In case you haven’t noticed, blazers are big right now. If you want one that will carry you through the year I would suggest something check, plaid or tartan, slightly over-sized and one that can be belted and layered.
Here’s my pick (click image for link):
The high-street (particularly Mango) has some great offerings. I find a longer-line jacket to be much more flattering and modern. These are all great to wear now with a knit and later on in early Summer with a slogan tee, or you can dress them up for a more 90s feel with a power-shoulder and cinched-in waist.
I have bought the yellow Zara jacket as I adore the colour – it is quite long (for a petite person) so I’m probably going to get it taken up a few inches. (It looks great with a cami underneath.)
I think if you can afford it and want a higher-quality piece, this is a good price-point. It’s the little details that can set these jackets apart, whether it be the quality of the fabric, the buttons or the trim. These will be blazers that can stay in your wardrobe for a longer spell and be real work-horses. Smart enough for work-wear but fun enough to be dressed up or down too.
I have bought the large check blazer by Marlene Birger and love how adaptable it is. It looks great undone and casual with vintage sunnies, jeans and trainers, and equally great with a thick belt and heels for evening. The shoulder pads give it a bit of edge and structure and I can clash it with my check trousers from Urban Outfitters (similar here).
Ugh! Why is it that the higher priced categories always get me swooning?! The sorbet shades are just divine, although maybe not quite so practical. I am particularly loving all the pieces by Gabriela Hearst and the stunning red striped Maggie Marilyn number, which I am praying will go in the sale.
To finish the look off or to give your blazer a different feel a good belt is a real winner.
If you want to belt your blazer keep in mind where the buttons are, the material and the size of the print (if applicable). I think thicker belts or ones that wrap around are probably best. I do think nice quality belts are a great thing to invest in – I’ve had some of my belts for 10+ years, so in the long-run you do get a good price-per-wear. (Just make sure they are fairly adjustable!)
My next post will be a packing post! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring/Summer.