Wardrobe Staple: Blazer / Tuxedo Jacket

February 17, 2010

Daily Digest

Wardrobe Staple: Blazer / Tuxedo Jacket

Finding the perfect piece of outerwear for spring days often frustrates me (in Ireland, anyway as the weather is so unpredictable). While the trench comes in handy on rainy days, my favourite option for milder days is the blazer.  It’s a classic wardrobe staple up there with the denim jacket, little leather jacket and trench coat, that’s been worn for the past few years by us normal folk and trendsetters alike.

Indeed, a more dressed up version of the blazer is the Tuxedo jacket (seen here on Sienna in her own cropped Twenty8Twelve design from 2008).

The tuxedo jacket can be dressed up or down and gives any outfit a touch of Yves Saint Laurent. It looks smart with a T-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans, like Amy Huberman, pictured here at the IFTA’s launch when she wore her black Zara blazer with tuxedo detail with a Breton top from Urban Outfitters.

Kristen Steward wore hers over a LBD to last year’s premiere of Twilight, which proves that it also looks fabulous over short evening dresses.

As well as cropped versions, the tuxedo jacket is cut slightly longer in the sleeves and body and usually has a satin trim. The single breasted style is more flattering on girls; I think the double breasted versions are best left to rotund older men!

Tuxedo jackets and blazers are not just a big spring trend (currently at  Burberry and Diane von Furstenberg), but are ideal for autumn as well.

My pick from the designer collections is this one by the late Alexander McQueen (£395, €450.30 at Matches Fashion) – buy it now  as all McQueen’s designs are selling out fast if they haven’t done so already.

On the High Street, my favourites include Karen Millen (€175), and a borrowed from your boyfriend style from GAP (£49.50).

My final piece of advice is to always hold on to a well tailored black tuxedo jacket or blazer as it’s a piece of outerwear that will never go out of fashion.

Image credits: IFTA 2010, Fabsugar.

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