Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Key Pieces for 2013: the Blazer

1. Tweed Jacket; 2. Stripe Knit Blazer; 3. Contrast Trim Blazer; 4. Floral Blazer; 5. Structured Blazer

I turn thirty this year. It's hitting me hard. Seriously hard. As soon as 12:01 a.m. came around on New Year's Day I was penning my bucket list. Almost thirty and I feel like I'm finally an adult. Finally. And that is causing some life anxiety. Beyond the irrational writing of the "list of things to do before I die," I spent countless moments reflecting, projecting, and making lists (I am a compulsive list maker) to help me transform my last year of 20-something into my first year of 30-and-fabulous. 

The topics I focused on most? Career and style. Specifically, how my professional life interjects with my style and self. (Thoughts included: I’m told to dress for the job I want not the job I have; I’ve got an office dress code to regulate my daily work attire with; my work clothes, weekend clothes, date clothes, and party clothes need to be part of the same wardrobe as I don’t have the resources to segregate items to one particular need). After rethinking my style and career compulsively, I came up with a few key pieces that I resolute to invest in this year to help me on this journey of adulting while keeping my style authentically me (whatever that may be), current, and sophisticated.

Item No. 1: Blazers 

They are structured and define shape while adding sleek lines. Blazers can be incorporated into outfits for all seasons depending on their texture, weight, and tone. And, most importantly, they polish off an outfit perfectly (just like those feathers on top of lovely old hats). The above blazers could take one from the office to a casual pub date, to a family dinner, and then on to weekend shopping. The classic tweed jacket could easily fit into my lifestyle and I'd love pairing it with jeans, a vintage t-shirt, and flats for a weekend coffee date. The contrast trim blazer would be exceptional with a black pencil skirt for a power meeting at the office, and I envision playing off the contrast more with bright, chunky turquoise jewelry. I’m in love with the floral pattern blazer and could easily see myself incorporating it into my winter work wear as a pop of color when worn with darker hues, and also wearing it in the summer over a light and breezy maxi dress with gladiator sandals and lots of arm candy.

© Habit & Style, 2013

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