It’s high time we gave the humble blazer it dues…
Not only can you throw it on with jeans and a simple t-shirt and it will elevate your look to polished and precise in a nano-second, but it is also a must for anyone flirting with power dressing.
In the past though, blazers have felt a bit formal for fashion’s mood. Either too much structure when the season is feeling more liberal, or to office-appropriate when the mood is more carefree. Well now is the time for this cult classic to move to the forefront of our wardrobes.
Fashion month has been serving up some much needed inspiration on how to wear the new iterations. Fabrics like tweeds, corduroy and velvet have left their stuffy heritage behind and come over all fresh and modern.
Boxy shapes and strong shoulders are paving the way for more contemporary styles, and even the traditional looking two-bottom number is being paired with unlikely flowing skirts or really wide-leg trousers to give it a more fluid and modern feel. They’re being layered over dresses and polo necks, too. The scope of their versatility this season is seriously impressive, they’re infiltrating all areas of dress.
As far as longevity goes, a classic style will see you well into 2020. Some of the coolest new styles were seen on the runway at London Fashion Week.
Victoria Beckham championed the trend with sophisticated tailoring, graphic cuts and exaggerated lapels, Roland Mouret’s tailoring was just divine – the lilac-caped blazer and the double-breasted, drapey, white version were among our favourites. While Riccardo Tisci also reinterpreted a Burberry classic that was anything but beige.
Shop our picks of fashion’s perennial piece, here: