The power of “the blaze”

Hi, my name is Jaclyn Pinkham and I have a confession. I am OBSESSED with blazers.

My obsession started years ago on my 26th birthday when I bought a black blazer to
wear with my birthday outfit. The purchase was primarily out of necessity. My birthday is in November so it is COLD. I knew I would be walking around outside, in and out of different places and did not want to wear a winter coat. I wanted something that would be cute but also keep me warm so I bought a blazer. Little did I know that that wouldn’t be the end of it. I paired my new “find” with a cute little top, a pair of black skinny jeans, some ballet flats, and bam, I had my favorite birthday outfit.

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Since then my obsession has continued to grow. Today I have around 12 blazers of all different colors and patterns.

So you ask yourself:

Why are blazers so wonderful?: For starters they are very versatile. Meaning that you can wear them with different outfits for different occasions. I introduced my friend Melissa to the power of blazers and her direct quote is this, “blazers have transformed my wardrobe“. You can wear them to work, out on the town, or for a fun day with your friends.

For example the black blazer I bought for my birthday I later wore to work paired with black slacks and another more professional top.

Here are great pictures for a ‘professional look’.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA     red blazer   black blazer

Now obviously these blazers are different colors and have different sleeves than my black blazer; but they serve as great examples of what I’m referring to as a more ‘professional look’.

**Helpful tip- if you are going for the most versatile blazer, one you can wear on many different occasions and with many different looks, buy one that hits you mid-hip and has long sleeves. You can ALWAYS roll or push the sleeves up if you choose too. This is helpful to me because, well, I’m on a budget so I have to get the most bang for my buck.

Here are great examples of ways to use blazers for a “night out on the town” look:

nightlook1 nightlook3 night look 3

And examples of a “casual/day” look:

daylook2 daylook3 daylook4

Where should I start?: My recommendation is to start with neutral and solid colors. Black, brown, white, grey, or navy blue. Once you find those start venturing out with red, pink, green, mint, yellow…seriously the options are endless. Then when you get more adventurous begin buying patterns or ones with different textures i.e. linen/leather/suede.

What style should I be looking for?: To get the most bang for your buck get a blazer that hits you mid-hip and has full length sleeves. I always go for a single button (so NO double vested) more structured look. Basically one that has a shape. If your blazer has structure and shape it gives your body structure and shape. 🙂 Notice in all the pictures above the blazers curve in a little around the waist and the shoulders are a little pointy. Not 80’s shoulder pad pointy but a nice straight line at the top of the shoulder.

**side note: they do make peplum and puffy shoulder pad blazers…stay clear of those for starters.

Where should I begin looking?  ALL of my blazers have been purchased for a very great price. The black blazer I bought was found at Sears. Yes, that’s correct. Sears. I also have found others at Target, J.C. Pennies, T.J. Maxx, and thrift stores! Buying them for a good deal helps you ease into the blazer world, figure out what you like the most, and move on from there.

Alright, that’s it! I hope you enjoy my obsession as much as I do! Share your tips in the comments!

❤ Jaclyn

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