I want to love my blazers. They are classic pieces. I have three nice ones, including the jacket to my smart Tahari suit. I rarely wear them, though.
My reluctance could be a flashback to my corporate days, when jackets were part of the uniform. Or maybe it’s just that woven fabrics don’t allow for full, comfortable range of motion. And they always have to be dry-cleaned, no cheating there.
Now that my work and home dress codes are fairly relaxed, I enjoy blazer alternatives for Fall and Winter. Since coats are rarely needed in Florida, I can splurge a little on other options. ☺ Here’s what I’m looking at:
- Cardigans. I like mine long and lean. I have a black cashmere, a navy cotton blend, and an ivory wool/acrylic cardigan for cooler times.
|Nice and long and with pockets! Nordstroms, in 9 colors, $42.|
- Denim. I love a denim jacket, especially after it’s been washed a few times and broken in. I often add brooches to mine to make it more feminine. There are very few outfits in my wardrobe that would not be OK with a denim jacket.
|This Jag Jeans jacket is nifty, but I’ve thrifted most of mine.|
- Vests. For our mild winters, a sleeveless vest makes a nice topper too. I recently bought a very cool moto style vest in olive green. I wouldn’t mind another vest for the season, maybe a faux fur?:
|Probably not the most practical for Florida, but so cute. Via Bloomies, $168|
- Faux leather. I try not to buy too much new leather; I’m a vegetarian. But I break my own rules and wear leather shoes and a leather purse. For jackets, skirts, coats, I would choose faux.
|This one is one my Wish List at GAP, $50 but always on sale!|
Stay fabulous all day,