This won’t be the first time you hear someone waxing lyrical about the importance of a great blazer, nor will it be the last. The reason? They really are a key piece in your wardrobe and when you find the right one (okay, maybe two) you’ll wonder what you ever did without one.
Senior fashion assistant at Red magazine, Jodie Dunworth explained: “Blazers have risen in popularity due to many wishing to emulate the style of chic French women, for which a blazer is most commonly what they’re pictured wearing whilst looking effortlessly stylish.” However, it’s important to be realistic as Dunworth adds, “whilst a blazer alone is not necessarily going to transform us, it can help you to feel more pulled together.”
Double or single breasted? Do you have to spend alot on tailoring? How should it fit? What colour shall I go for? Are just some of the questions we’re faced with when shopping for a blazer and are vital to get right. A good blazer has the ability to transform a simple t-shirt, jeans and trainers outfit in to a more polished look.
“A blazer must first and foremost, be flattering. It’s worth bearing in mind that not every cut of blazer will suit every shape, so start by trying on a variety of styles.” Dunworth says. Ensure any style you’re trying fits well on the shoulders and finishes at a flattering length (the hip bone ideally). If you find a blazer that ticks both of these boxes but the arms are a little too long, which often can happen, take it to your local tailors to have them shortened. That extra £10 will make all the difference.
Both single and double breasted blazers are stylish and really, it’s down to personal preference. Just be sure when trying on you consider how it looks both open and buttoned up (even if you’re only planning to wear a certain way). Many articles will tell you to size up regardless and this is not strictly true. You don’t want it to look like the blazers wearing you – the shoulders and across the back are key areas, if it doesn’t look and feel tight here, then you’ve found your size.
The right blazer should be one of the most versatile pieces in your wardrobe to ensure you get endless outfit opportunities. Therefore we recommend opting for a solid colour such as navy or black initially as opposed to a more trend led style such as herringbone and check. Stylist, Alice Edwards told us: ‘I have three blazers that I wear in constant rotation – navy, black and houndstooth check.’ So, if a blazer becomes one of your go to pieces, it could be worth considering having a couple of colour options.
If you’re looking to add to your blazer collection, white looks particularly chic in spring– perfect for pairing with florals. Whilst a pink blazer, in the right shade (like the Iris and Ink one below) is a gorgeous pop of colour that is more versatile than you might think.
The age old question when it comes to tailoring is do I need to invest? “Absolutely not. Although I would never advise someone against buying a Blaze Milano, the high street has some great blazer options. When I say the high street though, I don’t mean super reasonable but equally not designer prices – because ultimately you often get what you pay for.” explains Edwards. & Other Stories, COS and Arket really deliver on tailoring that is cut well, good quality and not eye wateringly expensive. The key thing is ensuring your blazer doesn’t look cheap – this can come from the fabric but also the fit. To help, we’ve compiled 5 of the best blazers around for all price points that are available to shop now.
1 – Sezané Christie Jacket
Sezané’s ‘Christie’ jacket might just be the perfect blazer. Double breasted in a linen blend and an incredibly flattering cut and length, for £150 you really can’t go wrong. This is the item your wardrobe needs that you’ll find yourself turning to on those inevitable ‘I don’t know what to wear’ days.
2 – Joseph Hazel Wool Jacket
If budget isn’t a problem, look to Joseph for timeless, high quality options. The ‘Trenton Cady Stretch Jacket’ with its slightly more relaxed fit and satin lapel detail is an investment piece that will work hard in your wardrobe. Whilst the ‘Hazel comfort wool jacket’ shown here is perfectly proportioned, and although not cheap, if worn alot it could be worth investing in one you love over three you like.
3 – Arket Wool Hopsack Blazer
Arket’s tailoring is second to none on the high street and is renowned for looking more expensive than it actually is. This navy one will work just aswell layered underneath a coat as it does as outerwear. If you’re concerned about looking too formal or corporate pair with casual, relaxed items such as jeans, floral skirts, trainers and sandals.
4 – Iris & Ink Eva Twill Blazer
As The Outnet’s own label, Iris & Ink know a thing or two about stylish yet classic pieces and this blazer is no different. Pink may seem daunting but when in the right shade, such as this one, it could be the suprising spring blazer update your wardrobe needs. Worn with blue denim and a white tee and trainers or paired with a black midi dress you’ll never tire of this pop of pink.
5 – H&M Double Breasted Jacket
Perhaps a place you wouldn’t consider looking for a blazer but every once in a while H&M produces something too good not to mention, and this cream double breasted blazer is it. Not only does it look far more expensive than its unbelievably reasonable £34.99 price tag, the gorgeous cream shade will see you through now when it’s crucial to layer, to those warm (we hope) summer evenings draped over your shoulders.