It’s no secret that I have a lot of love for a blazer. The ultimate outfit elevator, a blazer can lift everything from a dress to a simple jeans and tee ensemble and make it appear far smarter. And in the current climate of shopping well for longer the blazer is also a great example – some of my blazers are double (if not triple) Daisy’s age!
Over the years the tailored jacket has become one of my wardrobe staples and I can’t count how many times I have used my classic black blazer to smarten up a number of everyday outfits when I’ve needed it to. This time of year a wealth of new colours of blazers emerge in a host of new fabrics and they are great for this undecided weather or if you still need to look dressy for the office or a wedding. A lightweight linen blazer is lovely on balmier days while a heavier version will keep you warm as we start to transition towards (dare I say it) Autumn. They are actually also a great layering tool and look great under a coat in winter (but that’s a post for another time).
I’d had my eye on this ivory satin blazer from Wallis for sometime a few months ago but I couldn’t justify splurging on an item that I would be limited to wearing when Daisy wasn’t around (which occurs as often as a full night’s sleep these days!). So I left it to see if it played on a my mind and if I could think of three ways to wear it (one of the ways I justify buying a new item of clothing) and sure enough it did. Then, as if the fashion Gods were smiling upon me and my sartorial choices, the jacket was reduced from £55 to £15 and after countless refreshing I managed to snap one up!
I’ve already worn it a couple of times and the satin fabric is great for adding a touch of luxury. I am also looking forward to wearing it in the winter as that’s when I think off-white and ivory shades really stand out.
Here are my top tips for shopping for a blazer that I hope you’ll find helpful and I’ve included my edit of the best blazers available now on the high street…
- Wear a t-shirt and jeans as this is by far the easiest way to wear a blazer. It also lessens the hassle trying to imagine how it will look and will (hopefully) make your shopping trip shorter and less stressful.
- Don’t be afraid to size up. I hardly ever buy my actual size these days, they are just numbers, and I find a slightly oversized fit can hang better and accommodate a sweatshirt or jumper when the temperature drops.
- Length is important (now now, get your mind out of the gutter!), too short and it could cut you in half and too long will drown you. Aim for the hemline to fall just below the hip.
- A blazer should be fitted but not too tight. You should be able to move your arms when you have it on! You should also be able to button it up comfortably without it pulling.
And when it comes to classic black blazers, I’ve included my favourites available now below. Although they might seem expensive at first, it is worth considering just how much wear you will get out of it. My trusty black blazer from Zara is so old now the pocket has a hole in it and the lining is coming away but I’ve yet to find another one to replace it. If you are willing to wait for more affordable versions it is also worth noting that Autumn/Winter is a better time of year to buy a black blazer so start looking in September.
This post was not sponsored. All thoughts, writing and opinions are my own.