The Sartorial Staple
Every Woman Deserves
Every woman deserves to own at least one great blazer. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to make you feel fabulous. For me, there’s nothing more chic than a classic blazer in a beautiful fabric, with a flattering cut and some interesting buttons. An impeccably cut, multi purpose blazer is the closest thing to a uniform for people who don’t like uniforms. Styled up for date night or pared-back with trainers and jeans for the day, a blazer is the gift that keeps on giving.
A good blazer can make any of my outfits feel put together and a bit more ‘done up’. While blazer trends may come and go (cropped, oversized and boxy etc.) a timeless blazer that can stand the test of time is an absolute staple in my wardrobe. My go-to blazer style is usually double-breasted with a slim profile.
Some of my blazers I’ve had for at least 8 years or more. By shopping well and investing in good fabrics and styles from shops like The Kooples, Banana Republic and even Calvin Klein, has meant that I can continue wearing them as though they’re new season (and will continue to wear them for years to come). Even changing some of the buttons over time (switching metal military style to leather round tortoise or even white freshwater pearls) can change up and refresh a blazer. I once customised some sleeves in the past with a band of bottle green ostrich feathers too!
Sure I may have lusted over the incredible Balmain blazers made famous by influencers all over the world (incidentally River Island did a great dupe) but like many, my budget doesn’t allow for such a heavy investment right now.
Shop The Looks
Which brings me to today’s post. I picked up these three blazers at Topshop for a great price. Each champion my typical go-to sartorial style. I love a blazer that has a slight masculine cut with sleeves on the longer side. Buttons also make a big difference – they can determine whether a blazer looks cheap or stylish. These three Topshop finds tick all the boxes and come in Autumnal shades that will segue my wardrobe easily into Autumn/Winter.
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**The watch featured in this post is a gifted PR product. I am currently 5 months pregnant so a lot of the items featured will be a mix of maternity and main sizing.
1) The Black Twill Double Breasted Suit Blazer
An interesting thing happens when I put a black blazer over my shoulders; I instantly get a better posture and feel more assertive. A black blazer leaves me feeling polished and when teamed with ripped jeans, can make one feel smarter but still relaxed.
This dry-clean only blazer is £49 and comes up on the larger side. I’m wearing a size 12 at 5 months pregnant so I may get it tailored smaller when I’m post baby bump.
2) The Camel Single Breasted Suit Blazer
This camel blazer is one for those of us who automatically approach a neutral palette each morning. The camel colour looks great worn with other muted tones and I definitely feel more luxe teaming it with my Gucci Princetown mules and this strapped Rocker shoulder bag. It’s a beautiful texture and a little thicker than the black blazer in look one (above).
3) The Ecru Double Breasted Blazer
Out of the three, this double breasted blazer is probably my favourite. I find a double breasted style is more flattering and this particular blazer has a more laid back vibe rather than super formal.
This one is selling fast and so sizes are quite limited. I’m wearing a size 12 and will wear this even after I’ve had the baby as I love the relaxed, over-sized style.
Out of the three blazers, which is your favourite?
Styling & words by Lauren Silvester, photography by Zoe Griffin