The Plaid Blazer
I've been loving this past season and what's in store for spring because plaid is back and it's better than ever! The plaid blazer is now a staple is my closet. It goes with almost anything and this particular one is long enough that I can wear it without a top underneath. It's no longer a jacket or part of an ensemble, it is the ensemble. It's the main event. I accessorize around the blazer instead of it being an accessory to a top or dress. I bought this blazer at Loft on clearance, but there are plenty of places where you can purchase a blazer similar to mine. (link on my Shop page) I like the fit of mine because it's not super fitted. It's looser and longer, which makes it perfect to wear as a top. I have paired this blazer with jumpsuits, dresses, skirts and top ensembles plus the outfit featured on this post. I chose to showcase my outfit with just the blazer because it's a popular trend right now and has been in the past. A lot of blazers tend to be more fitted and very open at the top, which makes it impossible to wear just as a top. The thing you have to look for is, does it cover what it needs to cover when you're both standing and sitting? If the answer is yes, then you have a blazer you can wear as a top and/or with other things. If the answer is no, then it's a blazer to put over something else.
MIX YOUR PRINTS ALERT!!
Mixing prints is extremely hard for me because I tend to overthink it. Plaid is a great print to start with if you're new to the "mixing" game. I like to find prints with a more circular or smooth motion and mix them with more rigid prints, like plaid (lots of right angles). There tends to be a balance (for us symmetry girls) of the two tones of print. **If you find another accessory that blends well and is a statement piece, that usually helps tie the whole outfit together. I chose a pair of statement earrings ( I know, shocker!) to help balance the print of my blazer and my scarf. You can shop the scarf on my Shop page!!
I chose to pair the blazer with my ripped jeans because I love the mix of soft and hard. A blazer can be considered more of a professional clothing item whereas ripped jeans (depending on your place of work) not so much! I think this outfit is perfect for a night out or work because it incorporates soft looks like the boots and blazer, and hard looks like the mix of prints and the ripped jeans. It's a statement outfit! The best part is, all of these pieces can be worn separately with other things and they make less of a statement. It all depends on where you're going and what you're doing. I like to think of this as my power outfit--I feel confident, sexy, and well a little bit of risk taker (I'm working on the whole mixed prints thing). Power outfits are important to have in your closet because the way you dress really does affect your mood, confidence, and overall state of mind!
Review Time: These pieces combined = power outfit/trendy outfit, individually = clothes that are versatile and will go with almost anything-not just trendy pieces! I love when I have items in my closet that are versatile and can be both trendy and practical! When I go through a purge of my closet in the future, these items will stay because separately they are timeless!
*If you're inspired to buy a blazer now, go to my Shop page for links to get a similar look! I've provided three different links plus the link to my neck scarf!
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