Capturing Classic French Blazer Style

Classic French blazer style

One Parisian fashion statement piece above all others expresses French sophistication and refinement: c’ést le blazer classique – the classic blazer. Now imagine that transformed into a dress!

The classic French blazer style is everywhere in Paris. The men could throw a blazer on over a rumpled collared shirt and suddenly look debonair without trying. Parisian women epitomize French class by styling a blazer over skinny jeans and a classic white tee or a chic blouse, pairing it with a feminine scarf, an attractive handbag, and classic flats or heels, depending on the occasion. Combined with the French natural, seemingly effortless – yet always put-together! – beauty aesthetic, the sophisticated look is complete.

The classic French blazer style is classique for a reason. It brings with it a certain sense of tradition, of polished professionalism, of self-respect. A good blazer can instantly make any outfit look more upscale. I also love the fact that the blazer is an equalizer; it’s an article of clothing that denotes sophistication in both men and women.

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Classic French blazer look in Boston

From the banks of the Seine to the banks of the Boston Public Garden Lagoon, blogger Lindsay Shores shows us how we can be Parisian anywhere! (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Outfit details:

Dress: Blazer Dress with Pearl Buttons by Zara

Bag: Red Mini City Bag with Pockets by Zara

Sandals: Patti Sandals in White by Sam Edelman

As those of you who have been following me for some time can tell, I love to reinvent the classics with my looks. When I came across this navy Blazer Dress with Pearl Buttons by Zara, I had to have it. It combined all elements of the classic blazer look and transformed them into a tailored, chic minidress. The pearl buttons are the perfect finishing touch. Mes amies, this blazer dress is now on sale from $99.90 to $29.99, so act fast! 

In the spirit of the 4th of July and upcoming Bastille Day, I styled the dress with this new gorgeous red Mini City Bag by Zara (which only set me back $39.90) and my favorite white Patti Sandals by Sam Edelman.

Blazer dress by Public Garden Lagoon

Le rouge, le blanc, et le bleu! (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

For those wondering about fit of the blazer dress, it has a lovely tailored cut. The dress fits so well and comfortably, and combined with the dark navy color, provides a very flattering, feminine shape. Pair it with strappy heels like I did or a classic loafer for a busy day that includes a lot of walking.

Public Garden Closeup

French style by the Swan Boats! (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Standing by the lagoon in the Public Garden, I felt as though I could have been by the banks of the Seine. Paris is a mindset, and one that I like to take with me wherever I go. Of course, the beautiful Swan Boats gliding happily past will always remind you that you are in Boston!

Classic French blazer look in Public Garden

Classic blazer look and French pop of red! (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Seeing as we are about to celebrate America’s birthday on the 4th of July, I had to take an extra moment to stop and admire the statue of our nation’s first chief executive, President George Washington, in the Public Garden. You can read more about details of the sculpture and its historical background here in an interesting article from

Lindsay by equestrian statue of Washington

Drama in scale: Red, white, and blue style by the equestrian statue of George Washington in Boston’s Public Garden (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Lindsay admiring the Washington statue in the Public Garden

Lindsay admiring the statue of America’s first President in Boston Public Garden (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

A day spent out in Back Bay is not the complete without a stroll down beautiful Commonwealth Avenue. The gorgeous 18th-century European-style façades of the buildings, the grand boulevard, the ornate, wrought-iron gates, the formal gardens and beautiful flowers flowing from window boxes all bring so much of what is beautify about Paris right here to Boston.

Lindsay Shores in a classic blazer dress on Comm Ave

Lindsay brings classic Paris style home to Boston (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Lindsay Shores on Comm. Ave.

Red, white, and blue in Back Bay! (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Lindsay on Comm. Ave.

Lindsay Shores living a Paris-inspired life in Boston (Photo credit: Joan Oliver)

Are you loving the classic French blazer look? How do you style a blazer? Do you also feel that it automatically elevates any look? Answer in the comments below! We would love to hear from you!

I would also like to with all of you, my dear followers, a happy, safe, and celebratory 4th of July! I’d love to hear what you’re up to, and how you celebrate and style yourself up in red, white, and blue. And you know that means that le quatorze juillet, or Bastille Day, is not too far off! Stay tuned for some fun posts on celebrating Bastille Day in Boston around that time.




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  • Reply
    Lee Anne
    June 30, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    So gorgeous! I love this look so much, and these photos are beautiful!

    Lee Anne

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    July 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    such a chic blazer and shoulder bag!

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    July 3, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Omg a blazer dress!! This is so so so chic! So obessed with it girl!!


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      Lindsay Shores
      July 3, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks so much Lauren! I love to think of it as a power suit made into a dress! xx

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    July 6, 2017 at 1:07 am

    I love the French blazer. It’s great how versatile it is. I tend not to have things like that in my wardrobe, but I probably should consider it.

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      Lindsay Shores
      July 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Erica, I definitely recommend it! This one is fun because it’s a dress, but having a classic blazer in your closet is must in my book. You can throw one on over jeans and a t-shirt and add heels, and suddenly you’ve gone from casual to a bit more upscale. A blazer is a great way to elevate a look, and it’s very widely done in Paris! xx

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    July 6, 2017 at 4:45 am

    That dress fits you perfectly. Love the blazer dress.

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      Lindsay Shores
      July 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Thank you so much, Tuyet! This Zara dress is very well-tailored, which I love, and it is so comfortable! xx

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