A New Uniform

classic casual outfit featuring blue jeans, white blazer and stripe top

blue jeans and red ballet flats

white blazer and stripe top

The night before we flew out to Tenerife, I became totally convinced that I couldn’t possibly leave the country without a white blazer.

It was kind of weird, actually. I mean, I can’t even remember the last time I wore this blazer, and I was travelling somewhere that would hopefully be pretty warm. I mean, who takes a blazer on a beach holiday, right? I just couldn’t get it out of my head, though, so although my suitcase was already packed (and I’d just been through the hour-long drama of weighing it, realizing it was at least 5K heavier than it was supposed to be, and then throwing a tantrum because EVERYTHING WAS SO ESSENTIAL, OMG!), I went and got the blazer, shoehorned it into the suitcase, and then crossed my fingers that I’d still be able to close the thing in the morning.

Well, I DID manage to close the suitcase (only JUST, though) and get it onto the plane without an excess baggage charge, but I was actually feeling quite annoyed with myself, because I knew I’d over-packed YET AGAIN, and seriously, Amber, why’d you need a freaking blazer? WHY?

Guys, I needed that blazer. In fact, I wore it so often that I feel I should give it a name, really. Harold, maybe? Miguel? I’m not sure. What I DO know is that I’m really glad I packed that blazer, because it became my uniform for the holiday – and probably for the rest of the spring, too. Tenerife, you see, is pretty warm at this time of year, but it gets chilly at night, and during our first week there were a few times where the weather would go from blue-sky to overcast, in the space of a few minutes. Now, don’t get me wrong: when it was overcast, it was still warm – if there were any passers-by in these photos, they’d all be wearing shorts and t-shirts, and probably laughing at the idiot in the jeans and blazer. Because I’m a special snowflake, though, the second the sun disappears behind a cloud, I start complaining about how cold I am, which was when the trusty white blazer would come out to play.

By the end of the holiday, I’d worn it so much that I ended up getting a replacement (also from Zara), which Terry very kindly bought me for my birthday. Now, I realise how utterly crazy that sounds, and, well, yeah, it IS a bit crazy, but the original blazer was already past its best when we left the UK, and after two weeks worth of being pulled on over my sunscreen-covered arms, scrunched up in my bag when it was too hot to wear it, and finally dropped on the ground, right into a pile of dirt, it was pretty much ready to be retired.

So the replacement did make sense (to me, at least), and allowed me to keep right on wearing the original, without worrying too much about ruining it (one thing I learned from this trip was that the clothes I take on vacation with me will almost always get covered in sunscreen, so it’s not a good idea to take anything too precious…). It also means I’ll be able to continue wearing my white blazer uniform all spring – and probably all summer, too. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

casual spring look

Jeans and blazer (this season’s): both Zara; Joules top; Dororthy Perkins shoes (similar)

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  • I love this look – so fresh and summery. I just don’t think I can trust myself with a white blazer – I’m a spiller. 🙂 x

    April 1, 2016
  • Maria


    I really like the white blazer! I’ve had one similar for like 4 years now, and I’ve worn it a few times a year just because I thought it was too summery, when actually it’s rather heavyweight, so basically the only month it can be worn is april… Oh well, it will mean that this month I will be wearing it as much as I can, and to hell with people that give me weird looks just because I’m wearing summery colors in early spring! ?

    April 1, 2016
  • I don’t think you’re crazy at all—I’m a firm believer that a blazer can be your “friend (name him what you will)” especially travelling!
    A lot of times when I wear something tons during a trip, I find I don’t want to wear it at all for awhile when we get home (too much together time?), but it was smart to replace it–because a white blazer is definitely a classic.
    You look truly Parisian in that photo—love it! jodie

    April 1, 2016
  • I have often found that the “afterthoughts” are what I wear most on vacation! Great blazer! A white blazer is on my list of items to get this year, and I’m going to check out the Zara one real soon! 🙂

    April 1, 2016
  • Hi Amber, love the outfit. I really need a new blazer – especially now the weather is warmer. xx

    April 1, 2016
  • I see water, I see strips, navy blue strips and white blazer, you know what I am thinking about. A sailor. Looks like a sailor uniform. Gorgeous on you!

    April 3, 2016


    hi , I love this outfit, I wear a lot my petit breton top and a jean and I Wonder which blazer it is on the zara website i don’t find it, neither the jean. did you have the reference/name of the model. thank you

    June 9, 2016