Outfits of the Month (6+): The Blazer — the Oh So French Must-Have Staple and the other Go-To Details
Wednesday June 8, 2022

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One way I try to learn French is to watch far too-many (but clearly not enough based on my much-need-of-improvement French) French television series on Mhz Choice (Cherif, Tandem and Le Sang de la Vigne are just a few). Over the years, there is one consist style detail the women in nearly each of these series who are reoccurring characters dress: If they are at work, in their everyday casual professional ensembles, it is a blazer they wear, in all sorts of styles, cuts and necklines. But no matter what, it is a blazer.

A blazer paired with jeans, pants, flat booties or ankle boots with a small heel. Add a simple slub tee underneath, and that is a trusted outfit that works. Every. Single. Time.

As someone who has always gravitated toward wearing a blazer (in my 2nd book, I included an entire entry to blazers and its timeless, trusted choice to have in your capsule wardrobe) once I discovered its versatility to take me to work and errands, and weekends and dressing up or down on the weekends, I was converted for life.

Today, even though we are stepping into summer, it is never a bad idea to shop for a quality blazer that works for your style and for each style season, so I have shopped multiple blazers available at varying price points and fabrics as well as cuts and necklines, pulled together six outfits with different heels and shoes as well as shopped the go-to brands I recommend for the classic slub tees (crew, scoop and v-necks are available in both of the primary brands I have shopped).

The key with shopping for a blazer is knowing what to pair it with in your closet because when you know, you won’t shy away from a brighter color from time to time. Also, be sure to choose a color that complements your skin tone no matter how it looks on the model. I have made that mistake before. Once you find the right color tone, a layering piece underneath (something as simple as a tee works wonderful and slub is great because it drapes nicely and feels great on the skin), and trousers or jeans that work for your shape and what you are going to be doing in that outfit, flats can be just as flattering as heels, and even, as I recently discovered a little kitten heels dresses it up perfectly without the discomfort if heels are not your preferred choice.

Okay, let’s get to the outfits. Oh! And I have included two books as well that have caught my eye recently. Enjoy shopping!

~Alice + Olivia Pailey single-breasted blazer (more colors)~

~James Perse Sheer Slub Classic V-Neck tee, old rose (many colors)~

~Ralph Lauren Sydney Denim pant, mid-rise~

~Rebecca Minkoff Edie Flap Shoulder bag, Caramello (more colors)~

~Loeffler Randall Margi Dune Bow heel (more colors)~

~You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories by Maggie Shipstead~

~Isabel Marant Zofia Cotton Top (black or white)~

~Zimmermann Neutral Knotted leather sandal~

~Polo Ralph Lauren Wide-Leg Chino pant (more colors)~

~Emporio Armani Linen-Effect blazer~

~Loeffler Randal Wes Dark Sand Cinched Crossbody bag, more colors~

~Derek Lam 10 Crosby linen-blend blazer~

~Frame Le Crop Mini Boot Trouser, black~

~Isabel Marant Panda leather pumps~

~Isabel Marant Zofia Cotton Top (black or white)~

~Rachel Zoe Sierra Sunglasses~

~Me+Em Fine Pinstripe Slim Boyfriend Blazer~

~Exotic English: The Complete Guide to Foreign Words and Phrases in English by S.E. Thompson Jr.~

~Porte & Paire Braided Suede Sandals~

~Ralph Lauren Stamford Pleated Linen-Blend Pant~

~Mansur Gavriel Raffia Chain Travel Wallet~

~Monrow oversized Crewneck tee, white~

~Frame Le Sylvie Slender Straight Heritage in Halston~

~Ann Taylor Suede Mid Block Heel~

~Matériel Sculpted Linen-Cotton collarless blazer~

~Mansur Gavriel Alain Mini Cloud Clutch, more colors~

~Monrow Fitted V-Neck Textured Gray tee (the one I have and love)~

~Ralph Lauren Sydney Denim pant, mid-rise~

~Rag & Bone Ankle boot, suede~

~Max Mara navy pinstriped cotton blazer~

~M.Gemi The Laura Convertible Backpack~

~Serra by Joie Rucker The Chill Relaxed V-Neck Tee, Ocean~

~Emporio Armani stretch-cotton blazer~

~Milly Avery single-breasted white blazer, linen-blend~

~Iris & Ink Adrienne belted linen-blend beige blazer~

~Khloe Crepe Cinq à Sept crepe ruched blazer (many different colors)~

~Max Mara Navy Crepe Blazer~

~Sandro Short-Sleeved tweed jacket~

~Iro wool belted blazer, black~

~Toteme oversized collarless linen-blend blazer~

~Boden Carrie Textured Cotton Blazer, navy~

~Loeffler Randall Ronnie Ankle Bootie~

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4 thoughts on “Outfits of the Month (6+): The Blazer — the Oh So French Must-Have Staple and the other Go-To Details

  1. Bonjour Shannon! Following up on your recent post about beginning a new era in one’s life, I did an intense, brutal closet clean out with the goal of making sure every item fit beautifully and made me feel (and look!) like a million bucks. I shared some of my nicer pieces that weren’t quite meeting the above goals with my daughter and it’s been fun helping her build a career wardrobe of clothing she might not otherwise be able to afford. For me, I’ve been investing in the pieces you’ve recommended, and have never felt better about my style. Thanks so much for being my stylist! :))

    1. Joy, This is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for sharing with us all how you shifted into a new era with great intention and the fantastic outcome and feelings that resulted! I am so happy for you! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. Hello Shannon-This isn’t about today’s post but I wanted to tell you I just finished ‘ The Violin Conspiracy “ book that you recommended. It was such a great book. Thank you so much for your recommendations as reading is a huge part of my life- Sharon

    1. Sharon, That is wonderful to hear!!! The plot looked riveting and the reviews from critics were quite strong. Happy to hear it stood up to what everyone has said to was. 🙂 Thank you for letting us know and for stopping by the blog today.

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