For class, wear it with a cheeky printed t-shirt and cigarette jeans. For a night out, style it with a sexier LBD and colorful heels.

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The Power Blazer

Helmut Lang Pixel Suiting Blazer

Why it's a back-to-school must: Simple, striking lines and a bold shoulder silhouette? Yes, this is a "take me serious" power blazer, and if you're looking to dress the powerful part, then this is a viable option for doing so.

How to wear it: We love the idea of really playing up the power blazer with alternatively feminine pieces. Pair it with a floral maxi dress while the summery weather sticks. Once it veers into colder territory, wear this business-ready blazer with pencil skirts and bow-tie blouses.

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The After-Hours Blazer

Zara Washed-Out Silk Velvet Blazer

Why it's a back-to-school must: When you're not entertaining the idea of running from class to class or shacked up in the library with term papers, it's all about the blazer that defies tradition.

How to wear it: Since this luxe blazer errs on the side of less-structured, you can pair it with equally slinky and silky pieces. We envision this piece making a striking statement against a longer, crimson-hued slip dress and black sandals, or if you're more of a low-key styler, then try it with a slick pair of black ankle-cut trousers, a semisheer black tank top, and patent leather loafers.

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Where academic success is concerned, you've got to walk the walk (or, in this case, dress the part) and talk the talk (go to class and study hard). While we can't guarantee you'll ace your midterms - although we hope you do! - we can help you put a sophisticated spin on your class-bound wares. One easy solution? The blazer.

It's the perfect mix of menswear-inspired tailoring, clean lines, and classic preppy style, and more often than not, we're apt to conjure up images of our schoolgirl uniforms that came complete with this polished piece. We know the traditional tweed blazer isn't for everyone, we know that sometimes all you want to do is go for the bold-shouldered power look, and we know that, when in doubt, a well-structured black blazer can pull any outfit together.

So we've culled the seven must-have styles that should be at the top of your back-to-school shopping list . . . because we also know you're primed and ready to be an academic (and sartorial) trailblazer.

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