At the beginning of the year, I had been really good at not spending and actually managed to save a few pennies here and there, which given that I’m a shopaholic is unusual for me! However, as of recently I’ve majorly fallen off the wagon and made a few cheeky purchases. One of was my new Dior bag which I chatted about in my last post (click HERE to read if you missed it), the second was an amazing pair of heels which I’ve unveiled over on my Instagram and third was this Balmain blazer. They do say things come in threes! Although sadly, the spending ban is back in full effect.
I have dreamed of owning a Balmain blazer for at least the last 10 years, way before Kim Kardashian has been rocking the brand, but even back then their blazers were so expensive and I just couldn’t justify it, especially as a student.
If you’re ever going to splurge on a piece from Balmain it should definitely be the blazer. There is something about the way they tailor them and the incredible fit which no other fashion house, luxury or high street, has managed to recreate.
As I said it was unlikely I was ever going to buy one full price, so I’ve always kept my eyes peeled for a preowned one in good condition. I’ve chatted about shopping for preloved luxury so much on the blog over the years, I even did a whole blog post dedicated to the subject HERE, and this Balmain blazer is the perfect example of why I’m such an advocate of it.
I recently stopped by Sign of the Times, one of my favourite consignment stores in London to drop off a few clothes and shoes I wanted to sell with them. Obviously, while I was there I couldn’t resist leafing through the rails where I stumbled upon this blazer. I was instantly enamored with it. I adored the sculptured shoulders, the satin lapels and beautiful embossed buttons. It has all the signature elements of a Balmain blazer but with a uniqueness and quirk to it. The quality of the fabric is divine and it’s in immaculate condition. What’s more, Balmain blazers are usually priced around £1200 plus, so this was a steal at £695.
This particular style comes up incredibly small compared to their Double Breasted Blazer which is much more boxy in style. I’m wearing a FR38, which is my usual size and it is so fitted, especially around the arms. Although when it comes to these glamorous style jackets, I’ve always had the view you should size down in order to achieve that elegant silhouette. I have to be honest, this jacket is a little bit restrictive around my arms and back but I think it’s so worth it for the overall look. I really like the cinched in waist this jacket gives and I even think it gives the appearance of slimming down my arms.
I’m so happy to have finally added a Balmain blazer to my wardrobe. Now that I own one I can testify to the quality and understand why people spend such a huge amount of money on them. I know I didn’t pay full price for mine, but even if I did I would still say it’s worth it, as it makes you feel like a million pounds!
Outfit details: Jacket – Balmain (very similar HERE & HERE) | Jeans – Topshop (find HERE) | Top – Topshop (similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes – Christian Dior (find HERE) | Clutch – Givenchy (similar HERE & HERE)