Call me predictable, but every September I have the same emotional reaction to the change of seasons. First, there's a sense of relief that I don't have to remain glued to an air conditioning unit or brave the subway during a heatwave. Then, there's excitement at the prospect of dressing for fall (layers! boots!). But inevitably, I end up feeling daunted, wondering how on earth I got through last year with the existing items in my closet.
If you're having the same reaction, one item will streamline the process: a blazer. It's the hardest-working item in your fall closet. A well-fitted blazer makes almost any outfit look polished and work-appropriate and can even give your favorite summer shirt or skirt a few more months of wear. Ahead, we spotlight a few of the best on the market, from black tailored classics to plaid buys that offer a nod to the season's top trend. Fall, we're ready for you.