I hate when people say that blazers are a year-round fashion item. In the dead of winter I prefer a warm, cozy sweater. And in the summertime heat I start sweating at just the idea of a lined jacket draped over me. But come fall, specifically this time of year that we find ourselves in right now, the blazer rules. It’s cool enough to wear as a jacket outside and to keep on at the office to pull an outfit together. Yet it’s still warm enough that we don’t need to double layer with any other coats.
Now, I am a firm believer that everyone should own a black blazer, as it’s a wardrobe staple. Nothing instantly upgrades an outfit like a simple black blazer, and nothing can be added to any other piece of clothing as effortlessly as a black blazer either. But as much as I encourage everyone to run out and pick one up, I also think we should all be having a little fun with the blazer. Why not try one in blue? Or one that’s covered in sequins? Or maybe it’s polka-dotted or covered in patterns or has leather sleeves.
Whatever your style, in fall 2012, there’s a blazer for you. So whether you need something to top off your work wardrobe, or need something to throw over your shoulders on a lazy Sunday morning, or are looking for that perfect stand-out item for a Saturday night out on the town, never overlook the blazer. Need some tailored inspiration to get you started on the right track? Click through below for a few options and then let me know, what’s your favorite blazer of the season?
After graduating from college in ’09, Allyson Barkan flew off to Greece to teach English Literature at a private high school and explore Greek and European culture for a year. Since returning stateside, she now works in Entertainment Public Relations in New York City. For travel advice, stray observations as a 20-something in the big city, and the occasional hilarious misadventure, follow Allyson atwww.allysonbarkan.com and on twitter at @aebarkan.