Easy Outfit Upgrade: Belt a Blazer

(Source: PacificCoastNews.com, Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images Europe, Axelle/Bauer-Griffin, Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images Europe)Every insouciant French girl knows the charms of a well-fitted blazer. Just as simply, any self-respecting American with a love for tailoring should know that to elevate a pair of jeans, nothing's easier than slipping on a double-breasted sports jacket. But life is varied, and so are our moods. Sometime you need more than just a topper.

And that's where the belt comes in to play. Worn over a blazer, it cinches the waist and adds a feminine allure to an otherwise boys-club staple. Olivia Palermo, master of society chic, used a bejeweled belt to bewitch her audience at the Dior couture shows in Paris last summer.

Olivia+PalermoOlivia Palermo arrives at Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2013-2014 fashion show in Paris. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
Jewelry designer Gaia Repossi similarly transformed her simple plaid topper with a thin leather sash, flattering her svelte figure.

PFW: Front Row at Louis VuittonGaia Repossi attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2014 at Le Carre du Louvre on October 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)more pics »On the red carpet, actresses like Berenice Bejo and Tea Falco work magic and pair simple silk jackets with ankle-skimming gowns, thanks to the addition one perfectly chosen accessory.
'The Past' Premieres in CannesRed carpet arrivals at 'The Past' premiere in Cannes on May 17, 2013. Pictured: Berenice Bejo. (Bauer Griffin)more pics »Arrivals at the Premi David di Donatello Ceremony AwardsActress Tea Falco attend the 2013 David di Donatello Ceremony Awards on June 14, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Getty Images)more pics »Perhaps best of all, this look is one we can all partake in. Steal a blazer from your little brother if you have to, or visit the nearest J. Crew for a solidly made version that will stand the test of time and weather many trends to come, including this chambray version below ($168). As for the belts, retailers such as Ann Taylor and Go Jane offer pastel ($35.50) and floral ($12.40) versions as varied as your changing whims. (Source: J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Go Jane)
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