Wear It: And dress it up with a blazer
The Blazer is an inherently male article of clothing. It looks pretty much like a suit, or uniform jacket, right? Historically blazers have been associated with sporting clubs (the term originated with the Lady Margaret Boat Club of Cambridge) and the uniforms (it has also been asserted that the term came from the jackets worn by the crew on the HMS Blazer). Regardless of where the term came from, blazers look good on guys. A well tailored blazer on a man is like peanut butter and jelly, dark chocolate and caramel, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, they just go together. Wait, strike that last one. But a well fitting blazer can do wonders for a lady also. A blazer can naturally accentuate all the right places as long as the fit is good. Let’s take a look at a few options.
Here’s a great blazer perfect for the time of year we’re in. Light and airy, this eyelet blazer is all cotton. The model just has on jeans and a t-shirt, but look at how much the blazer dresses her up. Very effortless looking (and how much effort does it take to put a jacket on?). Now her hair on the other hand, that took a bit of effort. Wonder if her stylist used anything like this?
I love that you can change the lapel fold on this blazer and make it look completely different. This jacket ships free from Nordstrom, but unfortunately is not part of the Anniversary Sale. This looks to be more of a fair weather blazer (it’s unlined), so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it go on sale soon. Available in four colors altogether.
This blazer from ASOS moves into the dressier realm of blazers, but not formal. Kind of like middle earth. OK, yes, I am reading The Lord of the Rings right now. And those Elf ladies would probably rock this blazer! Well, at least I know we humans can rock it. Herringbone is a tried and true pattern for fall and winter.
This classic blazer from Kohl’s can go dressy or casual, but in contemporary terms I’d prefer to wear it casually. I could see it, though, over a little black dress with some great jewelry and pumps. But where I really see it popping is with dark jeans, boots, a simple shirt underneath, and a brightly colored scarf that will compliment the beautiful saturated hues of the blazer. Are you picking up what I’m laying down?
This fleece blazer is really cute in design, and very casual. I’m just not in love with the epaulets, but all other aspects are darling. The pleated cargo pockets make this jacket feminine despite it’s military style. I’m not sure if there is any functional buttoning on this jacket. The fleece is a standard cotton/poly blend. I’ve never heard of Alloy before, so can’t speak to the quality of the garment.
Mossimo® Womens Pointed Lapel Sateen Jacket – $???
This sateen blazer from Target can be found only in stores. The price is not listed online, so for now that is a mystery. But it’s Target, so the price should be pretty good. Just a basic blazer that can go from casual to dress in a snap.
Finally, we have a fun and funky blazer option from ModCloth. It may remind you of a coat your stylin’ grandmother wore in the 60’s, but retro is back in a big way. If you’re wearing your literary striped blazer while reading a book and you start to get tired, just take a peek at the neon lime green lining. That should wake you up!
Are you a fan of the blazer? Do you have a favorite? Tell us about it in the comments…