A suit too formal for you? Try the versatile jeans-and-blazer combo as an alternative—it's apt for semi-formal or even casual settings. Take it from fashion blogger Tricia Gosingtian who knows exactly how to elevate this pairing without the fuss of accessories or ruffled tweeds.

She kept her look simple yet chic by wearing cropped skinny jeans in a wash close to the color of her blazer, and finished her outfit with sleek, black leather mules. Pointed brogues or heeled loafers can also pass as alternatives if you're going for a dapper aesthetic. Bring out a feminine inflection with a slightly long blazer that's just the right oversized fit over a button-down shirt in a soft material like rayon, silk, or cotton.

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