Blazers are by far one of the most important pieces of clothing in any women’s wardrobe, a complete staple that can quite easily pull an outfit together or make it look that little bit smarter. I love a nice blazer, I own 3, a plain black one, a navy with maroon stripe one and a black and white dogtooth one. The latter is the one I’d say is more a statement blazer as it’s patterned and something that instead of pulling the outfit together can became the centre piece garment of the whole outfit.
I bought that black and white blazer around 3/4 years ago, it was in the sale at Dorothy Perkins. I instantly fell in love with it, it was completely my taste and I knew it was something I would love to wear. I’ve always been a massive fan of colour and pattern and it has never been something that I have shied away from in my own personal style however for some reason I just felt quite uncomfortable on the one occasion that I did wear that blazer. I blame it on the fact that I was a lot bigger in terms of weight back then when I wore it, I’m not overly sure if that is the reason but such a statement piece drew a lot more attention to me than even my usual outfit choices did and that made me feel uncomfortable. I could be wrong but that is what I still believe to this day. Anyway, last year I saw an article in Company magazine about statement blazers and how to wear them and it got me thinking about how I could wear that blazer now without it taking over and making me feel uncomfortable like it did before.
So a few days ago, on my 22nd birthday, I took the plunge and wore it for the first time in a long while. I paired it with a galaxy print shirt, shorts, tights and red leopard print boots. My mum commented that she definitely wouldn’t lose me as we went shopping around Leeds and I admit there is a lot going on in my outfit, maybe it could be a bit over the top for some but for me I felt really comfortable and confident wearing the blazer this time around. Although there was a lot of colour and pattern going on from the rest of the outfit they were all a lot duller in colour and because of that they were not clashing too much which I think can be the downfall of many outfits. I know as a teenager I would have clashed so much in this jacket with my colour and pattern choices and although those elements are still important to the way I dress even now, I think over time I have learnt how to tone it down when needs be and tailor colour and pattern choices so they compliment each other instead of fighting for people’s visual attention. You may disagree but I know for me this is a step in the right direction and if there is one thing I have learnt about fashion over my lifetime it’s that you are always learning and you will make mistakes, it’s fine though because everybody does.
Blazer from Dorothy Perkins. Shirt from Forever 21. Shorts and Triangle Ring from Topshop.
So that is the outfit I wore above, let me know what you think about it and how you would wear this blazer or any other statement blazers.