Styling up this blazer from my Zara suit today to show how much of a versatile piece it’s going to be in my wardrobe. Last week I shared this post in case you missed it featuring the suit in all its glory, which is super comfy and amazing for workwear, and here I’m going for a more casual day-to-day look focusing on the jacket.
I’ve found myself increasingly reaching for a blazer throughout the seasons; for layering, over a dress for a cocktail night, to add a twist to the classic t-shirt and jeans. I think it’s safe to say the humble blazer has become a bit of a staple, so growing my collection is something I’m aiming to do so I can rely on them for different occassions – for the most part vintage styles will be the ones I opt for but in a change from my usual oversized habits I’m loving the fit of the Zara jacket.
It’s roomy enough to fit a slim jumper underneath (an essential for me at this time of year because I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold) but the tailored, slim structure feels great and strikes a dreamy balance between smart and casual when worn with cropped jeans. On the note of cropped jeans I seriously need to invest in a good pair of full-length ones if I want my ankles to survive the winter – currently on the hunt to find the ultimate vintage Levis and a cracking pair of cords so I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.
There’s no better basic outfit than good denim and a white tee and the pieces I’m wearing are possibly my favourite examples. These Whistles jeans have featured countlessly on here (and are still my best sale buy to date) and the H&M plain white tee is the best I’ve come across yet (it’s been through the wash loooads and is still super soft). Combined with the classic check of a grey blazer it’s such an easy look but one I love, especially worn with my favourite Old Skool Vans trainers for a subtle hint of colour, and a healthy dose of gold jewellery and leopard print to tie it all together.
Obviously this jacket can be worn with so much more than jeans and a tee – that’s the beauty of it! I’m sure it will be a saviour on nights out this party season and double up as a work outfit the next day to distract from how hungover I am…
While the dark nights and turn of the weather are starting to take their toll on everything from my skin to how down I feel when I finish work and it’s pitch black outside, it’s exciting me how festive everywhere is beginning to look including the arcades in Cardiff where these pics were taken.
I know some people think it’s still too ‘early’ to mention Christmas – but once Halloween and bonfire night are out of the way the rest of the year is all about the build up for me (aka the best part). It’s something bright and glittery and joyful to distract from the harshness of winter and encourage us to look forward to having fun, dressing up and spending time with our favourite people (which thinking about it is how I spend most of my year anyway, just with a lot more glitter thrown in).
Third and final episode in the Suit Trilogy is coming your way next week, featuring the Prince of Wales check trousers.
ph. Beth Langworthy