The classic woman’s dress blazer originated in England in the 1800s, when it became the official uniform of the Lady Margaret Boat Club of St. John’s College. Nearly always associated with the refined casual dressing habits of the leisure class and worn by tennis players, boaters, and those who frequent seaside resorts, wool blazers were recognized by their solid colors and metallic buttons. The classic woman’s dress blazer was at the height of fashion in the 1980s – a career-girl staple worn with straight worsted wool trousers. Today’s blazers are styled with softer and narrower shoulder lines in fabrics that break with their solid-color predecessors. To see how women’s dress blazers are shaping up today, shop brands like Tribal Sportwear, Madison Hill and Steinbock of Austria.