If there was any chance I could have been birthed wearing a mini camel blazer, I feel like I would have. That’s how deeply ingrained the blazer is in my style DNA. I turn to them on an almost daily basis, even throwing them on over my neutral summer midi dresses, so I’m rarely spotted without one.
It means (in my humble opinion), I’m best placed to bring you the ultimate 2023 ‘Blazer Bumper Bonanza’ – the guide to which brands are worth the time and money. All of these brands and styles are tried and tested, so read on to meet you new BFF – that’s Blazer Forever Friend…
What are the best blazers on the high street?
NA-KD’s oversized blazer
Ah NA-KD, the ultimate destination for super-chic on trend perfection. If you’ve had your eye on any of the luxury designs but can’t quite justify the price tag, then you know that NA-KD is the brand for the best imitation. In summer I love to update my blazer wardrobe with a crisp white number that’s versatile enough to dress up or down, with the ability to re-wear for years to come.
I always find NA-KD has that ‘perfectly oversized’ look without the price tag and can give you more than one type of blazer option in terms of silhouettes, so there’s something for everyone.
4th and Reckless’ Skylar cut-out blazer
Let’s talk about 4th and Reckless, a Manchester-based brand which dominates when it comes to tailoring you won’t spot on everyone else. If you’re already a blazer connoisseur and looking for something with a little more pizazz, then this brand delivers. Cut-outs on blazers are a really cool trend for summer and add an elevated, dressy feel to a summer evening look: I think it’s a great way to give a classic silhouette a modern update.
Which blazer styles are worth investing in?
Arket’s oversized hopsack blazer
Confession… Do I have this blazer in 3 different colours? Yes, yes I do. Now the reason for this is because I have finally found the one every day blazer to rule them all. It’s a premium high street price but the difference is in the details: It’s the most comfortable and durable blazer I own, and the perfect shape for nipping in with a belt for evening, or leaving it relaxed paired with a casual summer dress, which I often do. It’s also fully lined with a responsibly sourced 100% wool shell.
If you spot me wearing a blazer, there’s a 90% chance it’s from Arket.
Me + Em’s sweet pinstripe pink
Let’s talk about ME+EM, a sleek British brand which has nailed great tailoring. Even though it’s in a work-friendly classic pinstripe, the pink shade adds a modern feel: It’s beautiful and super flattering on all skin tones. I’d wear it with the matching trousers and chunky sandals.
Frankie Shop’s latte blazer
OK, I’ve been building up to this, and I’m ready to introduce you to the icon of all blazers. The Bea Blazer from Frankie Shop is the holy grail of oversized French chicness. It’s that effortless throw-on style that looks great with everything, and has a super boxy fit, single-breasted and with oversized padded shoulders.
I would recommend sizing down with this one as she is large and in charge. It’s the ultimate investment piece for girls who are serious about blazers. If that’s you, welcome to the club.