Are you a blazer person? I am a huge blazer fan. There is something powerful, chic, and sophisticated about a well-cut blazer. No matter what else I might wear, an addition of a blazer will take my look to the next level. It instantly polishes an outfit creating additional dimension, complexity, and style.
But there is one little problem: a good blazer is not cheap and is hard to find. We live in a time of fast fashion where trendy clothes are bought and worn one or two times. They are cheap, made from inferior materials, with bad construction and awful wear-and-tear life expectancy. Such clothes look cheap and exhausted after a single wear. That is not a blazer you want to buy!
Buying a well-constructed blazer is worth the money; it will save you money, heartache, and disappointment in the long term. A great blazer will become your favorite for weekdays and weekends, whether you are running errands, getting coffee with a friend, heading into a work meeting, or simply enjoying life. A well-cut, thoughtfully created, and expertly sewed blazer is beyond amazing. It is a staple, anchor, life rope of any style-conscious individual.
How to find a quality blazer?
It is possible to find an amazing blazer, but it is not easy. There will be many trials and errors before you find your hero, who will become your go-to for many life events.
Let's talk about what you need to look for in a quality blazer.
1. Before you even put on a blazer, check the quality of:
A great blazer should have no exposed stitches, loose buttons, or unpolished lapels. It must have structural integrity if it is to last years. So make sure that a blazer is fully lined, buttons and buttonholes are secure and clean-cut, and lapels hold their shape.
2. Check out a little tag on the inside of a blazer.
What is the material makeup?
How do you care for the blazer?
I consider these questions very carefully before I even try on an item. I avoid materials like polyester (looks cheap), silk (hard to care for), and viscose (does not look polished). I do enjoy wool, linen, cotton, and any combination of these three.
Most blazers require dry cleaning, and you will have to accept that. Summer and spring blazers that are cotton or linen might be washed in cold water - but always check the care tag first!
The origin of the blazer matters to me; I prefer clothes made in Europe, America, or Australia. I believe that the quality and design should not be short-changed. Great clothes require time, expertise, dedication, and attention that mass-produced Chinese factories cannot provide.
3. Try on a blazer and get ready for the next set of questions:
Are the sleeves length OK?
Are sleeves wide enough?
Does an overall length work?
Does the design work?
Most of these questions are personal, and it might be hard to decide. The bottom line is that no matter what, a blazer must be flattering and adequately sized.
4. A new blazer is excellent, but how will you style it?
Buying an amazing blazer is half the battle. Think about your wardrobe and outfit options. Is it a daytime or nighttime blazer? Is it professional or casual? Will it work with your existing wardrobe or clash with it?
What blazer works for what body?
There are no rules in fashion, and all suggestions must be taken with a grain of salt. Let's generally talk about body shapes and what blazers might look best.
If you are petite, try blazers that are shorter and fit closer to a body. This blazer will create an illusion of longer legs.
If you have broad shoulders, consider a collarless blazer that will take the attention away from your shoulders.
If you are a pear shape, consider a structured blazer that will balance out your figure's top and bottom parts.
If you are an apple shape, consider draped blazers that won't hug too tight in the waist.
How to style a blazer?
Please do not feel intimidated by a blazer. It is friendly, chic, and easy to wear. There are no limits as to how you could style your blazer. It works well with pumps or flats, blouse or t-shirt, dressed-down or dressed-up, jeans or slacks.
A few ways to style a blazer:
Pair a blazer with a tee and jeans. Make sure that your top is tucked in and bottoms fit properly (aka you are not suffocating in them). Then you can throw on flats or pumps, sunglasses or a hat. Style your hair in a low pony, add a dash of lip gloss.
Pair your blazer with a dress (my favorite look). If your dress is voluminous, go for a fitted blazer. If your dress is tight, you can pair it with an oversized blazer. Add pumps, red lipstick, and let your hair down.
Pair your blazer with a skirt and blouse. If your skirt is long, go for a shorter fitted blazer. If your skirt is short, you can add a longer blazer. Play around with proportions and see what works for you.
There are indeed no rules in fashion except for one - your style must work for you. You must feel confident, empowered, and ready to take on the world in anything you wear.
Side note: Keep in mind location and occasion. A short tight dress with a blazer might not be the right option for a summer picnic or a business meeting. You might look gorgeous, but no one will appreciate your efforts if you are wearing inappropriate clothes.
Finding a great blazer is hard, and we all want to find the cheapest deal possible. And while it is possible to score a great blazer at a sale, you still will pay a pretty penny. Quality, style, and design are not cheap, but the right blazer made with care, love, and purpose will serve you for years to come.