Blazing a Trail – A Closer Look at a Wardrobe Essential

So the last two posts have been about the 10 Wardrobe Essentials and it got me thinking more about my blazers. You may recall how I’ve shown you a massive collection of jumpers/sweaters and pretty good collection of midi to maxi length skirts? Well, I am about to blaze the trail for my blazers!

My collection of 10 Blazers (one is hard to see in this pic)

I’m also starting to freak myself out with how many options I have! And you are probably starting to get the true picture of why I went on a 90 shopping hiatus!

Um, in all fairness…I can explain…really…it’s not as bad as it looks!

The 2 that started it all!

When I moved to Australia, I had sold or given away a lot of my possessions. As for clothing, I moved here with two large suitcases and those included shoes and vintage jewelry. After settling in here I started to find my new style. The style that I had played at in my early 20’s and then seemed to lose in my 30’s, I finally got back in my 40’s. Sure hope it sticks around this time!

Anyway, these two blazers were purchased from a local department store. I love the cream and brown print with its mandarin collar and lime green lining it has a very retro vibe going on. The bright green blazer with the embroidered flowers is beautiful to look at and with oriental prints making a comeback is still on trend. Unfortunately I have only ever worn it once in nearly 7 years. I think it is beautiful but I just feel it is too bright for me and wearing it with black seems too predictable and just not right.

Blazing a Trail – Custom

You already know the nude coloured blazer from the 10 Wardrobe Essentials post as well as from a number of other looks. Under it is the blazer from the other suit that I had made in Hong Kong, it is a dark charcoal grey with a very thin pin-stripe. Just to the right of those two blazers are two blazer/jackets I had made in Schenzen China about 5 years ago. They are slightly longer than the other blazers as they come to mid-thigh, which works okay for me because I am so tall. The one on the bottom is a plaid with a burnt orange stripe. I absolutely L-O-V-E the one on top! Everything from the colours to the way the colourful pieces of silk fabric look confetti. Both are too big to wear as fitted blazer but they look great over jumpers in the winter and with belts during the spring and autumn.

Blazing a Trail – Tuxedo Up!

I also love this white tuxedo jacket with its black trim. It’s very masculine in its appearance but the cut is so fitted to show off the feminine! And the price was right as I purchased it early this year at Glassons for about $50. Underneath is a grey and black tweed style jacket that I purchased from Target a couple of years ago. It’s got padded out shoulders which work really well with all things 70s and 80s. I particularly like to wear it with wide leg pants to go full 70s.

Blazing a Trail – Bargain Style

These last two blazers were both bargains. The pink one with the Marni style print was purchased from a vintage shop over the summer for $5! It is a great blazer with a nipped in waist and so warm that it can only be worn in the winter or on chilly nights. The blue blazer was purchased from H & M while in the US in February. I couldn’t pass it up at $50 and it reminded me a bit of Chanel, so I had to have it!

Well, there you have it. Not only a closer look at a wardrobe essential, but more opportunity to blaze a trail through my personal wardrobe!

I’ll see what looks I can pull together using these blazers for tomorrow.




About astimegoesbuy

Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

14 responses to “Blazing a Trail – A Closer Look at a Wardrobe Essential

  • shinyinlove

    I love blazers and have a bit of a collection my self. Any on my bucket list right at the top is A chanel blazer/jacket. It will have to be used but it is on my NEEEEEED list.

    • astimegoesbuy

      I feel you on that one!
      It would be amazing to own a Chanel blazer.
      I look at them longingly sometimes when I go into the boutique to lust after a handbag. 🙂

  • helpfulannalisa

    bought my first blazer. seems an ideal solution for the chilly office. let’s hope i rock it. smiles.

    • astimegoesbuy

      You will find yourself wearing it all the time!
      I’m sure you will rock it!
      If you ever run out of ideas on how to wear it just Google Street Style and you’ll find a million and one options.

  • Nurse Frugal

    I have yet to purchase a blazer, but I really really want to! They are so chic and as you show, there are TONS of different styles! btw, I LOVE h&M, so much cute stuff for such a great price!!!!!

    • astimegoesbuy

      Me too Lauren!
      Unfortunately we haven’t had one here is Australia so I could only shop there when back in the US.
      However, there will be one in Melbourne in September which is fantastic news for me!
      A neutral blazer is a good place to start if you want versatility but that doesn’t mean black, it could be nude, navy or even some of the current pastels that are so popular right now would be great.

  • Melissa

    Blazers are so versatile – you’re lucky to have such a big collection!!

    • astimegoesbuy

      You are so right Melissa!
      One of the things I learned during my shopping hiatus was that I am really lucky to have such a diverse and expansive wardrobe.
      Even though I can’t help wanting to find another one…maybe in a bright colour for Spring/Summer here in Australia. 🙂

  • gracefully50

    You got me! My weakness…blazers/jackets!!!
    You have a wonderful collection!

  • thedressingroommelbourne

    Ahhh we ❤ this essential staple!!

    • astimegoesbuy

      Which is probably why you guys do them so well! 🙂
      I’ll be in Melbourne this weekend and plan to stop around to check out what’s new and exciting at the GPO.

  • Life Style Over 40

    You really have many blazers and they all look great too! Still, I can now understand the reason for your 90 days shopping break. Take a rest girl!(-:

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