Blaze It Up
My least favorite word in fashion is “knitwear.” It always comes to this: October and I have no sweaters. I open the second drawer of my dresser reserved for this occasion and it’s nearly empty. I curse myself for buying the last summer thing on sale rather than coughing up the extra coin required for sleeves. Then I wear a lot of hoodies.
I’m hearing a lot of fanfare around people pulling out their winter looks. I’m happy for you, for real. Get your sweaters boo boo. I just went into the closet to get out my cold weather clothes bin and there were snow boots and flannel sheets in there. That sort of encapsulates my winter style though: staying naked in bed. My wardrobe and I all had Season Affective Disorder.
It is true that individual pieces of winter clothing cost more money than skimpy summer clothes. There’s more pressure to pick the right thing if you can afford less things total. I also think there’s some kind of emotional difference in buying clothes that are going to be your armor against the sun setting at 4:30 and not seeing the warm side of 30 degrees for months. This year I am in an even worse predicament. All the crop tops I own are not having it with the “shove summer under a cardigan” strategy. They look distorted and misshapen layered with a sweater.
So what is there to do but scrape together some cash and shop? I would like to propose a simple (albeit obvious) solution to sweaters: blazers and jackets. You already know the deal. You saw all that “menswear” in the Fall Shows and you were feeling it. It’s okay to hate sweaters because sweaters are gonna be okay. Sweaters love haters. And I love blazers.
My statement on blazers is: “below the hips and above the wrist.” Make sure you get the sleeves hemmed or cuffed if they are hanging down over your hand. I’m a shorty so I can’t rock all the length I’d like to, but if you’ve got legs diva you let that blazer hit you mid thigh. Length and shape are what’s keeping you looking fly not functional. At or above the hips usually says “business casual” aka “I’m wearing this because I have to.”
I am looking for longer and boxier. A little movement and mystery. In other words, “relaxed” or “boyfriend” (GAG!) fit. Something that says “SAY SOMETHING WINTER.” Paired with printed blouses buttoned up high! Basically taking my summer silhouette and stretching it out. I’ve scouted these items as templates to help me plan my attack:
I also have no idea what this is but I like it even though it doesn’t fit the formula:
I was very inspired to write this by Patrik Ervell’s first ever foray into women’s clothing. Beautiful jackets and blazers abound. Peep it here .