I must confess I am a bit obsessed with jackets and they appear in abundance in my wardrobe in neutrals, prints and brights. They are the ultimate multi-tasker and can transform an outfit from casual to smart casual or professional with ease.
If you were to have only one jacket in your wardrobe, then a black blazer that you could literally throw on any look to add polish is the obvious choice.
Paired with some smart heels and a statement necklace it will dress up a pair of jeans and white T for a casual dinner out with the girls or a create a chic weekend/casual friday outfit if you swap out the heels for a pair of ballet flats or white sneakers. Having a black blazer in your wardrobe will allow you to wear your summer dresses through the tran-seasonal months and to the office. You can also pair a black blazer with separates such as a pencil skirt or pants to create a professional office look that is not too "corporate".
Avoid cheaper options for this wardrobe staple, a cheaper fabric in a black blazer can be hard to pull off as a high quality item. The fit is really important and the garment should sit correctly on the shoulders and not pull at the bust.
If you are looking for a blazer that will stand the test of time then go for a simple classic design. If you already have a black blazer in your wardrobe and want an updated version that is on-trend but still timeless then go for a military style. Military jackets have been the 'it jacket' through Winter and the Spring/Summer versions are now starting to appear in stores.
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Lets go Shopping!
There are lots of different options out there - no matter your shape or size. Here are a few of my favourites.
Forever New has some great affordable blazers in store. I love this style with no lapels as it is simple and classic, doesn't look too corporate and will go with anything in your wardrobe. Wear this over any pencil dress or layer up over a blouse and skirt as part of your workwear wardrobe. If you get in before 11:59 on Tuesday 22 August, Forever New have 20% off storewide.
Forever New Billy Petite Structured Jacket $99.99
Camilla and Marc is an independent family owned and run, Australian luxury fashion brand. Their pieces are high end, timeless and modern. The dimmer blazer is a military style blazer, that was modelled on the super luxe Balmain blazers. It has been a top seller for the brand, selling out each release and is favoured by celebrities such as Olivia Palermo and Brooke Testoni . If you were going to splurge on an investment blazer, this would be the one to get.
Camilla and Marc Dimmer Blazer $699.00
Witchery is another one of my favourite go-tos for smart casual and 'not too corporate' workwear. The classic blazer has a tailored fit and soft gold buttons. With its nipped in waist this blazer is very flattering and easy to wear.
Witchery Classic Blazer $249.95
Bohemian Traders stock classic styles for the "modern bohemian", seeking to blend classic European styles and cuts with a bohemian twist. This Australian brand is popular with instagram bloggers and is expert at 'decoding' runway trends for the everyday woman. Their version of the black blazer is a tailored military style with gold buttons. This sold out last season and has recently been restocked.
Bohemian Traders Black Blazer $189.00
Trenery is an Australian brand that offers modern classic styling. If you sign up to their mailing list you will receive very informative emails that show you how to put together different looks with ease. This blazer is constructed from a compact basketweave cotton sourced from Europe, perfect for wearing through the warmer months.
Trenery Textured Cotton Blazer $299.00
Portmans offer an affordable workwear range that you can mix and match to create a multitude of looks. The Lucy collarless jacket has pockets and a tailored finish. This versatile jacket will work equally well in the office with a pencil skirt and shirt as it will over a sequinned dress for a night out on the town. This jacket is 30% off until Tuesday 22 August.
Portmans Lucy Collarless Jacket $129.95