At one point in sartorial history, the black blazer was commonly associated with business, rather than pleasure. Viewed as a protective shield and unequivocally part of the power suit, ladies would don the mighty blazer as they headed into the office. With its solid and streamlined silhouette, this all-powerful jacket immediately invoked images of strength.

While still associated with suiting, the black blazer has experienced a shift in recent years, from corporate essential to fashion must-have. In fact, celebrities have increasingly been sporting fitted black blazers for their appearances on the red carpet and as part of their street style looks.  If you’re wondering how to update this blazer for the spring months, follow the shining examples set by these fashion-forward stars.

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Working Girl like Dakota Johnson

The 27-year-old Fifty Shades Darker actress looks professional and polished in this unbuttoned black blazer, which she has paired with matching black flared trousers. To complete her suited and booted ensemble, Johnson’s high-necked and ruffled blouse creates a lovely contrast with its buttery pastel tone. If you’re aiming to amp up your corporate gal style, add dark shades and similar strappy black sandals.

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Party Girl like Charlize Theron

Although terms like “glitter” and “sparkle” may immediately spring to mind when you think of a night out, Charlize Theron proves that minimalism can be magnificent. The stunning 41-year-old actress styles her silky black slip dress with a black shawl collar blazer. Meanwhile, her ankle strap sandals and dangling earrings wrap up her monochromatic ensemble.  

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Weekend Warrior like Rita Ora

As you start brainstorming the perfect Saturday afternoon outfit, don’t forget to keep this essential blazer in mind as a possible statement look. One only needs to glance at Rita Ora, who rocks a blazer with ruched sleeves over a long pinstriped blouse. Keeping her look casual, the 26-year-old songstress wears her jacket with loose black trousers, flat white sneakers and funky sunglasses.

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