When taking in the fashion landscape over the past few years, it would be extremely difficult to miss the overwhelming popularity of oversize, boxy blazers. The cool style has been spotted everywhere from the runways to the wardrobes of the most stylish influencers, all worn in a variety of ways. However, as with any trend, the most fashion-forward people are already looking for the next It style to come along. In this case, it happens to be the nipped-waist blazer. This fresh style still has a longer hem, but the shape has taken a strong swing toward sculptural with an hourglass effect.
In fact, Who What Wear’s stylish co-founder Hillary Kerr recently shared the merits of this fresh blazer style on her Instagram Stories: “The fitted waistline is so lovely. So many styles just look like they’re swallowing you whole; this one isn’t tight at the waist. It just skins in an elegant way.” Soon after, I spotted the latest Helsa collection featuring a buzzy fitted-waist blazer, and that’s when it clicked. This is the next trend in blazers.
This structured, cinched design is actually nothing new. It’s really a fun revival of the jacket style that reigned supreme back in the ’80s and early ’90s. And it’s no wonder why it’s coming back into the spotlight—the silhouette is streamlined, figure highlighting, and all-around super chic. Balenciaga is known for this signature look, but it’s now finally being spotted across the fashion landscape. Ahead, I rounded up 23 great options for getting the look, plus a variety of outfit ideas featuring the fitted blazer style.