Style Craving: Navy Blazer

Whether you go to school, have kids in school, or teach school (or happen to be superwoman and do all three) it's hard to miss that Fall is just around the corner. For me, this time of year used to mean pouring through my Seventeen magazine, going to the mall, and spending my parents' money like it was my job. Now that those days are far behind, I have to be a bit more judicious about what buy each season. Not that this is easy. I'm still a sucker for a big fat September issue (although no longer of Seventeen), and after reading "12,347 Must Haves for Fall" I'm convinced that I absolutely cannot live without a new pair of boots...or a statement necklace...or a bright leather tote...or a sequin-embellished dress...or.... you get the idea. Eventually, after a gentle reminder from my husband about the definition of the word "need", I pare down my shopping list.

One item that made this month's list is a classic navy blue blazer. It may not be as exiting as neon pink platform pumps, but unlike the latter, I will still want to wear it several years from now. Blazers are an excellent way to look put together, to define your waist, and to add some structure to loose, flowy tops or dresses. Also, they're a simple way to transition lightweight, summery clothes into Fall. I chose navy blue because it's a bit softer than black, and because it's a neutral, it goes with everything. Here are a few of my favorites:

Gap at ShopStyle

Clockwise from top left: Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters $78, (center) Gap $98, Mango $59.90, Mink Pink at Revolve Clothing $75, Level 99 at Dillards $55

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