Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A navy blazer is a key part of my closet, and I highly recommend it as the backbone of any classic capsule wardrobe. Mine is a mid-weight linen blend, which makes it a wonderfully trans-seasonal piece of clothing - I can wear it through spring, summer and autumn without it looking out of place. Another great option is a tropical or seasonless wool version - you will find it even more versatile (you can probably wear it for all four seasons), plus it wrinkles a lot less!! Following are five ways with a navy blazer that will hopefully help you see this classic in a new light.
How could I not go past a nautical look as my first choice for a navy blazer outfit?? This outfit is perfect for any Chic Mummy - the knit fit-and-flare dress is comfortable but stylish (and machine washable) - while the accessories add a touch of polish. From the school run to a parent teacher meeting, running errands to Sunday church, this outfit can do it all, and do it all in style!
You may be looking at this and going "white? really?" but I love white denim and white cotton tanks. Once you are past the baby/toddler stage, white is fantastic - it looks crisp and fresh, and if you do get anything on it, a quick soak in Napisan brings it right back to new! A flowy tank is great for a mummy tummy, and the simple accessories add a touch of casual luxe. I am totally considering getting this bag - the coloured stripes make it so versatile, and you can see how a bag like this can bring a whole outfit together.
I often favour a preppy look, and a navy blazer is the perfect starting point - just add khakis and stripes and you are pretty much there! An outfit like this would be perfect for cheering on your kids from the sidelines, shopping at the farmers' market, and helping out at parent roster. While it is a more casual look than the previous two, with careful accessories it is still chic and polished and is a perfect everyday uniform for the stylish mum on the go.
Isn't this the perfect spring/summer outfit? Dressy enough for a fancy lunch with the girls, but not too dressy that you look like you are trying too hard, this outfit can take you so many places. I love boyfriend jeans with heels, but sub in tan coloured flat sandals, and this outfit looks just as good, and even more laid-back-luxe. Don't forget the arm party - it's just the right finishing touch.
Just so you know that a navy blazer isn't only for day time! Navy is a wonderful (and often surprising) alternative to black for evening, and the structure of the blazer sets off perfectly the softness of the silk shirt and the sleekness of skinny jeans. Paired with some funky gold jewellery, an evening clutch and some fab leopard print heels, you have a sexy but comfortable date night outfit.