If this was my go-to weekend look, then this is my go-to office look. I realize the variables are pretty similar, but funnily enough, I find that if you throw a blazer on anything, people automatically assume you are a professional, upstanding citizen who has their life figured out.
Pop in on me during the work day, and you can usually find me in jeans and a tee — maybe a sweater in the winter months. Then, on an as needed basis, I’ll top the whole she-bang with a blazer. The genius of the great-fitting blazer is that it’s a piece requiring zero thought or consideration, while giving the appearance of the exact opposite. I’ve thrown a blazer over jeans and a tee to go out for happy hour, to girls dinners, or to a lunch meeting. Swap out the shoes based on the occasion, and you look insta-polished. I wore this exact outfit — except with loafers, a tote, and a long pendant necklace — out to a lunch meeting last week, and received compliments on my duds. Don’t you love that? Like 30 seconds of dressing = clients telling you how pulled together you look. This, my friends, is the genius of the capsule collection wardrobe (more on this here and here, if you need a place to start).
A question about YOUR favorite blazer, below…
Let’s discuss this blazer for a minute though. I’ve had it for probably 4 or 5 years. It’s the J. Crew (old school) Schoolboy blazer. They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. No, really, they actually stopped making this cut. From what I’ve read and tried on in store, the Rhodes is their replacement for it, but I find it boxier, less tailored, and with lower quality materials. Anyone else notice this? Peep their reviews, and so many customers are crying for the “old” Schoolboy.
So I’m wondering: Do you have a favorite blazer? Who makes it? I’d really love to know! I’ve been on the hunt for a slim cut, tailored black blazer that doesn’t look like it’s part of a suit and is as easy a piece as this baby is. I’ve been eyeing one from Rag & Bone, but have a tough time justifying spending that kind of cash on a blazer (same story with this Theory version, though she’s pretty). What keeps both in contention is that if the last several years with my navy Schoolboy is any indication, I’d wear the new blazer a lot. This one from AYR also caught my eye (those cool cut outs!), but I worry it’ll be a little long on my frame. So send me your recs for a high quality, have-it-forever blazer! I’ve had a black blazer on my NEED list for a while.