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Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Ask Shopbop: Investing in a Blazer

Clockwise, from top left: Merchandiser Monica in an Elizabeth and James blazer, LAVEER cropped blazer, A.L.C. blazer, Rag & Bone blazer.

I’d really like to invest in a blazer, but there are so many choices. How can I pick out the right one for me?

Blazers are a definitive building block for any fashion gal’s wardrobe. Just check out the cute pic we snapped of Monica working it in her Elizabeth and James blazer. There are three questions you need to ask yourself when selecting such a versatile investment piece.

Where Will You Wear It?
This informs appropriate cuts and fabric types. For example, if you’re putting together a menswear-inspired look for a cocktail party, I would steer away from casual cottons or boyish cuts. Instead opt for dressier wools in feminine shapes. On the flip side, although a snazzy evening jacket is a fun piece, I would lean toward more versatile fabrics and androgynous silhouettes for everyday wear.

What Will You Wear It With?
If you prefer a sleeveless shell or easy tank, then casual, machine washable styles are right for you. When blouses suit your style, or if you’re comfortable with frequent dry cleaning, then consider the wide range of fabrications available. Blazers are showing up in everything from silks to leather these days.

How Much Will You Wear It?
If this item has the potential to be a true staple, then go for a timeless, single breasted black or navy number from a trusted brand, like Theory, Smythe, Rag & Bone, or LAVEER. Both colors in light wool can be very appropriate year round. If you’re adding a novelty blazer to the rotation, then opt for a color or print that inspires. Experiment with details like strong shoulders, peplums, or notable lapels.


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