a lightweight blazer is a must-have spring summer jacket

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

continuing our spring summer jacket mini-series (and i do mean mini) today’s ootd centers on a lightweight blazer. three of my favorite brands that always have a great selection of blazers are J.Crew, Talbots, and Ralph Lauren. living in georgia with a somewhat mild winter climate, a lightweight blazer sees lots of action. this navy blue knit blazer was last seen here with a striped tee and chinos way back in february. love the nautical vibe it exudes with gold-tone buttons. it has the structure of a double-breasted blazer with the drape of a sweater. which makes it the perfect choice all summer long. linen or cotton blazers are also excellent choices for summer. 

blazers never go out of style, and neither do blue jeans. it’s a match made in heaven. just add a pair of your favorite denim to a lightweight blazer, and you have an instant summer outfit that’s relaxed yet chic. today’s outfit is channeling one of my favorite classic style icons – the Duchess of Cambridge. later this morning on Instagram there will be a side by side photo of the Duchess and me. if you’re new to the blog, i have a classic style series on Instagram. each week i pick a style icon and recreate their outfit. the series proves that timeless style endures decade after decade. am i right?!

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

gingham is a perennial spring favorite. a gingham button-down (old, similar here) is a perfect choice with a lightweight blazer and blue jeans. add a pair of espadrilles (old, similar here) and wicker handbag (sold-out, similar here), and there’s a definite prep to my step.

wicker handbag and espadrilles

espadrilles (old, similar here and here) are a comfortable shoe with height. for those of you who can’t wear heels anymore try an espadrille wedge on for size. these shoes are comfy through and through and look fantastic with a dress last seen here and blue jeans. a wicker handbag (sold-out similar here, here, and here) is a must-have for summer. and i love the simplicity of this t-leather strap bracelet from Tory Burch.

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

denim | similar shirt | blazer | similar espadrilles | similar handbag | earrings | bracelet

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

denim | similar shirt | blazer | similar espadrilles | similar handbag | earrings | bracelet

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a lightweight blazer, gingham shirt, skinny jeans, espadrilles and wicker handbag

can you believe it’s thursday? and it’s the middle of may? how did that happen? before you know it the fourth of july will be knocking on our door. no joke! that’s how quickly this year is zipping by. but tomorrow happens to be my favorite day of the week. and you know who’ll be making an appearance. happy thursday, gang!

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25 Comments

  1. Cynthia Johnson wrote:

    Looking fierce, as always. ⚓️⚓️

    Posted 5.16.19
    • Nancy wrote:

      Got a black and white blazer. Gonna wear with my jeans and my black and white shoes. Now gotta decide on shirt color. Thanks Beth!!

      Posted 5.16.19
      • you will look sharp, nancy! nothing better than a blazer and blue jeans. xo

        Posted 5.20.19
    • you can’t help but feel good when you have on one of your favorite outfits. xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  2. Pam wrote:

    Another really great outfit, Beth. I love to wear blazers in the summer so I’m glad to see your series. Here in Texas, it can be blazing hot and then you walk into a theater or restaurant and it’s absolutely freezing.

    Posted 5.16.19
    • sam here in georgia, pam! sometimes summer indoor temps feel colder than winter. go figure! xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  3. Julie Mycock wrote:

    Hi Beth, what a lovely outfit. I’ve noticed that you have some really lovely handbags too but they are only small ones. I’ve always carried a large handbag mainly because I tend to take everything but the kitchen sink with me and I’m sure, well know I don’t really need a good portion of it. I’m trying to scale things down so I’ve purchased some smaller bags to stop me from putting in so much but I do struggle at times. For those ladies out there that are trying to do the same, maybe you could give us some tips and suggestions please, any help would be much appreciated. Xoxo

    Posted 5.16.19
    • Suzi wrote:

      Julie, One thing that works for me is to carry a large handbag with everything I think I will need and inside that I carry a small crossbody with wallet and phone. When I get ready to shop I only take the cross body with me, leaving the larger bag, with nothing worth losing, in the car just in case.

      Posted 5.16.19
      • great suggestion, suzi! thanks for the tip.

        Posted 5.20.19
  4. Susan wrote:

    That’s a great outfit. I’m wearing something similar today – only red blouse instead. We’re on the same page.

    Posted 5.16.19
    • i could wear a blazer and blue jeans every day and not get bored! xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  5. Billie wrote:

    Hi Beth
    Love your style. When is it not good to wear denim on denim?

    Posted 5.16.19
    • personally, i think denim on denim is a good thing. xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  6. LAURA BEEMAN wrote:

    This is one of my all-time favorite outfits. It is versatile enough to wear anywhere. I LOVE when you show how the classics still feel fresh. Great job!

    Posted 5.16.19
    • classic style works year in and year out. add a few on trend accessories and you’re good to go. xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  7. Christelle wrote:

    good day
    please also include your match to a popular person in your daily email. i don’t do the Instagram thing

    Posted 5.17.19
    • thanks for the feedback, christelle. but this series was created for Instagram. xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  8. Christelle wrote:

    i love your daily news though.

    Posted 5.17.19
  9. Chris Illius wrote:

    Hi Beth, can you tell me if that blazer is lined. It finally came back in stock at Ralph Lauren, but the description is vague about the lining.

    Posted 5.17.19
    • the blazer has a partial lining. the sleeves and upper back are lined. but the seams have a beautiful finish. the inside of the garment looks just as beautiful as the outside. hope this helps. xo

      Posted 5.17.19
  10. Renata wrote:

    Looking fab Beth! Have a great weekend 🙂 Renata xo

    Posted 5.17.19
    • hi renata! always love when you swing by the blog. hope all is well in your world! xo

      Posted 5.20.19
  11. Madeleine wrote:

    How long/short should the blazer be…sometimes they are “dowdy” looking

    Posted 5.17.19
    • there are so many different lenghts for blazers, so it depends on personal preference. the most important thing is the proportions . are they right for your height.? if you are 5’4″ or under you need to be shopping in the petite section. and if you are 5’8″ and above a tall might just be what you need

      Posted 5.20.19

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