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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Blazer & Go


There are a few pieces in my closet that I don't mind spending extra money on. I call these my investment pieces; you can try to use that if you happen to spend a little more on something you like and need to justify your purchase!  In all seriousness, a winter jacket and boots (living in Canada and wearing them for 6 months out of the year) are definitely items I don't mind spending money on and my third investment piece is a blazer. Since I'm not much of a winter person, I will skip talking about the first two and focus on what to look for when purchasing a blazer and why I believe it's okay to spend a little more on a blazer as a closet staple.


I just love how a blazer can elevate any look and you can take it from day to night, workday or play, formal to not.  I don't know about you, but adding a blazer to my outfits makes me feel more confident. Investing in a well fitted blazer and you'll wear it for decades! I still have my original black blazer from Jacob...and the store isn't even around anymore! Following these easy steps when looking to purchase a blazer along with my go to shops and all you have to do is put on your blazer over your outfit and go!


Fit: This is definitely the most important factor. Make sure the suit is well fitted to your body and if its not, I recommend tailoring it to fit to you. Especially if it's a favorite of yours and one you want to keep for a while. Many of my blazers also have shoulder pads to give it a more structured fit. It is subtle but give off the look of great posture and balanced my body. Make sure if your blazer does have shoulder pads that it is proportioned to your body. See how you look and feel in it and don't be afraid to ask for an honest opinion from the associate or a friend, that's what they are there for.

Color: Having the basics such as black, camel, white, houndstooth that can go with what you already have in your closet. Remember, a blazer is like a statement piece or an add on piece, it needs to go with what you already have. If you can think of many outfits you can put together with one blazer it is one to buy. Do not buy the blazer and then have nothing to go with it.

Quality: If you are going to spend a little more, make sure the fabric is sustainable and of good quality. Look at the tag, what are the fibers and textiles used.

Lastly, if you want to add more blazers in your closet that are more fun and add a pop of color you know is trending, don't splurge if you know you won't be wearing it for the long haul. There are so many blazers for less than $100 if you want to have a little fun in your wardrobe.

If you want to know where I purchase my blazers, check out the retailers below. Three of which are Canadian brands.
I hope you find a piece that you have in your closet and continue to wear for years to come!

Aritzia
https://www.aritzia.com/

Zara
https://www.zara.com/

RW & CO
https://www.rw-co.com/en/women

Smythe
https://shopsmythe.ca/collections/blazers-1


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