EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING A BLAZER

 

 

It’s no secret I love a blazer.  In my eyes, they’re the perfect finishing touch to any look.  A simple change of blazer and/or shoes can do totally reinvent any outfit.  With a great blazer and heels, we can change the world ladies!

Since I can’t get enough of them and as my collection seems to be getting larger and larger, I thought I’d share everything you need to know about buying a blazer and what to look out for in order to get the most out of it.

 

 

Sizing

My first and biggest tip is sizing.  With blazers, I either go one of two ways, I either size up or size down.

If you’re looking for a blazer which you can wear throughout the day with anything and everything that always looks chic, then this is when you size up.

 

 

I tend to size up purely for one reason and that’s so I can throw the blazer over my shoulders.  If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll know this is my favourite look (you can previous examples HERE, HERE & HERE).   In order for it to hang properly, it has to be on the larger side.  It doesn’t work with a jacket that is exactly your size, as it crumples up at the back and is difficult to keep balanced on your shoulders.

For those moments you want to actually wear it, if it does look too oversized on, then I recommend ruching the sleeves up.  It’s amazing how this can change the whole aesthetic of the jacket and automatically create a better fit.

 

 

Reasons to size down are jackets/blazers look so much more elegant when they’re fitted.  They give a really defined silhouette.  This is especially true if it’s really well tailored and perfectly cinches you in at the waist.  If you’re looking for a blazer to wear in the evening or on formal occasions I would definitely recommend a smaller size than you’d usually wear.

I’m going to be totally frank by letting you know if you do size down, don’t expect the blazer to be the height of comfort.  It will be tight and restrictive, especially around the arms and back.  However, it is SO worth it for the polished and perfectly structured look it creates.

 

 

Buttoned Up or Undone

One of the age-old debates when it comes to blazers is to button it up or leave it undone.  Personally, I like both BUT anybody I’ve ever spoken to who is a real connoisseur of fashion, has always told me you never button a jacket up.  It’s OK to belt it but definitely not do the buttons up.

This is quite handy to know if you do end up sizing down, as it does not matter if you can’t actually do the jacket up.  It’s better to have that defined shape and not worry about being able to close it.

 

 

Where to Buy

Although I own and wear blazers from the luxury brands right through to the high street ones, I have to be honest and say the more expensive ones outrank the cheaper ones on every front.

Out of all Ready-to-Wear I think a blazer is the most important piece to invest in.  A beautifully cut, good quality blazer will never go out of style and trust me when I say you’ll wear it time and time again.  The amount of wear I get out of mine is insane.

 

 

If you can afford it then Balmain is the obvious choice.  I’ve only had the Double-Breasted Blazer for a couple of months but without a shadow of a doubt it’s the best blazer I’ve ever owned.  The quality of the fabric, weight of the buttons and its perfect lining, makes it worth every penny.

It’s worth noting both of my Balmain blazers were bought preloved, so you don’t necessarily have to spend the full £1500+ to get your hands on one (you can read about me buying both HERE & HERE).  Plus, in the past I’ve seen seasonal colours go on sale but these always sell out really fast, so act quick if you want one!

 

 

If you can’t or don’t want to splash out huge amounts on a jacket then the best place is ZARA.  I bought a gorgeous jacket from ZARA, almost 10 years ago, as a substitute for when I initially fell in love with Balmain blazers but couldn’t afford one and it’s still going strong.

Tailoring 

Lastly, you can always tailor a blazer to get that perfect shape.  A jacket can be altered at least one size up or down.  This basically means if you want to rock the oversized trend this year but next year, you want something more fitted, you could always have it taken in.  Just make sure you go to an amazing tailor (have a friend recommend you one) or you may end up broken hearted if they ruin it!

 

Outfit details: Grey Blazer – Balmain (similar HERE & HERE – I’m thinking about buying this one as I LOVE the colour!) | Black Blazer – Balmain (similar HERE & HERE) | Jeans – Pierre Balmain (find HERE on SALE) | Shirt – Kate Moss x Equipment (find HERE on SALE or similar HERE) | Shoes – Saint Laurent (find HERE & the stunning boot version HERE) | Trainer – Adidas (find HERE)

 

Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.

