Double Breasted Blazer

It’s Sunday night, I’m feeling pretty shattered and I’ve been trying to put this post together for a while now so please bare with me and the very weak piece that I am about to produce! I really just want to show you how awesome the double breasted blazer is and why it’s such a great investment piece (not here to sell my journalist skills, or lack of, for that matter).

An update on the oversized double breasted blazer.  Its a great piece that goes with loads, from mini skirts to wide leg trousers, you name it.  Its a wonderfully masculine style that looks so feminine (think subtle shoulder pads and the longer length give it the girly edge) buttoned up to show off a waistline or left undone for a more relaxed look.  Keep it casual with a tee underneath.  Its really an all year round piece that I’m positive you will find a go to when you’re feeling unsure.  It dresses up casual to the right degree and dresses down formal to perfection especially if you push the sleeves up and let the front fall open nonchalantly.

Whilst you want to buy a relaxed fit, a blazer must fit well, even an oversized one.  You want it to have a certain element of softness and to not be too stiff.  Opt for the obvious grey or navy blue for longevity.  Whilst plaid or houndstooth will get you all the extra style creds now! So I won’t apologise for my pathetically written post because I provide you with some awesomely inspirational pics to get your trend juices flowing!

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Have a fantastic week everyone

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The Item every wardrobe needs

The utility or military if you like, jacket has become something of a staple, like the denim jacket. It goes over everything, from a t-shirt to a formal frock.  Its slightly more versatile than the denim jacket however, in that the longer length and softer fabric (in some) allows you to play around with the style a lot more.  Wearing a belt around the middle can dress it up over a cocktail dress, or if it’s more of a Shacket (shirt/jacket for those of you not up to speed with fashion jargon ;)) then the fabric is usually a softer tencel which allows you to even tuck it in as a shirt, wear it open loosely with sleeves rolled up or tied around your waist.

Here are some of the best ones out there.

This is your really good box standard Utility Jacket, it has an inner drawstring for creating a waistline, softer fabric, and all buttons covered. Super jacket to throw over anything, shop here

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A camo jacket has the same effect and does pretty much the same just a little bit more out there, great for mixing up prints and livening up staples. Shop here

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This one s referred to as a parka by the retailer however aside from the outer cord drawstring to me it’s more of a utility jacket than a parka.  The adjustable cord showing on the outside  gives it more of a casual feel and limits the styling of this jacket somewhat, only slightly though, but a great shape and I love the high neck and lapels. Shop here

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Topshop has been doing them for years and they are always a great fit, you can never go wrong here.

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A trusted brand when it comes to quality, this fit and fabric look perfect, the length is good too for those ladies with larger hip areas as you don’t want the jacket length ending at your widest part of your hips and thighs. Shop here

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ADORE this jacket giving it a trendier edge with the full sleeve making this one slightly more feminine. Shop here

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We can rely on Zara to give us a bunch of trends in one jacket, from embroidery, and studs to writing and colour on this slightly more parker-esque take on a utility jacket (you will see from the back shape online), This one’s got all the bells and whistles if your’e a trend junkie

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Im clearly a fan of the slightly more feminine styles as this military jacket with frills is right up my alley and could easily jump into my basket.. shop here

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And this ladies and gentlemen is how you style your utility/military jacket!

 

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Jan/Feb Pick Me Up

This really is for my Northern Hemisphere friends but the principle can be applied everywhere around the world of course.

I’m doing one for the colder climates right now because whilst we all need a pick me up in Jan/Feb no matter where we live, the one thing I can say is that I never used to get as sick of my outfits as I did living in London by January.  Coats, jeans and trainers or boots, day in and day out.  A good idea is to layer up different weight jackets and gillet’s to not only give your heavy winter coats a break but to make things a little more interesting.  I have chosen a few items as an example of what you could do differently whilst still keeping warm.

Outfit 1: For my first choice I have a cool pair of step hem crop jeans, wear a warm crew neck jumper, then pull on the utility jacket, roll up the sleeve once to show the jumper sleeve, and then add the faux fur long waist coat for extra warmth and style.  Wear a pair of square toe ankle boots for extra style creds and possibly a fedora if you’re into your hats and accessories.

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Faux Fur Waistcoat here // Utility Jacket here // Step Hem Straight Jeans here

Outfit 2: This warm long sleeve fitted top underneath is perfect under all sorts, ware underneath the dress, add a leather jacket and biker boots or and ankle boot to dress this look down and keep you warm whilst still looking great.

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Maxi dress here // Long Sleeve Vest here // Leather biker jacket here

For something totally different, invest in a non skinny pair of leather trousers and Im pretty sure you wont regret it.  Pair these with a plain top and simple shoes, be it heels or flats. Tuck this cashmere jumper in to show off the lovely waits-band and wear with a pair of suede sneakers or loafers to add edge and comfort on a cold day.

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Leather Trousers here // Cashmere Polo Neck Jumper here // Suede and leather loafers here

The key pieces of these three looks (Faux fur Waist coat, Maxi Dress, Leather Trousers) can all be dressed up and down depending on the shoes and accessories you choose. A good way of finding new outfits is looking through your wardrobe and finding something that you wouldn’t normally wear on any given day and pair it with a contrasting staple from your wardrobe to give it a new lease on life.

Have a happy week!

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