Preparing myself for the coldest temperatures of the season, I decided to experiment before stepping out the door. The result – wearing two jackets in-tandem; I paired my leather Diesel jacket underneath my black pea-coat (which is living its second life with me, a precious hand-me-down my mother purchased at Loehmann’s, who wore it for years before giving it to me). On their own, each would not have been warm enough. Together, the jackets gave me the extra warmth I needed to brace against the snow and wind.
Nothing is more fun than experimenting with your clothes. Trying new styles, playing with textures and fabrics, and staying open to new ideas and concepts helps make old clothes feel new again. And adds life to well-loved pieces. There is nothing that says you have to wear the same thing over and over, the same exact way. The most creative stylists aren’t afraid to experiment and consistently look at new ways to put clothes together. I want to dress like that. I don’t want to follow any set rules when it comes to fashion – I would rather make up my own rules as I go along.
“You say blazer, I say jacket…tomato … tomAto!A jacket is the gorgeous gift wrap for your outfit … Nothing provides the illusion of an hourglass as quickly as a jacket … Also, you are conveying professionalism without sacrificing the edginess … A jacket enhances the integrity of any outfit … It’s the quickest way to clean up your act, sister!” ~ Kim, professional stylist
Spring is here and it’s the season of the blazer. Actually, every season is the season of the blazer. I’ve mentioned the importance of having a solid go-to blazer before, but somehow this spring, thanks to help from my new friend Kim I am changing the way I utilize my blazers. In other words I am wearing them with everything! They do so much more than help with a morning/evening chill; blazers provide opportunities to add color and give definition and structure that says professional and pulled together. Pair a blazer with your jeans or a soft dress for a relaxed and casual look, or with a slim black or neutral pant for work. Any and all combinations are divine!
“There is something about a well-fitted modern jacket that feels like armor. If it’s cut well, it adds a dose of cool to anything you wear it with and does the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a flattering shape.” ~ Stacy London – stylist, television personality, and author – from her new book, The Truth About Style
Do you own a blazer? Have you checked your closet recently? Blazers are so important for pulling a look together, and having a few well-fitting jackets, as Stacy London says, is necessary for feeling your best. I like the notion of a jacket as armor and I agree. Sometimes you want to say more rather than less. Sometimes you need the extra coverage; not just to complete a look, but to go deeper – to give you a sense of control and purpose when you need confidence. Sometimes, as your body ages, you simply need a little more structure and form, especially in the shoulders. And nothing, nothing gives a man or woman a sense of power and elegance like a blazer.
The expression ‘go to’ really fits when it comes to wearing a blazer. I have a few; a white and yellow for spring/summer, and my recent purchase – this Luxe Rachel Zoe chocolate-suede from her QVC collection. I chose it because of its good fit and interesting detail, including the puffed-sleeves (love!) and multiple zippers. And brown looks great with black, which makes it a classic for everything.
Take care of yourself and add your own protection with a proper jacket. Be a trail blazer!