Wednesday, April 24, 2013

blazer-happy.

Sooooo.... I have recently been going through a slight blazer-phase.  I feel like I was just recently re-acquainted with classic professional piece.  I'm not sure if it was going through the whole interview process that did it, or simply the excitement of dressing up for a new job... but either way, I'm digging them right now.

I think part of it is the fact that in today's fashion world, blazers are no longer the definition of boring, stuffy, business attire.  They now come in all sorts of colors, prints, patterns and fabrics.  Many are actually even comfortable.  I know.  Crazy, right?

It all started with this amazing royal blue blazer that I scored from Forever 21.  I'm not going to lie... I pretty much wore to all of my interviews and recruitment meetings...

{WARNING: lots of awesome selfies to follow... most of them while parked in my car... because I'm cool like that.}

It is a gorgeous royal blue, comfy cotton fabric lined with silk on the inside.  I love that it has a classic shape, but the bold color definitely ensures that it's not boring.


On the first day of my new job I pulled out this black & white striped blazer that I've probably had for over 2 years.  I'm not quite sure why I haven't worn it more often?  It' super comfortable and I love the way it looks with the bright yellow:)


I recently bought this floral blazer on clearance from Target.  It's some kind of denim material, so not quite as comfy and stretchy as it's cotton counterparts, but I'm totally loving the feminine floral pattern.  I'm thinking this blazer would look great with a simple gray t-shirt as well??


This blazer is a tad darker than the royal blue one pictured above... and I'm digging the black leather trim details on this one.  Again, this blazer is super comfortable, in a stretchy cotton fabric, with 3/4 sleeves.  I love the classic, polished look of this jacket.


And how about some polka-dots for good measure?  I'm not typically a big polka-dot fan, but I figured the black & white color combo toned down the polka-dot party.  You can't really tell from this picture, but I paired it with a simple mint green t-shirt, which I surprisingly really loved.

Told you.  I'm a little out of control... a little blazer-happy lately. 

However... I do have this one blazer that seems to have stumped me.  It's a bright coral blazer from Forever 21.  I bought it several months ago, but it still has the tags on it.  I can't seem to figure out how to wear it.  I'm not sure if it's the color that is throwing me off or the more formal-feeling fabric?

a) I thought about doing a pink-on-pink type of look and pairing it with a floral feminine tank?

b) Or maybe a nautical touch?  A white flowy top with little black anchors on it?

c) Or how about my favorite heart blouse for a more classic, collared look?

What do you think??  Are you a fan of the blazer?  Thoughts/opinions on styling the challenging coral blazer?  

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9 comments:

Flossie said...

Personally, I like the 3rd option. I don't really do blazers, though. Never thought they looked good on me. I feel like they add bulk. (Or maybe that's just my neurosis.) I do, however, love cardigans. I'm constantly hot/cold/hot/cold @ work, so I bring one just about every day.

P.S. Will you take me shopping sometime???

mleslie43 said...

I like your second or third options for the last blazer. I think it is great that you have brought blazers back to looking cool again! Love how you have worn all of them! Try your orange one soon, I like it!!

mleslie43 said...

Actually, it looks orange in the first two but more pink in the 3rd and maybe that is why we like that last one the best? Have fun with it!

Shari said...

I'm loving blazers lately too. They're so fun to dress up. :) I like look 2 OR 3 for the coral blazer.

Jaimie said...

I like the first or third option for the coral blazer. And you look classy in all of them! That's quite a collection! :)

Christiana said...

Loving your blazer collection with the prints and color mix. Love the styling too. I'm a big blazer fan also, they just come in so handy for the office look and transform any outfit easily. I'm looking to add more colored and lengthy blazer to my collection. I have way one too many black blazer:) I love the 2nd pairing for the coral blazer.

SuzanneDavis said...

I like option B, I have a ton of blazers as well and I think the more simple the better when it comes to tops. Also I think this piece would look great with leather leggings or tight blank pants and heels. You could also wear it with a shorter pencil skirt to keep the structured look. What a great find at Forever and HANG on to it, it will look stunning for spring!

Visiting your site from the Pleated Poppy, happy Wednesday :)

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chrystinanoel.com said...

So. I'm 24. I entered the professional world 2 years ago. Blazers are the one thing that I still feel like I'm not mature enough to wear. I feel like there is such a connotation that goes with them - and that I still have some growing into them. I recently bought a blazer at Forever 21 though. It's white with black and purple flowers on it. I'm looking forward to the day I have the nerve to wear it.

Rachel said...

I think you could make any outfit look great - you're just COOL like that = ) ... I like option 2 though.
Hope you are making some friends at work. I think that is always the hardest part of starting a new job. Although I am now 31 and have really just started my first "official" job 2 years ago. = ) And wear the same old military uniform daily for the past 5 years.