My wardrobe staple? A well fitted blazer. They see me through every season – layered under a huge fur coat (for most of the year thanks to the British weather) and over a baggy tee and cut-offs during the summer months.
Blazers have taken somewhat of a turn in the past few years. Previously confined to dull shades of grey for the office and nautical hues worn by fans of Ralph Lauren, they’re now available everywhere. From sorbet shades of pink and yellow to bold block colours in turquoise and green, there’s a colour to suit any outfit.
A simple ‘blazer and skinnies’ combination is my failsafe when I wake up with 10 minutes to leave the house – which happens far more often than I care to admit. The structure of a well fitted blazer can change the feel of an outfit in seconds, from boring to bold in one layer.
The high street have produced some great versions over the past few seasons, everything from boyfriend to cropped, structured, or double breasted (my favourite). There are some great variations on texture and material too – linen and jersey being two of my preferred alternate fabrics.
The great thing about the mix of colours and fabrics means that even if reaching for a blazer becomes habit, you can create a fresh look simply by mixing textures – pairing a jersey blazer with converse or a smart linen version with drainpipe jeans will create two totally different looks.
Colour also plays a huge part this season – pastels are in in a big way and the choice of colours on the high street at the moment is fantastic. Zara in particular have a great range of shades (check out the pastel pinks and animal prints) and as ever Topshop impress with their offering (I MUST get my hands on the lemon structured jacket).
For an updated take on the blazer, why not pair with smart shorts and create a set? Topshop again do some very cute versions, best worn with a loose fitting plain tee. Add brogues to complete the look, or switch to heels (a la Mollie King) and take the outfit from day to night.
Having personally lived in blazers for the past few years I’ve acquired quite a collection, as you can see above. And the best part? Most of the long lasting pieces have come from high street stores such as Topshop, Zara, New Look and Primark – ranging from £15 to £70.
Do you have an item you live in?