Autumn blazers. They’re a staple in my wardrobe. Perfect for layering with the power to transform any outfit. A good blazer isn’t just for the office but is a wardrobe essential for the colder months of the year.
It would be true to say that jumpers play centre stage in my autumnal wardrobe. And if that is true, then it is just as true to say that a blazer is the icing on my cake.
In fact, they are such a loved item, that they’re my most purchased and most lusted after. There are five blazers in my wardrobe. That outnumbers even t-shirts. From the longline-checkered jacket, to the second-hand men’s tweed, and the cropped military jacket – they’re all loved, cherished and worn to death!
My favourite blazer, if pushed, is the most opulent of the bunch. A luxurious velvet item in deepest burgundy. It is oversized and longline, skimming my bum cheeks and squaring off my shoulders. As a big woman, it took me a very long time to fall in love with the oversized look. We’re conditioned, as women, to make ourselves smaller – more delicate, more conventionally feminine.
I can’t tell you how I went about over coming that conditioning. It was simply a light bulb moment when feeling the cold and needing to steal my husband’s jacket. I felt a million dollars in the oversized tweed. I have not looked back since. But there are some simple rules that I follow when wearing an oversized blazer that helps me blend the oversized with my own kind of femininity.
How to wear an oversized blazer
Keep at least one of the layers underneath the blazer streamlined. A body con dress, skinny trousers, or a slim fitted polo neck work perfectly beneath oversized outerwear.
Define your waist. High-waisted trousers or skirts with a tucked in top or a skinny belt in a contrasting colour creates a break in your outfit and helps retain a feminine silhouette. Of course, this is only if you want to blend the mix of traditional masculine and feminine shapes like I do!
Let the blazer do the talking. I stick to a fairly monotone colour palette beneath an oversized blazer. This means that the outerwear if the main focal point of your outfit. After all, go bold or don’t bother at all.
My Oversized Edit
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With five blazers in my wardrobe, I have no need of another this autumn/winter. That doesn’t stop me looking though. These are my favourites.
Will you be going oversized this autumn?