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Fashion Day: Essential Basics – Belts and Blazers

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:

My outfit for the MBBE

My outfit for the MBBE Event last Spring

Printed skirt, fitted blazer & bold turquoise ring

Zara Denim Blazer worn with Printed Skirt, Black short sleeved top and grey singlet

Zara Jacket with jeans & navy top

Zara (TRF) jacket with jeans & navy top

Red knit dress from Ojay

One red knit dress, two different looks - on the right, worn with Zara blazer

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.

Belts worn to help break the monotony of an outfit

Belts worn to help break the monotony of an outfit

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!

Belt worn over a blazer to give definition

Belt worn over a blazer to give definition

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.

Patterned belt worn over long cardigan to add texture & colour

Patterned belt worn over long cardigan to add texture & colour

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.

Detailing of a belt buckle with the metal finishing can spruce up an outfit

Detailing of a belt buckle with the metal finishing can spruce up an outfit

Top: Elastic belt with double buckle, Bottom: Slim belt with plain metal buckle

Top: Elastic belt with double buckle, Bottom: Slim belt with plain metal buckle

Have you found any other tips that might help when it comes to blazers and belts? Feel free to share them too.

 

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    Jodie - Muddled UP Mumma

    I have never really been able to get the belt thing down pat… I keep buying them but they never seem to look right on me… you have inspired me to keep trying!
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      Norlin

      I only started last year and now I don’t know why I didn’t use them earlier! Yes, it is a tricky thing to use and to make sure it looks “right”. Keep trying, and I hope I’ve given you a few ideas.

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    Naomi

    You have just combined two of my loves, belts and blazers!

    I like to put a belt over a short cardigan and pull it in on my waist, kind of like you have with the blazer – it’s a great way to pull together an outfit.
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      Norlin

      Great tip there Naomi! I’m going to try that one next time. I think I’ve got a short cardi.

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    Carli @ Tiny Savages

    Love belts and blazers, especially with jeans. I love tying the belt in a knot instead of using the button holes and using it with a long line cardigan….that was my maternity staple :)
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      Norlin

      Another great tip! Tying the belt in a knot! I would not have thought of that…only around trench coats. Thanks for sharing Carli! :)

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    Trish

    I never find such lovely belts – you always look very stylish Norlin = I need some styling :)
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      Norlin

      Thanks Trish. I thank online shopping for that. I can never find a nice one in stores that aren’t over-priced. Just give me a shout if you need any help and I’ll do my very best. ;)

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    Alyce {Blossom Heart}

    Ooh, I like your belts!!
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