Sometimes my mind can be pretty stubborn and if I think of something one way, I can really get stuck in that mentality. If you’d asked me a few weeks ago how I felt about blazers I would’ve said “They’re nice, but not for me.” When someone says ‘blazer’ my mind would’ve immediately flashed back to either my high school uniform (which involved a blazer) or a fitted black blazer meant for those working in a corporate environment.
Cut to a while back when I found this perfect hybrid of a camel blazer online. It’s not structured and it doesn’t have a tailored fit, yet the camel colour and clean lapels means it still pulls your outfit together and neatens everything up. I knew I was going to be eating my words…
I’ve dropped what I thought I knew about blazers, realising this timeless piece has really made a killer comeback over the years. Here’s why you should add a blazer to your wardrobe:
They’re the perfect ‘in between’ piece.
Living in Melbourne (where the weather is more than unpredictable) I’m often caught in situations where I know an outfit would look a lot more dynamic with something thrown on top, but nothing seems to fit the bill. Let’s say it’s a hot day for example, as much as I love a good trench coat it can sometimes look a little too formal when paired with light and airy summer clothes. I’m not really one for cardigans and coats aren’t even an option. Cue the blazer, which perfectly bridges the gap between cardigan, trench and coat.
They’re low maintenance.
Most blazers are usually mid-length which means they’re extremely low maintenance. Unlike with longline coats and jackets, there’s virtually no risk of your blazer accidentally dragging on the ground as you walk, wiping against your dirty car as you hop inside on a rainy day (that happened to one of my best coats!) or getting dirty when you sit down. As a coat hoarder, even I have to admit that sometimes they can be a real pain to take care of. If you’re got a light coloured long coat especially, good luck keeping that sucker clean throughout the day.
Whip them out for any occasion.
There’s one to suit everyone.
Use them to play with proportions (the styling options are endless).
On its own this outfit is basically a singlet and shorts which is extremely light and shows a fair amount of skin. That’s all well and good, but throwing on the blazer really balances things out in my opinion- it brings the focus more to my legs and that helps to even out the entire silhouette.
At the same time, for a different look I love the idea of going the complete opposite way and pairing this blazer with matching camel pants and a plain white top. That would change up the dynamic completely but honestly the options are endless, it’s all just about what look you’re going for.
Every occasion, every season, they never get old. I don’t think there’s anything a blazer can’t be, which is why adding one (or ten) to your wardrobe is a perfect idea.