I know, the weather has finally turned here in the UK and Coat season is really upon us, but on days where the biting wind is not so strong, then why not think about a blazer? A blazer is my ultimate go-to item to instantly smarten up any look. When I wear one I feel like grown-up. Or at least, I feel like it gives people the illusion that I actually know what I’m doing. It’s all a lie of course as we should be aware than no-one REALLY knows what they are doing. I’m pretty sure that 97% of the population is just winging it. Apart from maybe The Queen, Heart Surgeons and some of those experts on the Antiques Roadshow. The rest of us, not a clue.
But if you want to give off that aura of authority, get yourself a blazer. Let’s have a look at some of my favourites blazer combos…
BLAZER AND CHINOS
Starting off with this one as these are my new favourite trousers. I bought them last week from Cos. I’ve said it before, but I will say it again, Cos do THE best trousers on the high street. Always fit great, are good quality and well tailored. I would say I buy 90% of my trousers from there. Pair with the perfect seasonal Fairisle sweater from Boden and add a slightly oversized Blazer to pull it all together. Remember to size up if you plan to wear your blazer with a chunky sweater. Don’t ever be afraid to size up. I do that a lot with high street clothes as I find they often hang better. Size is only a number.
BLAZER AND CORDS
You should know by now that I’m a big fan of corduroy for Autumn/ Winter. I need to curb my cord obsession before it gets too out of hand. Pair your cords with a traditional herringbone blazer like this one from J Crew. J Crew do really good blazers. They are not cheap, I grant you, but they are designed to last. Classic styles that don’t go out of fashion. I have a navy one I bought nearly 3 years ago and it’s always something I turn to if I want to smarten up a bit.
BLAZER AND DRESS
I usually wear my biker jacket with dresses, but for evening glam points or fancier days then a blazer works a treat. Another classic from J Crew again. If you are not ready for tights just yet, or just plain don’t like the feel of a nylon gusset then wear some ‘secret leggings’ underneath. If you get this pack of 2 from M&S you can cut one pair to a shorter length depending on the type of dress you’re wearing. The trick is to not have them show (hence the ‘secret’ part) so it looks like you have no fear of the cold weather. People will admire your hardiness but only you alone will know your layering skills.
BLAZER AND JEANS
This is probably my favourite of these looks. I love jeans and a blazer. I know it can be a bit Kate Middleton-on-a day-off, but take away the wedge espadrilles or knee high tan boots.and add Megan Markle’s favourite Veja trainers and you’re good to go. However I will not judge you if you are indeed a tan knee boot/wedge espadrille kind of a gal. This Boden blazer is also a new arrival in my wardrobe, I love the pop of red under the collar and I intend to match it to my socks. That’s just how I roll.
Just to prove, I practise what I preach, here’s me in my Blazer this week. On what was, quite possibly, the last ‘bare ankle’ day of the season.