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A White Blazer on a Budget

white blazer with blue jeans

Kate Spade Be Beau bag in red, white and blue

smart casual look: white blazer and blue jeans

For me, I think 2016 will be remembered as The Year of the Blazer.

Well, that’s what I’ll call it when I’m being polite about it, anyway. The rest of the time, it’ll just be “That ^%&*$”* terrible year.” Because, yeah, it’s been a bad one so far, huh?

But blazers, though! Blazers are not bad, or, indeed, sad. Blazers are freakin’ awesome, in fact, which is why I’ve been practically living in them this year. They dress up jeans, they keep you warm when you’re wearing a sleeveless dress: there’s just no end to their talents, really.

There’s just one problem: blazers can be a bit pricey. (Er, especially when you buy as many of them as I do.) Which is why, having had this Uniqulo one on my wish list for a few months now, when I saw it had been reduced to £14.90 in the sale, I figured it was now or never.

Now, there’s one important thing to note about this, if you’re thinking of buying it, and that’s the small, but important fact, that it’s not actually a real blazer. No, this, my friends, is what Uniqlo call a “cardigan jacket”, and what you or I would call, “an unlined jersey blazer”. In other words, it’s not going to be warm enough for a really cold day, and it’s probably not structured enough to wear to the office… assuming that people wear blazers to offices now, that is. I obviously wear workout clothes or pyjamas to the “office”, so I wouldn’t know.

So, this is the blazer-that-isn’t-a-blazer, then. Only, it really IS sort of like a blazer , isn’t it? I’ve been wearing it with the same things I’d wear any of my “real” blazers with: it looks pretty much the same, and although it’s not quite as warm, the fact that it wasn’t expensive means I don’t have to worry too much about spilling something on it and ruining it. Which, let’s face is, is bound to happen, sooner or later: it always does…

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Uniqlo blazer; Zara sweater; Buffalo shoes; Kate Spade bag* via Shopbop

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  • WhatLouWore365
    July 11, 2016

    Very nice! I could wear this to my office but I’d boil at this time of year. We’re in the countryside in on the ground floor of a coverted barn so the ceiling is quite low. No a/c (which is not a problem most of the time) and lots of PCs plus the sunshine means it does get a bit melty in here. So a jersey blazer is perfect for late autumn and winter. Great find 🙂

  • Myra
    July 11, 2016

    I love Blazers

  • Liz in Paris
    July 11, 2016

    The blazer looks great on you and very practical too. Plus that bag is all kinds of gorgeous! Just went for a spin on the KS site to see what else they have!

  • Cora
    July 13, 2016

    Amazing outfit! You are stunning, dear! I love this white blazer so much. Perfect fit!

  • Sarah
    July 13, 2016

    I discovered your posts on Pinterest a few weeks ago & have loved everything of yours since I started ‘following’ you! I’ve been looking for a jersey blazer like this for aaages… Just ordered it in black, white & grey.
    Thank you! 😊

  • Sophie
    July 15, 2016

    How is the sizing from Uniqlo? All these S, M & L’s are not helpful for me really and I don’t want to be dwarfed by a massive dress or jacket. That blazer cardigan thing is super tempting though – I’ve been looking for something that JUST HAS A BUTTON in the middle, and I’ve not found anything that is even remotely fitted. I look like a box in these lightweight hanging summer jackets that i’ve been finding everywhere instead because I’m short. I need a bit of shape!

    • Sarah
      July 19, 2016

      Sophie, I’m usually a 10/12 (closer to a 12!) petite & curvy – this jacket in a medium fit me perfectly. Hope that helps!? (The small was too snug but fastened!)

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