Sunday, 7 July 2013

A little black blazer for summer and beyond

Lea Michele works the summer blazer,
Lea Michele works the summer blazer, via Instagram

In the summer I ditch the coat but I still like a jacket that's smart enough for work. The fail-safe piece that I rely on time and again is a black fitted blazer or tux-style jacket. The best thing about this multi-tasking jacket is that it works for day or evening, work or weekends. Team it with jeans and a white tee to keep things casual or with a leather skirt for Friday night. It's perfectly professional too so it ticks the box for big meetings or job interviews when worn with a chic shift dress or tailored trousers.

My current jacket was about £50 from M&S and has two leather-look panels which bring it nicely up to date. Before that I had been wearing a jacket I bought in the sale from George at ASDA for £9 - it lasted me years and years and washed really well which both surprised and pleased me in equal measure.

The Black Blazer Hotlist 

Now I'm looking for a new one, hence the idea for this post, and here are a few contenders (and a couple that would only feature in my dream closet due to the designer price tags). Take a look below, and scroll to the bottom for some style tips too...

Theory leather trim jacket

Topshop black blazer

Blazer with elbow patches

Blazer With Elbow Patches - Zara - £39.99 (was £59.99)
McQueen black blazer

Zara black blazer

Top tips...

  • Avoid double breasted styles if you're curvy up top, they tend to add the appearance of extra width
  • 1-button styles are great for accentuating the waist
  • If going casual, leave your blazer unbuttoned - rolling the sleeves up once can also look nice
  • Looking for a fashion edge? Opt for a black blazer with another texture such as jacquard or leather
Do you own a little black jacket? Which brand does the best blazers for women?
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