The Transitional Blazer

Now that it’s September, we have officially begun blazer season! Forget the heat wave we are still having and the beads of sweat running down your face – we are now in the month when it’s appropriate to wear light outerwear. And For the past 2 years, the outerwear of choice for all the cool people has been the blazer. Back in March I dedicated a postto the perfect 80’s blazer I had been hunting for when this trend first cropped up. I refused to purchase a new one because I knew I could find the original. The blazer I found was perfect because it’s got that great slouchy, oversized, and mid-length style that I love. Well it turns out the Goodwill has lots of these 70s/80s blazers in the coolest plaid patterns (bonus points for really cool buttons). So I may have started a bit of collection (what’s new?). Which is why I’m so excited the season has finally arrived when I can style my outfits with all the blazers I’ve accumulated.

For every #thriftingtuesday this month, I will share with you how I’m going to style my thrifted blazers. I’ll end the month with a $25 Challenge, including a blazer, so stick around to see what I find!

For the first blazer look, I put together a really easy “transitional” outfit for the start of the month. Breaking it down, it’s a simple formula;

Blazer + Tank (or Tee) + Denim Mini Skirt + Sandals (or sneakers)

This blazer in particular is linen so it’s still lightweight and breathable while providing enough warmth during breezy days. The linen fabric also gives it a more relaxed feeling, which is great if you tend to find blazers a bit too “stiff” or “stuffy”. Think of it as a more polished alternative to a cardigan. Since this blazer was my “standout piece” the rest of the look centered around it.

For my tank, I wanted to pick up the mustard color in the blazer but surprisingly I didn’t have any mustard tops. I did however have an old dress from Top Shop I no longer wore. I did a DIY project and cut it into a crop top! For those of you who are trying to shop less or save some money, and have dresses that you’re just not excited about – think about cutting them into tops. It’s an easy way of recycling your wardrobe.

If you didn’t get yourself a denim mini skirt this spring/summer season, there is still time to buy one (probably on sale now) and wear the bejesus out of it. I know it probably reminds you of the days of mini skirts and ugg boots, but I’m here to tell you that times have changed. The denim mini skirt has become a staple piece in every wardrobe this season. Because it was such a trend, brands came out with so many different shapes and lengths; making it easy to find the right one for you. The one I’m wearing is a DIY from a thrift store find. It was knee length when I bought it so I chopped it off at just the right length for me (and kept the awesome fraying of course). Since the trend as been around for over 2 decades, you can now find loads of them at the thrift store!

PS: you will notice in the “outfit details” that almost this whole outfit (expect the top & sunglasses) was thrifted. Even though this is a post dedicated to thrifting, I didn’t really do this intentionally. It just so happened that the pieces in my closet that paired so well with the blazer were thrifted! I would hope this demonstrates that you can put together a current looking outfit without having to buy all new pieces or spend a lot of money. And my favorite part is that you’ll find pieces that are unique to you and not something everyone (and their mother) bought from Zara. 🙂

Blazer: Thrifted (vintage Ann Taylor) (similar here, here& here)

Skirt: Thrifted (Gap) (similar here& here)

Top: Topshop (similar here& here)

Bag: Thrifted (Etienne Aigner) (similar here& here)

Belt: Thrifted (similar here& here)

Shoes : Thrifted (Talbots) (similar here& here)

Earrings: Vintage (couldn’t find an exact dup but these have the same vibe; here& here)

Sunglasses: Free People (similar here& here)

Lipstick: Sadly, this color is no longer available but this one is really similar


Photography by Jacob Baccus


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