I’m excited to tell you all about my latest find: the short sleeved summer blazer. Whoever thought blazers were just for the cold months has been proved wrong and this year has seen our trusty favourite take on a whole new summer look. White, pastel, cinched, double-breasted, cropped…they’re all making waves in our summer wardrobes.
A classic navy blazer with gold buttons is an autumn/winter staple of mine and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I have a fab one of my Mums which has that great 80s shape and I love it with jeans. Outerwear in the heat can be so tricky so my latest find: the short sleeved summer blazer has been ticking all my boxes when it comes to looking chic and not freezing or having to cart a jacket around.
Blazers polish off an outfit like nothing else, adding a crisp note of professionalism to the most casual of looks. If you’re in a hurry and the heat calls for little more than a lightweight sundress, throwing a blazer over the top can really bring together your ensemble. The structured tailoring of a fitted blazer works wonders when contrasted with the free-flowing shapelessness of a relaxed summer dress and can be used to outline your figure in a very flattering way. Sleeveless blazers are just as hard-working. I created an hourglass shape out of this gorgeous white short sleeved blazer with gold-toned buttons from Uterqüe but cinching my waist with a wide leather belt and wearing it over a leather skirt. Cinching blazers at the waist is a great way to create contrast against the wide shoulder padding and make your waist look smaller! This blazer is my favourite because it’s so elegant and understated. The gold buttons and carefully crafted structuring of the shoulders make it irresistible and versatile, easily matched with culottes and dresses alike. When the sun is out, I love wearing white and gold, which always makes you look more tanned. I added a gold bangle and bracelet to accentuate the gold buttoning of the blazer, a subtle trick that makes brings together the caramel tones of the outfit.
Another way of wearing these blazers is to incorporate them into your day to day office uniform, adding a sprinkle of summery detail to make your workday look more feminine and seasonable. I’ve seen a lot of sleeveless summer jackets around and these look fab as an alternative to workwear.We might not be going into the office just yet, but for me, that’s made dressing the part all the more important. I often talk about the psychological impact our clothes have on us, and the blazer is a case in point. Adding a touch of femininity to this traditionally masculine item by pairing it with wedges, skirts and floral prints will leave you feeling positive and relaxed.
Shop my latest find: the short sleeved summer blazer below and let me know how you style yours!