The stingy shopper: John Lewis school uniform navy blazer

This thing has been designed to be worn day in, day out, by teenage boys who will use it as a substitute goal post, spill all sorts of crap on it, chew on the sleeves...
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May 30, 2012
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fashion, budget style, cheapo fashion, wardrobe classics, navy blazer

As far as my wardrobe is concerned, there are some things I am prepared to spend a bit of money on (boots, bags, coats) and others which, quite frankly, I am not. This includes ephemeral season-specific trends that are fun to play with but not worth investing in and basics that get a lot of wear and tear. So I have developed some sneaky tactics for finding cheapo style solutions and here is one of them:

The school uniform floor at John Lewis (or any other department store, I just have an umbilical attachment to JL that dates back to my time in the womb.) Now this is not me saying “ooh look I’m so tiiiny I can fit into child’s clothing aren’t I great!” at all. School uniforms go right up to age 18 and come in a wide range of sizes and heights so this is a fairly accessible cheat.

My best buy ever is my trusty navy blazer. This spring I have worn it pretty much every single day. I love it because it’s virtually indestructible – this thing has been designed to be worn day in, day out, by teenage boys who will use it as a substitute goal post, spill all sorts of crap on it, chew on the sleeves (there’s a chewer in every class – or was that just my school?) and subject it to every kind of appalling treatment you can think of. Plus, it cost about £17 and this pleases my stingy soul greatly.

Adjusting the sleeve of my brilliantly cheapo blazer

This blazer is 100% polyester, you can throw it in the washing machine on any setting and it will come out bone dry (a little sinister, but anyway) and holding its shape, requiring no ironing. It has a zippable inside pocket where I stash my purse and even a jazzy little patch to write your name on (irrelevant, but cool.) I wear it over dresses, with jeans, with my denim skirt, with shorts and have so far managed to avoid looking like wee Jimmy Krankie (although Angus Young comparisons have been made...)