Monday, October 22, 2012
The transition from summer into fall into winter is always a difficult one for me.
I’m a sun fiend and a claustrophobe; winter and heavy coats aren’t my thing. Every year, I make myself miserable for about two months by dressing in a completely weather-inappropriate way before I finally give in and accept that it’s winter.
This year, though, I’m determined to take some preventative measures to guard against any thermal misery. In fact, I’ve already bundled up with a scarf and mittens a time or two this fall, but I’m staving off the heavy coat for as long as possible.
If you’re like me, try making the transition from tank top to trench coat a bit less drastic by incorporating a blazer, one of this season’s top trends, into your fall outfit.
The best part about blazers? You can throw them on over almost anything to dress up an outfit, though the ones I mention below look best paired with straight-leg jeans or slacks. For shoes, choose at will: heels, wedges, flats or boots all look great.
blazer with modern details
If you are more of a traditional dresser and want to maintain a classic look, try a fitted black or tan blazer with some understated details like funky stitching or oversized buttons. These details and slight modifications like rolling the sleeve cuffs will maintain your traditional style without making you look like a politician.
In the case that you actually are a politician, you might want stick to the traditional black blazer, without large buttons.
Patterned blazers are by far my favorite (big surprise, I know). Most of the patterns you’ll find on blazers this season are vintage floral patterns and stripes. I’m a big fan of stripes, and we’ll be seeing even more of them as we move toward spring 2013.
Floral patterns had a large debut in spring/summer 2012, and they’re continuing throughout fall, especially on blazers and on slim-leg jeans.
Patterned blazers work well with simple, neutral-toned shirts worn underneath.
Brightly colored blazer
I have the feeling that brightly colored blazers may be here for only the next season or two, so if you’re going to introduce one into your outerwear rotation, now is the time to do it.
Try a colored blazer that takes its hue from the warm end of the spectrum (yellows, oranges, reds) to mesh with the changing leaves this fall, or a bright- or pastel-colored blazer that will carry you through the gray tones of winter.
These blazers, like the patterned ones, typically pair well with simple neutral-toned shirt underneath. For some added glam, add a chunky metal necklace.
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