I definitely wear blazers more frequently in the Fall and Winter, so I usually get a couple new options every Fall. I try to look for options that are either neutral and very versatile or statement pieces that turn a plain dress into an outfit. So I basically look for all kinds. It terms of structure, I think one button, zip front, or open styles look best on me, but the styles this season are bringing some new options to the table. The first hyperlink is usually the blazer in the picture and the other hyperlinks in each paragraph are more options.
Double Breasted Blazers
Talk about a throw back. Whenever I see a man in a double breasted suit, I assume it’s at least 20 years old. I did recently see Isaac Mizrahi saying that the double breasted jacket was actually quite slimming for women though. Whether or not that’s true, I think it’s an interesting variation on the classic silhouette this season.
This look is basically a shrunken coat. I think it’s best for slimmer figure with a long torso. While defining a waist is usually flattering, for my body type, I think it would just add too much extra stuff and attention where I don’t want it. At the end of the day I think it’s really body type dependent.
Popped or Notched Collar Blazers
I think this is a really sleek, cool option. It’s professional for the office, but still very modern. I think this a great option to get in a neutral color or no-pattern pattern (if you will). It will be a workhorse for years, and it’s great to pair with jeans if you need to look polished and preppy on the weekend.
At first I wasn’t considering this a real trend this season, because I think this look is relatively consistent, but I’m seeing it everywhere right now. It’s happening in two distinct ways: tweed and single breasted button up. It will look great with a collared shirt, a crew neck, or a turtleneck, but I’ve found it can conflict a little with deeper scoop or v-neck neckline.
Drape Front Blazers
This look is somewhere between the drapey cardigan and the moto jacket. I love that it adds some texture and interest to a basic outfit, and the open drapey fit is very forgiving if you fluctuate a bit. This is basically a shrunken version of the drapey coat trend that is so hot this year. Since the structure is unique, if you get a neutral colored tweed, it will be a statement piece without being a crazy statement.
Velvet– so hot right now! If you get the right color, this would be great for work and classy weekend affairs like if you need to be festive/dressy for a dinner on the town or a classy holiday get together. Velvet is a seasonal fabric, but it is super seasonal right now. You need a velvet dress, velvet slacks, and of course, a velvet blazer– stat!
More Fall options coming soon!