When I’m shopping at the thrift store I often end up finding the coolest jacket which turn out to be 3 sizes too big. Now that should be expected at this point since they usually come from the men’s section. Still it’s a very sad moment for me because I inevitably end up falling in love at first sight only to be disappointed when I put it on. But I’ll always give it a chance. Asking myself does this look cool in a “I borrowed my boyfriend’s jacket and I’m rocking it” kind of way? Most of the time I think it looks like I’m playing dress up in my dad’s closet (or as my bf kindly says “no”). Sometimes I just don’t want to give up on it, so I see if it passes, what I refer to as, the “belt test”. A waist-cinching belt can completely transform a garment that’s too big. Blazers are no exception; especially when you come across a must have oversized one.
I was first attracted to this blazer because of it’s black & white herringbone pattern. It didn’t have a brand name but it was in really good condition and 100% silk. I’ve never come across a silk blazer like this one before so I knew I had to have it. But it was just way too big. But I didn’t give up on it that easily. I took it home, removed the shoulder pads and added a belt. I’m so glad I did because it looks so good wrapped and secured with this red & gold vintage one belt!
This look has 80’s working girl vibes all over it but the monochrome(ish) black & white color palette makes it more modern. This blazer would look great with skinny or straight jeans but I decided to play with proportions so I wore these black crop kick flare jeans. This pair from Everlane is one of my go-to denims. They are high-waisted, with a denim that is rigid enough to feel secure while still having just enough stretch to be comfortable. I also love the true black color that makes them office appropriate.
While the wrapped blazer can easily work as a top on its own (if you dare), I opted for some subtle print mixing with this polka-dotted blouse underneath. The peak of print is enough to add interest without it overwhelming the outfit.
I finished off the look with my trusty loafer slides because comfort is always key. And they are a great alternative to sneakers when you need shoes to run around in all day but still look professional.
I absolutely love this look for the office, if the dress code is “creative”, that is. But if its not, you can still rock an oversized belted blazer. All you would need to do it switch out the funky vintage belt for a classic black leather one and wear you’re trusty black trousers with a pair of heels.
So next time you’re thrifting, don’t forget to belt it. 😉
Jeans: Everlane Kick Crop Jean
Blouse: Thrifted (similar here)
Photography by Jacob Baccus