In the fashion world things move on quickly from season to season. Personally, I believe a well-tailored blazer never goes out of style, no matter what season it is.
In this article, I’d like to share some that I own and they are always my go-to pieces, from day to evening. Before I start, I’d like to make clear that I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned here. These are just my personal favorites.
I’ve had this navy blazer by Stella McCartney for about three years. As you can probably guess, this is not from her latest collection. But she makes a version of this almost every season as the style is classic and almost never goes out of fashion. What I love about this is all the buttons (4 on each sleeve) can be undone and you can roll them up for a “cool girl” look. Mine is bought from Net-a-Porter, go for the “Ingrid grain de poudre,” similar to the one shown.
Another brand I love is Saint Laurent. Blazers aside, everything by the new designers of this brand since 2012 (before Anthony Vaccarello, it was Hedi Slimane) has been so fabulous that I wish I had a closet full. Alas, it would require a huge bank account to do so. Let’s just start by owning one or two really good blazers.
I own a mid-weight woolen one that has a black base with stitches of white throughout the textile. The best feature is the strong-shoulders on all the Saint Laurent blazers. Instantly, they sharpen an outfit, even if what you are wearing underneath is your gym clothes. Why now? Odd combinations can be very cool, if you know what you are doing.
Mine is from Farfetch, the velvet one is like a contemporary version of Yves Saint Laurent’s “le smoking.” What’s not to love?
Helmut Lang has been a really cool brand for as far back as I can remember. As an undergrad art student, the very first HL I bought was a black shirt from Amsterdam. The v-neck button-down “t-shirt” was all I could afford at the time, then years later I bought a “t-shirt” in twisted knots. Anyway, the point is nothing is ever just a “t-shirt” or just a “jacket,” there is always something extra unique.
What I love about the blazers is the use of leather combined with other mid-weight textile. The black blazer I own has a suede-leather collar, then from the shoulder it continues down the middle back. Goes without saying, the exact one is no longer sold, but the new ones are just as cool, if not more. Such as this one (as shown) with leather sleeves.
Last but not least, Sir Paul Smith… one of my favorite British designers, for his quintessential Englishness. Not entirely surprising, the first suit he ever made for women was a version of Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le smoking” for his wife Pauline Smith in the 70s. For his women’s lines, he incorporates all the detailed tailoring from his men’s collections. The one I have is actually made of black brocade with a peony-like floral pattern, and shows up brilliantly in evening lighting. Mine was bought from Paul Smith website, and there is a sale right now.
The photo I’ve chosen here (see above) gives a good idea of his trademarks. He has more than one, but the most popular is the different colored linings. If you like to wear your blazer with collars flipped up like me, then you are in luck. For every season, the designer uses a different color. Mine is red, so imagine just how super-cool it looks on a black blazer.
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