What to Look for in a Great Basic Blazer

What to Look for in a Great Basic Blazer

Hello, lovelies. I hope you’re all doing as well as can be.

Twice a year, the changing of seasons brings about the dilemma of how to dress for days that see sunshine and pleasantness one moment and then perhaps rain and dark skies the very next. For times such as these where we could see two or more seasons in the span of a single day, I have one word for you: layering.

One of my favourite layering pieces is a good blazer. They’re really good for making a casual outfit – like this first one with a t-shirt and a pair of jeans – look that much smarter and put-together; and I can’t think of the words ‘smart casual’ without a blazer popping into mind.

The thing with blazers is that they’re really easy to get wrong when you’re shopping for them on a budget. When I’m looking for one, I make sure to keep an eye out for five things that – to me – make a really good basic blazer: material, structure, fit, colour and print.

The material and structure of a blazer affect how it will sit on your body. Personally, I never buy blazers that are made of a material that is too thin or has stretch in it because even when the blazer is lined, it can’t hold its shape and there’s no sense of structure. They sag and pull at the seams and it’s just not a good look.

T-Shirt – SheIn
Jeans – Lulu & Sky
Shoes A local shoe store

When it comes to fit, I prefer blazers that are straight-cut, longline and have full-length sleeves (that are not pre-gathered like this one). In my experience, blazers with these features are way more versatile. The blue one I’m wearing is worn more casually in the first outfit, but fits in easily with a more formal outfit as well.

As for colour and print, again, you’ve got to keep in mind versatility because when you’re on a budget, you want your blazer to go with a lot of outfits. So of course, solid black is a great colour to have a blazer in. If you’re not into dark colours as much, then a solid beige- or camel-coloured one is also fantastic to have. Prints are reserved for other clothing in my wardrobe, such as my tops or dresses, so that I can mix and match my solid-coloured blazers with them more easily.

Blazer H&M
DressCustom Made
Bag Gifted
Shoes – Mast & Harbour

When you’ve got your basic blazer pieces down, feel free to graduate to other colours, prints and fits. I made sure I had a great solid black blazer as well as a solid camel one before I moved on to buy this blue blazer and then, more recently, a mustard one – which I’ll be showing you in a haul on my YouTube channel very soon!

I hope my tips help you find your perfect blazer. Until next time!

Making My Shirt Dress Go the Extra Mile

If you follow my Instagram page, you know how much I love me a good ol’ white button-down shirt. But how about a white button-down dress? Could it be just as versatile? Could I make it a bit more…edgy? Well, I added on a crop-top that I bought on a whim (and hardly wore) et voilĂ !

Photography courtesy ze boyrfriend, A.L.

I couldn’t help but feel a little bit Moira Rose-esque in this black and white combo. If you haven’t watched Schitt’s Creek yet, please do. The pilot episode didn’t hook me in the first time but by the time the show came to an end, I was bawling. A feel-good show for any anxiety-ridden fellows like myself.

Previously, I’d thought that, at most, the only thing that could go over a shirt dress was a piece of outerwear like a sweater, a blazer or a coat of some kind. Putting on a top on top of a dress wasn’t something that clicked at first until I went on Pinterest and saw a few other ladies putting on crop tops on top of their dresses. Who would’ve thought?

Seriously, you guys, if you haven’t made use of Pinterest to get some outfit inspo, try it out! It changed my game, for sure. You can find my curated board of Outfit Inspo right here.

Until next time! x

Earrings – H&M
Dress – Forever 21
Crop Top – Max Fashion
Bag – Local Shop
Shoes – NEXT