Components of my spring uniform, part 3: blazers

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What can I say about blazers that I haven’t said already? They are one of the more perfect articles of clothing in existence, as appropriate with jeans and a tee as they are with items far dressier. I like to wear mine with a button-down or graphic tee and sometimes layered over a thin cashmere hoodie. I’m not typically a huge fan of double-breasted versions—especially if the buttons are loud—but I do like this understated version a lot.

I would totally wear a corduroy blazer in a light color like this right now.

The charcoal hue of this Theory blazer is very nearly perfect.

This is Veronica Beard’s School boy jacket, and it’s not too cheap, but I like the shrunken proportions like the shorter sleeves.

I don’t know what this pattern is called—is it a check?—but I do think it’s a ton of fun. And I surprise myself by liking it, a little.

I am so fond of this funky madras plaid jacket so much that I had to include it even though it’s only left in a few sizes.

This notch collar number comes in several colors and rings in at under $100.

I’m pretty certain I’ve shown you this blazer before (my memory is a disaster) but I love everything about it: the cut, the collar, the pockets, the buttons. So much excellence rarely exists in the same item.

Another design detail I usually don’t go for is a lapel-less look, but this Madewell blazer is really polished.

A white blazer worn just like this, over all black, is one of the best looks going.


Here is a J. Crew stretch linen option that is so nicely understated.

Another shrunken silhouette, this one is an excellently fiery red.

This reminds me of a shrunken Nili Lotan blazer I wanted last fall, but it’s much, much cheaper.

Stripes are kind of a kick, and this one comes in pink too, if you’re feeling poppy.

You could turn a silk blazer black tie-worthy with a perfect pair of black trousers and white silk shirt (or a cami if you’re feeling daring).

 

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23 Thoughts on Components of my spring uniform, part 3: blazers
    Alexa
    15 Apr 2019
    8:12pm

    I have just received the Madewell one, which I bought for an upcoming trip to Kazakhstan (don’t ask..). I will be mainly in Almaty, have no clue what to bring, and figure I can’t go too wrong with a spiffy new blazer : )
    Has anyone else here spent time there?
    I do feel more confident now that my new jacket has been vetted : )

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      Lara
      16 Apr 2019
      9:15am

      I was in Kazakhstan four years ago in September (on holidays) – loved it. At the time, women in Almaty were quite dressy (no athleisure). But a great mix of styles. Regularly saw women walking together with some wearing traditional tunic/pants and others wearing blazer, jeans, heels. Beyond going with longer sleeves and no shorts, I’d say wear whatever makes you feel confident.

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        Alexa
        16 Apr 2019
        5:07pm

        Thank you. That’s reassuring. I’m so excited, but having pre-travel jitters just the same ; )

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    rachel in berkeley
    15 Apr 2019
    8:47pm

    The Price Per Wear of my 7+ year old grey jersey Max Mara Weekend blazer (almost like a sweatshirt material) is down to pennies. It’s looking dingy but I can’t part with it. It’s perfect. How will I ever replace it?

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      Mary
      15 Apr 2019
      9:22pm

      I purchased a similar sounding one from Rag and Bone, not too long ago – on sale! Really on sale.

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    Mary
    15 Apr 2019
    9:40pm

    Really love your choices, Kim, particularly the Veronica Beard.

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    Lindsay
    15 Apr 2019
    8:38am

    So many great options from Shopbop but alas, the 25% off sale just ended 😱😱 Would love your sale pics next time!

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      Kim France
      15 Apr 2019
      8:43am

      I know, I totally flaked the Shopbop sale this time around. Profuse apologies.

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    ARay
    15 Apr 2019
    4:45pm

    Purchased the Veronica Beard Schoolboy in the Shopbop sale! Been sitting in my wish list forevah and what the hey- if it’s not perfection on these gangly limbs (I live for a 3/4 sleeve and a 26/27” inseam), I won’t be keeping it. Heck, for that price it better transform me! (and I’m not above believing that could happen…)

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    Mae
    15 Apr 2019
    5:46pm

    The outfit in the Theory blazer photo is precisely how I dressed when I was in the corporate world — a subtle suit with a black top. And killer shoes or boots. I really, really miss that part of working in an office.

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    Eloise
    15 Apr 2019
    11:55am

    And I drooled over the Rag and Bone blazer the first time you posted it, too. Sigh.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      16 Apr 2019
      12:00am

      Oh yeah! Totally.

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        melsybelsy
        16 Apr 2019
        6:55am

        Yup – I may just do it come fall that’s when I splurge – it would look darling with jeans and just about any shirt.

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    Kathi
    15 Apr 2019
    12:21pm

    That crazy check one really got my attention this morning. What fun and I know no one else in Iowa would have one. I used to have a red blazer that I wore all the time, no idea what I did with it. And I am digging the Elvis tee under the silk blazer.

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    jj
    15 Apr 2019
    3:38pm

    I went right to the Madewell one thinking it’s perfect for me, only to discover that I already own it!

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      Kim France
      15 Apr 2019
      4:21pm

      That is hilarious.

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    Hannah Holden
    15 Apr 2019
    10:21am

    For people who have the means to spend over 400 USD for a blazer off the rack, definitely considering getting one from a tailor. For the same price range (the fabric choice will determine the final price) a tailor-made blazer will fit you infinitely better than anything from the store regardless of designer.

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    Rebecca
    15 Apr 2019
    9:07am

    Absolutely love a blazer: I looked at my closet and realised that I own close to 10 black blazers of various shapes and cuts. Now I need to push myself to get some non-black ones….

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    c.w.
    15 Apr 2019
    9:21am

    These are all wonderful options. I currently have six blazers in my closet and I have worn one fairly consistently, but the others are a waste. I’ve been ruthless cleaning out my closet over the last few days because I’m moving from one condo to another and don’t want to lug unwanted clothing items to my new closet. What I’m realizing is that for whatever reason blazers don’t work on my body. The one I have in my closet that does sort of work, works because the length is short (not cropped, but not hip length either) and a lean cut. (sigh)

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    Madika
    15 Apr 2019
    9:46pm

    I think that pattern is called houndstooth.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    16 Apr 2019
    12:06am

    I love the Rag and Bone blazer! (did I say that the last time you posted it?) But I could be very happy in the black one from Nordstrom. And then I’d probably “pull a jj” and promptly forget that I own it. 😉

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    Beverly
    19 Apr 2019
    12:09am

    I have a black crinkled rag and bone- it is the best. Understated with perfect detailing

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