Wardrobe Essential: The Blazer
One wardrobe item that has stayed in my closet for the past 10 years is the blazer. Every few years I see retailers phase blazers in and out of their floorsets (process of refreshing a retail sales floor) – thankfully I have accumulated a few blazers that have stood the test of time.
A blazer can dress up your outfit or be worn casually, all depending on the look you are going for. I used to only wear my blazers at work because of the business casual dress code, but all of that has changed within the past couple of years.
1. Useable pockets. I have found blazers that I am head-over-heels for – I check the pockets and come to find out they are faux-pockets (back on the rack the blazer goes). Whether it’s my lip gloss, phone, or work fob; that space is needed!
2. Button closure. I tend to use my blazer as alternative outerwear especially if I am out and about on the town, at a wedding, running errands, etc. It’s a feature I look for with any new blazers I purchase.
3. A knit blazer is a no-go. If this is your preferred material for a blazer – you go girl! I much prefer a cotton-rayon blend, linen, sweater blazer, or even velvet. A knit blazer doesn’t have the structure I am typically looking for. A traditional cotton-rayon or even wool blazers are great options for colder weather and a warmer weather alternative is linen because it’s light weight – I recently purchased a linen blazer from Old Navy (similar linen blazer options) and I am all for it.
Shopping for Blazers
Below are my go-to retailers and brands with good quality, and typically, found on sale.
Kohl’s: LC by Lauren Conrad or Apt 9
Target: A New Day
Gap or Gap Factory
Banana Republic or Banana Republic Factory
Loft or Loft Outlet
Old Navy: linen blazers
When it comes to how the blazer is going to fit, ALWAYS try it on before you buy (unless you know exactly how a specific style from a retailer/brand is going to fit). I will either go with a standard-fit or boyfriend-fit, but if given the chance to choose between the two, a boyfriend-fit is preferred.
Notch lapels are most commonly used on women’s blazers and IMO the most versatile lapel on a blazer. All of my blazers, except for one, have a standard notch lapel and I will never complain about it – it’s a timeless wardrobe staple.
A shawl (or tuxedo) lapel is more elegant and refined lapel on a blazer. About 5-6 years ago I purchased this LC by Lauren Conrad floral blazer with a shawl lapel. A few times a year this blazer is taken out of my closet and typically used for dinner parties or a night on the town. By wearing the blazer with distressed jeans and a t-shirt you can easily dress the blazer down.
XO, until next time!