The Bright Blazer

Bright colors are no longer exclusive to the summer months. For the past 2 years, the Fall/Winter collections coming down the runways and those seen in stores have evoked the optimism needed to combat the winter-time blues. Bold colors like hot pink, canary yellow and lipstick red have disrupted the traditional autumn color palette we’re used to. I, for one, am all for wearing bright colors all year round. I love pairing them with muted tones (like brown or grey). But this season I’ve been inspired to go even bolder.

This Liz Sport tweed blazer was an amazing find from my local Goodwill, but it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. Now don’t get me wrong, I love color, and I love bold color; yet, wearing a bright color as an outerwear piece is a statement (I will not argue that). However, I have been challenging myself to wear the things I love and not to be concerned with what others may think! Thrifting has also allowed me to step out of my box because it frees up the financial commitment I would otherwise have to make when shopping at a “regular store”.

So to follow to the path of going bolder, I matched the blazer with an equally bold red turtleneck sweater. I love how much punch a monochrome look gives.

Pairing it with my light-wash Wedgie jeans and black booties grounds the entire look.

If you’ve been following me, you may have noticed that I love to add pins to my blazers. Really, I love adding them to coats and sweaters too. I don’t know what it is but they just make me happy, and they add a fun unique touch to any garment. I got these two Marc Jacobs pins a long, long time ago at a jewelry sample sale. As luck would have it, the colors go perfectly with the specks in the blazer!

To complement the black boots, I added this awesome beaded bag that I found at a vintage store in Austin. The bead colors coordinate well with the colors in the blazer and since it’s grounded in black (and corduroy) it transitions easily into Fall.

Blazer: Thrifted Liz Sport (some awesome bright blazers: here, here& here)

Jeans: Levi’s Wedgie Straight Jeans

Sweater: JCrew (turtlenecks to match the blazers: here,here&here)

Bag: Vintage (really fun beaded bag here)

Shoes : Micheal Kors (old; similar here& here)

Earrings: H&M (old; love thesecobalt earrings)

Pins: Marc Jacobs (very old; this is a really cute pin set)

Lipstick: Trestique Lip Crayon in “Chile Red”

Mini Lipstick Review: Matte formula but doesn’t try out the lips. The texture is between a liquid lip and bullet lipstick. Really easy to apply. It’s not transfer-proof and doesn’t last through eating. However, it will last until you eat 🙂

Photography by Jacob Baccus


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