Back in the day when I watched What Not to Wear and heard Stacy and Clinton rave about blazers, I was skeptical.  I was also a student in one way or another and wasn’t getting $5000 of free clothes, so I never even bothered trying a blazer until I graduated OT school and got my Interview Suit in 2002.  That remained my only blazer until I started thrifting ten years later and discovered that most blazers are in perfect condition and cost about as much as a latte.  Ever since then, I’ve been collecting blazers!

Bright Blazer Week has begun! Can you guess which one I am wearing today?!! (At least until fever struck my eldest!) ❤️ P.S. Every one of these gorgeous colourful Blazers was #thrifted! #TuesdayTry #BrightBlazerWeek #fashionchallenge #blackoutstyle2016
These are only the colourful blazers! I also have black, navy, grey, printed, striped, vintage, etc. I heart blazers!

Neutral blazers are a no-brainer for both a casual wardrobe and easy work style, and don’t bother trying to tell me you can’t wear one to work (unless you, er, wear a uniform) because “it will get dirty or ruined.”  I work in PRESCHOOL with nose-picking paint-loving wonderfully schmeary children – if I can work a blazer, I bet you can too.  Sure, if you paid $200, you might be a bit more cautious, but thrifting prices make blazers accessible fashion for the everyday woman.  Hence this week’s Tuesday Try AND week-long challenge: Bright Blazer Week!  Yesterday, I rocked that heavy orange wool blazer…

During Bright Blazer Week, I'm going for contrast...consider yourselves warned. Orange wool Banana Republic blazer $13.30, blue polka dot top $3.50, blue cords $4.20, Clarks ankle boots $10 plus accessories from La Collection de Nicole.
During Bright Blazer Week, I’m going for contrast…consider yourselves warned.  
Orange wool Banana Republic blazer $13.30, blue polka dot top $3.50, blue cords $4.20, Clarks ankle boots $10 plus accessories from La Collection de Nicole.

But for the Tuesday Try, I endeavoured to select *the* essential blazer, the one you should never pass up in the thrift store, the one that will work in every season with every colour…

And coincidentally, the one I paid the least for!
And coincidentally, the one I paid the least for: the coral blazer!

I scored this unstructured blazer at Goodwill in Montana for $2 (and that was back when the Canadian dollar was on par).  Why coral?  Why not red or cobalt?  Aren’t they “essential?”  Well, sure, but they’re also a bit more obvious and common, and they run the risk of trying to look like a suit if worn with the essential pants!  If I had to choose just one, I’d choose coral.   

The Essential Blazer of a Colourful Wardrobe
If you want to add unique individual style to your colourful wardrobe, choose a unique individual colour for your blazer. JBrand denim $4, vintage suede ankle boots $14.25, green top $4.20 and necklace gifted by people who went to Mexico without me last year over my birthday. No I haven’t forgotten.

There’s something special about coral.  It’s bright but warm… it’s not pink, not orange, not red but the perfect melange that takes up almost half the colour wheel which is why it works with so many other colours.  Green is not the obvious choice but like I warned on Instagram, I’m feeling contrasty!  And I’m feeling inspired by my colour muse, Elisa Nalin.

Elisa Nalin, red and pink blazer (outfit side view):

The trendsetter and oh so original, Elisa Nalin:

I absolutely LOVE how Elisa (we’re on a first-name basis) mixes colours and textures and details.  Just scrolling through Elisa pins sparks joy!  All the colour!!  Her style exudes happiness!  You can’t help but be inspired.

A coordinating statement necklace never hurts an outfit, nor does the perfect colourful-print scarf, which I wore today too!
A coordinating statement necklace never hurt an outfit, nor does the perfect colourful-print scarf, which I wore today too!
Which bright blazer am I wearing today?! Here's your clues: I'm going contrasty and wearing green suede shoes, vintage in case you're interested. Stay tuned...
In absence of green flats, one wears green lace-up suede vintage boots. Or is it just me? #matchymatchy
Coral and green go together - believe it!
Coral and green go together – believe it!  Thrifted and She Does Create.

You know you’ve stumbled on the right colourful pieces when wearing them begets wearing them…

I might wear this coral blazer again tomorrow; I might not.  You'll have to tune into Instagram to find out!

I might wear this coral blazer again tomorrow; I might not.  You’ll have to tune into Instagram to find out and follow along with the rest of Bright Blazer Week!

 

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  1. Kimberly T Reply

    I probably shouldn’t admit this to you, but I still don’t own a single blazer!!

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