 

 

 

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  1. Carmen September 6, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Oh yes, I do definitely agree with all of your points here darling! I love your blazer and how you styled it in this look <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:29 pm

      So glad you agree hun xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      They’re pretty statement, but I love them! xx

  2. Surbhi September 6, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I am loving that colour tone and that amazing ombré jeans on you. Your colour palette is equally stylish and this pictures are absolutely stunning .
    New post on my blog . Do drop by soon <3 ✿thefashionflite

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      You’re such a sweetie, thank you doll xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Ooooh you so need one! xx

  3. Susanne - Bag at you September 6, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Absolutely love this article!! Your tips are so helpful! I work for Suitsupply and they just launched their sister brand, Suistudio. Have you heart from them? Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Oooh no, I don’t know that brand, I will have to look into it! xx

  4. Gabrielle September 6, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    You make a great point about blazers and jacket looking far more chic when fitted; sizing down is a fabulous tip. As always, you look picture perfect – that grey blazer is stunning.

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      You are the sweetest, thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you Marian xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Yes, you so should! I wear them with everything!! xx

  5. Gil Zetbase September 6, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Fab style!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you darling xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Thanks Eleine xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Aren’t they just the best?! I wear them with everything xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 3:32 pm

      Blazers are the best! xx

  6. Mary September 7, 2017 / 6:34 am

    You’ve inspired me to wear blazers. I never used to wear them but after seeing how easily you style then I’ve been rocking a few and have even gotten lots of compliments. You look sporty and chic.

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Yay, that makes me so happy to hear! Glad you’ve been rocking them hun xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much hunny! xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:36 am

      So glad you like the tips hunny xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      So glad you found it helpful hunny! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much! These jeans are oldie but goodies xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Haha thanks darling! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      You’re so sweet darling xx

  7. Florentina September 7, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I really have to thank you a lot for the tips about size up and size down the blazers, I will consider them since I have problems with my weight, I loose and gain weight often and often I have to give up jackets and blazers because are not fitted anymore. Now I know how to still wear them.
    P.s: your look is great, the combination of textures and shades of color is great
    Wish you a fantastic day!
    Greetings,
    Flo from
    https://femeieastazi.blogspot.com

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      I flutuate with my weight a lot but sizing up definitely gives you that extra room! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you Sophie xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much, that’s a lovely comment xx

  8. Sonia Aicha September 7, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I am a huge fan of blazers and I totally agree with you, sizing is one of the key when shopping for a perfect blazer, the cut also matter.
    love your post,
    Sonia
    http://www.soniaaicha.com

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Absolutely, I agree! Cut is very important too xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Thanks hunny, they are definitely statement xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Awww thank you so much doll xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Can’t beat a denim/blazer combo in my book! Haha xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:36 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  9. Shivangi September 7, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    You look so chic!! I have never owned a blazer ! So thank you so much for sharing these tips! <3 I will definitely keep it in mind when I purchase one! 🙂
    Lots of Love,
    Shivangi

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Yassss! You need one in your life! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thank you so much Olivia xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Thanks hunny! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      You really are so lovely, thank you! xx

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      That’s great to hear xx

  10. Hillory September 8, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I love rocking blazers, but so many people have no idea that you can get different styles depending on your body type! I have a short upper body so I’m super obsessed with cropped blazers haha!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com

    • thatnewd September 11, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Totally agree, cropped ones are always a good option xx

  11. Lorna September 11, 2017 / 1:28 am

    That’s where I get annoyed with blazers too. I love on the shoulders, but you always need them bigger to sit straight, but I mostly prefer tighter, fitted jackets because I have narrow shoulders so they can always look sloppy and loose. It’s a complex thing! Love your grey one though!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:48 am

      You’re so right! Finding the first one can be a bit of a faff! xx

  12. Lyndi September 11, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I love wearing a blazer this time of year. Some great tips in this post!
    Your ombre denim jeans are super chic too
    Lyndi

    http://www.stylecalling.com

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:51 am

      Thank you so much doll, great to hear you think the tips are good! xx

  13. Jessica September 11, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    Such a cute blazer you got there dear! I love blazers as well, they’re extremely versatile and easy to style. And of course, they’re very funcional, especially for fall.
    P.S. Your hair is gorgeous!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:53 am

      You’re so right, they are incredibly versatile! Thank you for the lovely comment doll xx

    • thatnewd September 17, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much hunny xx

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