So we haven't had one of these for a while but it's time for another addition to the Hall of Fame.
The reason I'm adding these, is that I have a fair few of them. I usually add one a year but, I feel none of the usual guilt or need for extensive justification at adding to the collection, as they are one of the most classic pieces you can own.
My collection stems from years back. One of the best thing about fashion these days, is that anything goes. For example styles of jeans - fashion used to be very didactic in what sort of jeans one should be wearing. But now? Knock yourself out with whatever takes your fancy. Boot cut, cropped or long, tapered, high waisted, skinny, straight, full on flare, distressed, stone washed, embroidered - you love it? Just wear it. I do point out every time I mention this, that the humble pedal pusher or knickerbocker has yet to reemerge from the annals of time but never say never... (and no I shan't be championing their return as I am still scarred by a red pair that my mum fabricated in the 80's for me instead of buying the pair I really wanted from Etam. "oh don't be daft, I'm not spending good money on them, I can MAKE you a pair". I looked like Hansel sans Gretal. Scarred I tell you. Although it did lead me to get a job on Wembley Market at 14 so I could buy my own clothes. Maybe there was method in her madness).
But the same applies to blazers. Any shape goes. Cropped and fitted look amazing with a full skirt or flowing midi and maxi dress. Oversized boyfriend works incredibly well with loose jeans and a slouchy tee. Slim longline looks chic with a deconstructed shirt and skinnies.
Me - I love them all. And I love that slight turn in the weather which heralds the start of blazer weather and Spring. I obviously always peak too early but just throw on a scarf and look brave.
My current favourite from the last couple of season and this year looks like following suit (I'm here all week) is a looser, longer line style. But I do wear all styles and I do keep them for years and years.
From last year, I loved more than I thought possible, my navy double breasted blazer. Worn loose and oversized. I had the Alexa Chung one from M&S but this is almost identical.
Gold Button Blazer from M&S £49.50
If that's sold out in your size, there's always the Mango version without gold buttons.
Double Breasted at Mango in navy £69.99
Single breasted in the sale at Matches with 70% off. I love the collegiate look of this. Wear with a slogan tee and boyfriend jeans for 80s throwback cool (I promise).
Jackson striped wool-blazer from MiH was £428 now £128
A variation on navy.
Kirey Jacket at Matches again in the sale from DVF was £332 now £166
Classic black at Mango - £59.99 (I have the dungas, I need the tee - I LOVE this outfit.. inspo right there. Although I have to say - on reflection, I would wear a plain tee as it would irritate me not being able to see all of it. I do have some other trews that would go perfectly so the tee is still on the list). Nope, looked at it again and the tee is epic with it.
Bargain of the day though, has to be from Topshop.
Slouch Tuxedo Jacket was £65 now £30
And then my perennial favourite from hush.
Black Jacket from hush £75 10% off with the code S17PREVIEW
How have I not seen that they have a nude version for Spring? Perfection. And I'm liking the look of that tee underneath as well... this would be super super useful.
Byron Jacket from hush £75 pre discount
Upping the budget but an amazing blazer from Me+Em. I have accrued a couple over the years and they definitely last the test of time with regards to quality and style.
Oversized Summer Blazer in a soft white from Me+Em £249
Getting bigger now...
Properly oversized at Mango in ochre £49.99
Or in classic navy again £49.99
I've been wearing my oversized blazers for the last couple of days in the first heady days of Spring weather.
On Monday. That dim and distant memory of Spring. Long gone.
Camel blazer - Stella McCartney
Blondie tee - Hollister
Black cropped kick flares - Jaeger
Tools bag - Balenciaga
Black oversized earrings - H&M
Yesterday also wore my grey longline one from last year at Me+Em (on the blog) and then today - my black Winter blazer from two years ago.
White layering shirt - Me+Em
Black Love jumper - hush
Black faux leather joggers - ASOS
Black blazer - Me+Em
Black pointed Jacinta shoes - Seven Boot Lane
Black grab bag - Gucci
And it appears that Spring has stropped off. Yes that is my take the ***%&W(ing photo face above. The two photos couldn't be more different could they? Never let it be said, I am not obsessed with the weather. And have never got used to cold or rain. Don't even start talking about snow. I remember someone once saying to me "there's no such thing as bad weather, there's just bad clothing". You can imagine my level of eye rolling. Whatever.
Not even a scarf will work for you tomorrow, I suggest dragging out a coat. With layers underneath. But hopefully.. hopefully, hopefully blazer weather is just around the corner. Do you blazer it up or are you firmly in the biker or bomber camp? I will admit, after giving up a corporate job, it did take me a while to get with the blazer brigade but honestly, it's much easier to do than you think.