Since we’re on the topic of basics – another one we can’t ignore is the necessity of blazers. I’ve been on a jacket and blazer kick for the past 10 years – I love how easily they dress up an outfit (or dress DOWN an oufit too) immediately. Think of the next wedding you have – what a great way to stand out than by pairing a gorgeous slinky body-conscious dress with a tailored blazer with big buttons and the perfect amount of sheen. HOT! It’s just formal enough to show you care about the event, but just edgy enough to show that you can still have style without looking like you just walked out of a bridesmaid catalog.
I have about 10 blazers in my wardrobe, but could always use more – it’s important to keep the shape and fit sizes varied so that you can combine with bottoms while still maintaining a sexy and fluid look. Fitted or slightly baggy and long blazers look phenomenal with skinny jeans or leggings but aren’t great with long dresses. Shrunken on top works great with floaty and longer pieces on the bottom. Always mix up the proportions – otherwise you run the risk of looking dumpy or sloppy – never good.
Some favorite picks from the following brands below: Topshop, DVF, Theory, Proenza Schouler, Elizabeth & James, Boden, Stella McCartney, Victoria’s Secret and Theory.
Tweed and sequins are going to be back in a huge way, and I’m banking that both the tux and equestrian looks will repeat from last year too. Another thing to keep your eyes out for is brooches – not your grandma’s accessory – no, no! Think big and chunky, gothic-like antique silvers and golds, with punches of mysteriously dark gems and stones. The same goes for sweater clips – with all the loose and draped looks, it’s a great way to spruce up a slouchy cardigan, while also serving a function – preventing unintended shoulder slipping. I also love the way a sweater clip (or brooch) looks when clipped on the back of a baggy blazer or cardigan. Talk about leaving an impression on the way out…
Signing off – FOTM