So, if you haven’t noticed by now, blazers are one of this year’s biggest trends. Many designers behind big-name labels including Givenchy (Fall 2017 RTW), Alexander Wang (Fall 2017 RTW/Spring 2018 RTW), and Jacquemus (Fall 2017 RTW), just to name a few, have shown how blazers are versatile and integral to the everyday wardrobe.
And I say everyday because blazer are no longer just for parties and work events – they are the perfect addition to any look, regardless of your style.
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Personally, I’m ecstatic since I’ve always loved a staple blazer since the days of my youth,
not to mention that I already own quite a few, hehe. It’s also a lot of fun seeing other people style blazers as well; after all, inspiration does come in many forms, right? 😉
Whether you’re a blazer veteran or you’ve been wanting to give this trend a try, this guide will teach you how to style a blazer while ensuring that the next blazer you purchase is a keeper.
Know Your Style
Before I begin, what exactly is your sense of style?
For me, my style consists of elements of vintage, polished, minimalism/maximism, as well as a dash of Korean streetwear. These are all things that make up who I am as well as what I like. So, with this in mind, I’ll naturally gravitate towards blazers like the Forever 21 Contemporary blazer I’m wearing (similar pieces here) or this one I wore to Fashion Week San Diego this year, just to name a few.
If you’re unsure on what your personal style is, pick out your top five outfits, accessories and all, and ask yourself these questions:
- Why are they your favorite outfits?
- What kind of theme(s) do they all have? Are they boho? Or does it scream androgyny? Or maybe they’re a mixture of multiple styles like mine.
- Do all these pieces tell someone else that it’s ‘you‘?
If you were able to answer these questions, then you have a good grasp on your sense of style.
You see, style is completely different than fashion. Someone once said that fashion fades, but style is eternal – and it’s true. Style, like us, evolves and grows alongside us, making it a part of you. Fashion, on the other hand, will die at one point or another.
Plus, it’s also fairly obvious when someone’s only copying the latest fashion trends, just an FYI.
By understanding what your go-to style(s) is, this will make make shopping for a blazer, or in general, a breeze.
Know Your Fit
As people, we all have different body types. In order to accommodate, fashion people of the past created numerous rules that state that so-and-so has to wear this but not this because of their body type. Since learning about these rules, I’ve always felt very restricted and stumped since I felt like I wasn’t able to pick out what I want.
It was only where I embraced breaking the rules that I felt empowered.
Now, I’m not saying that it’s not important to know what type of clothing fits certain body types better (this knowledge is actually pretty helpful!), but what I’m trying to say is that go with what you feel is right for you. You are in charge of your happiness.
If your body feels comfortable in looser clothing, go for it. If your body likes it snug, then go for it.
You do you.
Know Your Length
Do you like it long or do you like it short?
With longer blazers, they often give off a relaxed yet trés chic vibe like the one I’m wearing, but with a shorter blazer, they give off a formal, I-mean-business kind of vibe.
Know Your Fabric
Fabrics are a lot more important than you think, especially if you live in hotter or colder areas of the planet. For example, a cotton blazer would be more fitting to wear in a hot location than a cold one due to it being lightweight.
Also, fabrics come in a variety of patterns aside from shades of black, white, and gray. There are brocade, plaid, striped, and many more others to choose from nowadays. However, there are certain fabrics that can make your outfit look like a million bucks or not. See the infographic below.
Know Your Occasion
When I go shopping, I like to think about the kind of place(s) I’ll be going to. Not only does this help me choose pieces that are appropriate for the occasion, it helps me choose versatile pieces I can wear over and over again (no one likes a one-use outfit!).
I use this same technique for everything, including blazers. Since they are most commonly seen either on the street or at a fancy gathering, you want to make sure your blazer will best fit your environment.
BONUS: Know Your Stores
Clothing stores often serve a select group of audience. One popular example that comes to mind is Hot Topic. As you may know, they sell music merchandise as well as pop culture collectibles like Adventure Time tees and Pokemon plush. If you were in search of a blazer like mine, you wouldn’t find it there since that’s not the kind of apparel they sell.
Ultimately, if you are in search of a specific style of clothing, go to a boutique that serves your type of style and you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. Below, you’ll see the blazers I currently have my eye on, all of them being under $100.
I hope these tips will help you out as you go shopping for your next blazer!