Monday, January 25, 2016

How to Wear a Bright Blazer: 3 Outfit Ideas

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I’ve talked a lot about wardrobe staples recently, and I’ve come to learn that there isn’t truly a “universal list” of staples that work for everyone. Sometimes I buy something (like my black ponte pants) and know they’ll get a ton of wear, other items evolve more gradually into “staple” status.

For example, I bought an orange blazer from Target a few years ago (seen here, here, and here) because it was on major sale. Some impulse buys don’t work out for me, but as evidenced by my blog, I wore the heck out of that blazer. Therefore, when it started to show signs of wear I knew it would be necessary to find its replacement, stat.

I like to focus more on quality when I’m buying staples, so I looked to my favorite place to buy quality brands at a low cost, ThredUp. I found this tomato red Gap blazer in near-perfect condition and happily put it in my shopping cart. I’m thrilled with the quality and have found it to be just as versatile as it’s orange, worn counterpart.

This blazer is both bright and bold, but it’s also very wearable. Here are 3 looks that showcase the versatility of a bright blazer. (Tip: You can still wear blazers in the winter! Just be sure that the shoulders and sleeves of your coat are roomy enough to accommodate the added bulk underneath. You don’t want to look like a linebacker or that kid from A Christmas Story.)




{Look 1: Casual Classic}


I love mixing masculine and feminine elements in an outfit, so I chose to balance the “school boy” look of the blazer and desert booties with pearls. (If you follow me on Instagram this look may be familiar… I wore this to work last week.)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped shirt: Ann Taylor Factory (similar) | jeans: Denizen by Levi | pearls: Loft Outlet (similar) | desert booties: Crown Vintage (similar)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped shirt: Ann Taylor Factory (similar) | jeans: Denizen by Levi | pearls: Loft Outlet (similar


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped shirt: Ann Taylor Factory (similar) | jeans: Denizen by Levi | pearls: Loft Outlet (similar) | desert booties: Crown Vintage (similar)

{Look 2: Bright Blazer at Work}


This bold blazer is the perfect topper to a striped dress. I kept the rest of the look neutral, with black tights and a brown belt and boots. By the way, I’m a big fan of mixing neutrals, like black and brown, especially when you have a bright pop of color somewhere else in your outfit.


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped dress: Old Navy (similar) | necklace: Fenno Fashion (similar) | belt: Loft (similar) | boots: Mia (similar)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped dress: Old Navy (similar) | necklace: Fenno Fashion (similar) | belt: Loft (similar)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | striped dress: Old Navy (similar) | necklace: Fenno Fashion (similar)


{Look 3: Bring on the color}


Sometimes in the winter I get stuck in a neutral rut, but I’ve mentioned before that I want to embrace color more often; it truly does make me so happy. I’m keeping my base layers neutral: black and white checks with denim. On top, however, I incorporated the tomato red color in both my blazer and my shoes. For even more color I did smaller pops of turquoise in my necklace and earrings (both from KC locals, woop woop!).


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | check shirt: Target (similar) | jeans: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: eNVe Designs | lace-up flats: Topshop (similar)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | check shirt: Target (similar) | jeans: Loft | earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: eNVe Designs


lace-up flats: Topshop (similar)


Blazer: Gap via ThredUp (similar) | check shirt: Target (similar) |  earrings: Nickel and Suede | necklace: eNVe Designs

Do you have a bright blazer in your closet? How do you like to wear it?

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