With fashion you can be fun and frivolous and have on-trend pieces and then there are the essential basics that you just have to include as part of your wardrobe staple. I’ve got a few and on today’s post I’ll be focussing on the good old blazer and the “often forgotten”, belt.
I think I’ve got this obsession with blazers -I’ve got about 6 blazers, all in different colours, and styles, but the main thing is they are all single breasted and nipped at the waist. Why blazers? Well, I think a blazer not only gives you that more structured and complete look, but it is so versatile you can wear it with almost anything. By adding a blazer, you can change the look of your outfit instantly. Something that looks casual like a t-shirt and a pair of jeans can be spruced up when worn with a blazer. Add a few accessories and you have one complete outfit – great especially for that casual Friday. Or that simple maxi dress that just seems a little too casual for the office – add a blazer.
Here are some of my outfits that feature the different blazers I have:
So you can see how something casual can actually be given a more structured and cleaner look when you add a blazer. As with any clothing item, there is quite a variation when it comes to prices. I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed to pick mine up mostly from Zara or their TRF collection. I love the simple cut and so far the quality has been pretty reasonable. The price varies from &79.90 onwards and the most expensive one I’ve ever gotten from Zara was of $89.90 – again, for me that’s pretty reasonable considering the number of wears I get out of them. Another thing to remember is to try and go for the classic styles and colours, that way you will get more use out of them. I know I went for the orange TRF blazer, and the floral blazer from Princess Highway as on-trend items, but I can still see myself wearing them often enough, provided I wear them “right”.
Now on to belts. I have to confess, with belts, I’ve only ever worn them with my jeans – to hold them up. Other than that I’ve always steered clear of them because I haven’t been confident enough to style them in different ways. Thanks to the reading I’ve done and the different styling I’ve seen everywhere – yes even in real life; I’ve begun to embrace the good old trusty belt. I think it helps to complete an outfit as well as break up the monotony of an outfit. A belt also helps to give structure to your ensemble. And in some cases, helps to hide some unwanted bits.
A thing I learned recently that involves belts and blazers is that you don’t necessarily need to have a blazer that can button up properly. What I mean by that is that sometimes, the blazer fits perfectly – lengthwise, shape wise and even the fit, except for when you button it up. Sometimes you find that you can’t button that jacket up? Well, complete the look with a belt!
Then you come to the type of belts that are out there. From slim belts – great for tailored pants, especially when it comes with a sleek buckle to thicker belts, which can go really well over a cardigan, a shirt that isn’t tucked in, or even a top to give that illusion of a waist.
Elastic belts are great when you want to emphasise your waist and so far, this has been my very best friend. I’ve gotten a few via ASOS and Dorothy Perkins, all of which might look expensive but really were pretty cheap – under $20. Don’t just stick to black, or brown belts. Try other colours, like grey, red, or navy and why not go for a belt with some gorgeous patterns and textures as well, that could give a plain outfit some life.
Have you found any other tips that might help when it comes to blazers and belts? Feel free to share them too.