Having an organized and stylish place to keep your weed that you can leave out in plain sight is an option any adult deserves.
There are few pieces in my wardrobe that I would say I can’t live without. Besides a trusty pair of jeans and a leather jacket, not many items of clothing have the ability to hold my interest as the seasons and years roll on.
One exception, though, is a blazer. Not only is it a nice, grown-up item to have, it also goes with basically anything, and has the amazing ability to transform a meh outfit into a chic one. When I was at that awkward age between university and work, trying to adapt to an office environment that was fashionable-yet-professional, I didn’t know WTF to wear to work. Pantsuits were out, obviously. And yet my go-to jeans-and-white-tee situation just didn’t seem to fit. I quickly learned that all my casual outfits needed were blazers to strike the perfect balance between professional and stylish.
Since my style is more on the casual-luxe side of things, dressing up for an evening out can be a rather terrifying affair. I have spent countless hours staring at my wardrobe in the hopes that the perfect ensemble will materialize out of thin air. Throwing on a blazer not only eases my frustration -- it also helps me to actually look ready in an instant.
Blazers are just the sh*t, you guys. The more you own, the more you appreciate them. My own collection started with a black, fitted blazer from ZARA, the same one I’ve thrown over many an inappropriate outfit. If you choose to buy one of these, it won't let you down.
Once you add a classic blazer to your wardrobe, a softer, more casual one is your next best bet. My navy blue one isn't stiff, but it still looks very much put-together. (Confession: I once put it in the washing machine and while I wouldn’t recommend you do the same, it turned out fine.)
A brightly colored blazer is another great buy, like this one I own in orange. It gives your boring outfit a bit excitement -- enough that you actually look like you gave a damn when you got dressed this morning (did you?).
Color and style are important, but the most critical element to look out for when buying a blazer is the fit. Here’s how to find what works for you:
Chest: I have left many blazers at the store because they fit well when open, but wouldn’t close over my chest area. Even though I usually wear my blazers unbuttoned, I shouldn’t be restricted. Make sure you're able to button your blazer without it pulling (or extra space).
Back: When you try on your blazer, it should not gape at all, but you should also be able to hug yourself without hearing a faint rip.
Shoulders: Make sure that the shoulders are only as broad as your own are; same goes for the waist (when buttoned).
Arms: Make sure the sleeve ends where your thumb meets your wrist -- anything longer and you look like you’re wearing your dad’s jacket.
Length: Of course, this depends on the style. For example, a cropped blazer is different from a standard cut, but generally, a blazer should stop at the hip.
I'm convinced that blazers are one of the easiest things in the world to wear. Where did you get your favorite blazer?