I recently saw pictures of both Kirsten Dunst and Kate Moss wearing fitted little blazers over an evening gowns. It seemed like the pinnacle moment in an evolution I've been personally making with blazers.
For me, blazers have always been worn with pants. In my boarding school, a tailored jacket was required if you chose not to wear a skirt. And in my art-gallery-girl days I wore a Theory blazer over Joseph "jodhpur" pants-so nineties, I know! Nowadays, I rarely wear jeans without throwing my favorite Calvin Klein wool "riding" blazer on top.
But to go back a bit. . . . I think it was 2004 when I first noticed my friend Coco Brandolini wearing a velvet blazer over dresses and both knee-length and floor-length skirts. Not that this is such a novel idea. Women have been wearing tailored jackets with skirts for years but never in a way that was appealing to me. Somehow they always looked too much like a corporate suit. What I liked about Coco's approach was that it was a bit bohemian, but in a clean, pared-down way. When I soon after discovered a picture of Michelle Phillips from 1970 wearing a soft dress with a structured blazer, I felt inspired. Slowly I started to try the look myself and kept an eye out for various options along the way.How to Wear a Black Blazer: Style ideas and tips for wearing fall's most-coveted item.
There was the Viktor & Rolf for H&M blazer I wore over a Gucci baby doll dress; my DVF tweed blazer over a vintage seventies YSL fitted sweater with a short Zara peasant skirt; and-perhaps my favorite-my Chanel croc-embossed shrunken blazer over a floral Thakoon dress.
More recently, with the eighties front and center, I've seen and worn harder versions of this look. At the spring 2010 Calvin Klein show, Lauren Santo Domingo showed up in a tweedy Proenza Schouler blazer over a black minidress, and I myself have been wearing a softly pleated J.Crew skirt from a few years back with a sharp-shouldered 3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo jacket and Tory Burch combat boots.
Although this may all sound a bit trendy-it is, believe me-now that I have been inspired by wearing a blazer with so many different things (even an evening gown) and have figured out how to make the look suit my own style, I feel pretty sure it is here to stay, at least in my closet.
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