As we approach a new season I can get a little ahead of myself. I liken it to going through a buffet line when I haven’t eaten all day. Sometimes I overload my plate and discover my appetite was bigger than my stomach. I get similar frustrating results if I start shopping for the new season too soon. I end up with a plethora of bits and pieces and no clear direction. So at this time of year I limit myself to strategic shopping, buying only pieces that I can fit into my wardrobe seamlessly. Thus I have pieces like this great plaid blazer that I can wear now and later.
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Styling a Plaid Blazer Now
If you’ve been a Dressed for My Day reader for long, you probably know these two things about me. One, I love blazers. And I don’t just love them in theory; I really wear them often, even in my casual lifestyle. In fact, I’d much prefer to wear blazers over jeans than dress pants or a dress or skirt.
And two, since I like to wear them so much and generally keep my blazers in my closet for years upon years, I don’t mind investing in quality jackets. I do have some less expensive blazers in my wardrobe, too. But when it comes to these jackets I’ve found you do indeed get what you pay for. And I want my blazers to fit well, feature great fabric and have nice stitching.
So this Reiss Essie Glen plaid blazer is quite pricey. But I’ve rounded up a slew of other lovely plaid blazers at a full range of price points and gathered them in the shopping widget below. This post is not so much about this plaid blazer I’m wearing, as it is about styling any plaid blazer now and later. (By the way, the Reiss Essie Glen plaid blazer was in fact temporarily marked down substantially when I purchased it. I never pay full price for anything!)
Right now I’m wearing my plaid blazer over a lightweight sweater (similar), this camisole and my lightly distressed jeans. I kept the coloring soft and the intensity level consistently low in this outfit to help pull it together. I added a pretty silk square scarf for a little warmth and added interest. I love contrasting a print scarf with a plaid blazer!
I finished off the look with gold split hoop earrings, stylish sunglasses (similar frames//more economical) and my taupe suede booties (similar). I love how a plaid blazer adds texture and interest to an outfit like this. Of course any blazer adds a bit of structure to an outfit (even if it’s an oversized blazer), elevating the style quotient significantly. But a plaid blazer just looks so fresh, a little more casual and a bit more colorful.
Styling a Plaid Blazer Later
Choose your plaid blazer wisely and you’ll be able to wear it year round. I think most of the ones I included in the widget above will work in at least two seasons, maybe more. So let’s see how I switched things up a bit to style my plaid blazer for later when the weather warms a bit.
I guess the main thing I did here is swap out the cashmere sweater for a simple sun-faded navy v-neck tee (TTS). Mine is a short sleeved t-shirt, but you could wear anything from a long sleeve tee to a tank top with the same effect. I had really wanted to pair a lighter blue tee with this plaid jacket. But the good thing about plaids is that they usually have a number of colors in them from which to pull for things like tops, scarves and shoes.
I replaced the neck scarf with my two-tone pendant necklace to lighten things up a bit, but I still wore those split hoop earrings. And I’m pretty sure I saw my Nordgreen Native watch peeking out from under my rolled up jacket sleeve. (Use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)
Now I know that these retro trainers tend to polarize readers. You either “get them” or you don’t. And I understand. There are some trends that I just don’t “get” either, hahaha! But I’ve seen so many stylish women – in pictures and in real life – who have created such great juxtaposition wearing similar retro trainers with a blazer. It’s definitely “a thing.” And I’m all in!
I actually had this pair of flats in the car that I had planned to show as an option with this outfit. And you absolutely could create a great look with them. But, as you can see with the snow and salt on the ground, it was ridiculously cold when we were snapping these photos and I just couldn’t bear to bare my ankles!
I really love the way this outfit came together, too. And I can’t wait to wear this sporty combination this spring when it warms up a bit. This is the kind of outfit I’d definitely wear to lunch with friends, out and about shopping, to a museum with my husband or for a day of tending to wedding details with Abby.
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Blessed for My Day
Writing about a plaid blazer reminded me of Joseph’s multi-colored robe or coat, given to him by his doting father. Playing favorites is no laughing matter. When we choose favorites among our friends, our grandchildren, our pastoral staff or our siblings we create undesirable strife, resentment and frustration among them. We play with people’s emotions and set them, including “the favorite,” up for hurt and mistrust.
But let’s be honest. Sometimes one person among the group just “fits” us better. Maybe they’re easier for us to get along with, more fun to be with, friendlier, more charismatic and charming or just more like us. How can we resist treating that person a little differently? Right? We can ask God to help us treat them and the others the way He does. We can seek to see each person through His gracious and good eyes. And we can lavish our affection on Him rather than any one person.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. ~ Genesis 37:3-4