Thursday, 6 May 2010

White Blazer

Emmanuele Alt: photo from Jak & Jil

A lesson in how to wear a white blazer, by the Fashion Director of French Vogue, Emmanuele Alt.

Well she could hold court on how to wear any blazer or jacket or biker really - see the following post at Jak & Jil dedicated solely to the lessons given by this style diva.  Do you know what I like best about her?  She is in my age box and she is a mother!  Here is another stylish mother in her mid thirties working a similar look.

Photo from KateMossFashion

It is nice to see people sitting up and taking note of the ladies rocking fashion and not just the girls and for me it is a relief that there are style icons in their thirties from whom to draw inspiration.  Leather leggings may look great on twenty something year old legs but they ooze much more sex appeal when worn with the confidence of an older woman.  The likes of Emmanuele, Kate and Carine make me look forward to hitting forty!  It is interesting to note the contrast of French chic versus the edgy British rock and roll vibe lent to essentially the same look by these two women.

Everyone is selling white blazers, jackets, tuxedos, even white biker jackets.  There is something about putting on a white jacket that makes you feel very, well, pristine really.  And once you are wearing one you find yourself trying to conduct yourself in a pristine manner probably for fear of staining it.  As both Emmanuele and Kate both demonstrate the perfect foil to such purity is a pair of tough leggings.

I certainly can't afford Balmain but Zara has produced this not too dissimilar sharply tailored single breasted white blazer for less than one hundredth of the price.  It has structured shoulders, is nipped in slightly at the waist and the fabric is a cotton blend in a tactile finish almost like a superfine corduroy.  It also features design details such as a pointed lapel, two pockets with slanted flaps, an additional slit pocket and military style buttons for the front closure and as embellishment on the sleeves.

I will be channelling Ms Alt and Ms Moss and team it with leggings or my leather shorts, some fierce shoes and a jersey scarf.

White Blazer by Zara

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