I have never denied the blazer is an iconic wardrobe staple. Every capsule wardrobe since the invention of capsules flags it as such. But for a long time the blazer just wasn't my 'thing'. Maybe it felt too 'classic', a style genre I always feel imposter-like when attempting. Or too preppy. Or just a bit too 'grown up' which with three children feels as desirable as 'mumsy'. But the blazer has been quietly reinventing itself for the past few seasons. Getting looser, oversized, more masculine and more creative. Frankly just a bit cooler. My attention has been piqued.
I went to an event this weekend where one of the speakers Florence Given was wearing a killer green checked blazer suit. Worn with Harry Styles insouciance, teamed with with pink hair and general early twenties fabulousness. It looked amazing. I was reminded that I wore a longline raw edge blazer like a uniform throughout my twenties, with skinny side buttoned jeans and kitten heels. Anything but classic. Anything but preppy. Ok yes- I thought I was a rock star.
So- I'm feeling the urge to relaunch into blazer wearing. I'm thinking bold checks, colour, interesting detailing, corduroy. Maybe if i'm feeling wild I might even try a matching trouser, or an oversized dad blazer. And if we need official fashion proof that a blazer is a good all season investment? It's been a mainstay on the catwalks in recent seasons and first glimpses of ss23 shows it transitions just as well into spring summer. So- if like me, you feel you and the blazer could be starting a new and beautiful relationship then you're in luck: It's never looked better, mixes well in all social situations, and gives life a little pizzazz. The perfect long term partner. Here's my edit, plus some ways to wear.
1. OVERSIZED CHECKS
Styling Tip 1: Think Gucci- esque ala Harry Styles, with co-ordinating trousers, a frilled blouse and statement accessories.
Styling tip #2. Give a monochrome blazer a bit of punk inspo rather than going classic, with leather, gold, and band tee and chunky boots.
Styling tip #3. Go heritage with cord, and team with a ditzy dress to give edge. Add a rock and roll twist with metallics.
Styling tip #4. Try sporty styling. An oversized tweed blazer will up level a varsity hoodie, cap and retro trainers.
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