Ahh, the hunt for the perfect black blazer. Otherwise known as, the most painstaking amount of downtime you’ll spend scouring the ends of the interwebs for the most versatile piece in your closet.
It took me years and many a fashion faux pas to find a handful of perfect black blazers. Yes, a handful. Any city girl worth her weight in Shake Shack fries knows that one black blazer is never enough – they look good with everything, fit your shape perfectly, and go with any outfit. Oversized white v-neck tee, destroyed denim cutoffs, flat sandals, a top knot and the blazer pictured above? Money. Strapless flowy black summer dress with a side slit and that same blazer? Yip. Dark grey sheath dress with a black pointed toe ankle boot for work? Happening.
My point is that a perfectly tailored black blazer can take an otherwise mediocre outfit to another place entirely. In a professional environment, it can also add that extra edge of GIRLBOSS that’s sometimes needed. A great black blazer is that one piece I always feel like I can kill it in. I’m always on my A-game. I always take it to the next level. And most importantly, I always feel great about myself. Don’t think clothing has the power to do that? You’re not shopping at the right stores.
How did I find my two favorite black blazers? The first is the one pictured above. I spotted it at a DC thrift store and paid maybe $20 for it. Vintage Escada. Not bad. It came with a white lapel that was layered under the black lapel, held on by buttons. It also had white cuffs that were also held on by buttons. My two favorite colors? Sold. But there we were, three years later and I’d never worn the damn thing. Until I unbuttoned the white fabric and saw it as an entirely different piece. The second is my Helmut Lang score from the Gilt Warehouse sale last year. Anyone who works with me knows it far too well as it hangs on the wall of my cube… waiting to be worn at least twice a week. It’s that good. I think it was around $800 and I got it for $70? Maybe $100? Well worth stalking the Gilt racks. My point is that sometimes these kinds of lifelong pieces don’t just show up on the sale page of ASOS. Know what it is that you want, what you’re willing to invest in (ahem, staple pieces like black blazers), and don’t get frustrated if you can’t find those pieces by next Saturday.
DS tips for finding the perfect black blazer:
+ Don’t settle. Keep on keepin’ on til you find the one that makes you feel like a badass unicorn
+ Do get it tailored if you fall in love and its a little too long here or there
+ Don’t mix patterns – actually let’s stay away from patterns entirely
+ Do mix textures. My favorite black blazer is a perfect combination of multiple textures and leather
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