Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Blazer that Baffled

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works cited: target blazer; thrifted blouse; necklace from end-of-summer camp lost and found; bdg jeans; urban outfitters flats; j. crew belt; breda watch

I've got to make this speedy, because my class starts in about 9 seconds. This outfit is one of the ones Lauren helped me put together when I traded her lunch for some new closet ideas. I asked her for help with this blazer, which hypothetically should be easy to style, but for some reason its length kind of baffles me and I always feel long in the torso when I wear it, no matter how many belts or waist-highlighting tricks I apply (not that I ever overdo it on the belt front...). Any tricks or tips up your sleeve? I'd love to hear them.

67 comments:

Bridget said...

i have those flats and wish i'd bought 5 pairs. they are the perfect black flats. and the pants? love em. the whole get-up.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

yes, aren't they? they were kind of a bear to break in but they are perfect with skinnies now. and that's high praise from you, bridget--always such a stylish mama!

K said...

I love this styling of it. Nice work. I also like the idea of really structured pieces with really girly/frilly pieces. So a long blazer like this with a more aline dress/skirt and belt is a good combo...

Colleen said...

Maybe try pairing it with a skirt?

maryeb said...

I think how you styled it today looks great, well proportioned and very cute. I've been reluctant to try colored jeans and you've convinced me that they can look great.

Maybe try a skirt that hits your waist at the same level as the jeans. I can also see the jacket looking cute on you over a dress.

Kendra said...

Love this look! The pants are adorable.. and I love those flats.

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The Scenic Road said...

The belted skinnies look great with it. I wore this same Target blazer with jeans and a scarf here:

http://thescenicroad.blogspot.com/2012/01/ladies-date-night.html

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@maryeb--yes, i've definitely thought that, too! i think i'm going to try it with a minidress and tights sometime, maybe when it gets a little warmer (then again, it's 50 degrees today!).

We So Thrifty said...

It's funny - I have a nearly-indentical blazer, and my biggest complaint with it is I wish it were longer. It makes my torso feel squished and my legs two long. If you mixed our blazers together, we'd have the perfect specimen :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@we so thrifty--ha, should we trade blazers or trade torsos?

We So Thrifty said...

Also, I apologize for spelling too as two. Gosh, I need coffee.

We So Thrifty said...

Torsos! Although that might be tricky. I'll call Igor.

Shannon said...

I have this same blazer AND the same problem! I like what you have done with it and the idea of pairing it with a frilly dress. Thanks for the ideas!

Lauren said...

I'd pair it with a girlie dress, to balance out the structured aspects of the jacket. I have a similar jacket in my closet that I'm scared of pairing, but you have inspired me to try!

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Kiley Kate said...

I know what you mean! I normally wear mine with low cut flares and a tank but recently I wore it with mid rise slacks and a button up and I felt so disproportionate. Rolling the sleeves up to your elbows helps too (although it looks like you're freezing!)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@kiley--yes, i think the sleeves could use another roll. do i look freezing? it's actually really balmy today--going to be 55, ahhhh!

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i have an amazing vintage wool blazer that i thrifted for a whole $3 that i love, but because of the length (it's the same length as the on you're wearing) i still haven't worn it after all these months.

also, i love your pants!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@danielle--i had a wool one, too, that was great but i never wore it as often as i thought so i purged it when i moved to DC in august. i love jackets but for some reason i feel like they look better on other people and i don't always like the way they look on me. glad to hear other people love but don't wear their jackets!

Terri said...

Would it help to button the blazer? That way it'll come in at your waist.
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Michelle said...

i think the proportions of this outfit LOOK just right, although if it doesn't FEEL right, it doesn't matter. i second the idea of wearing it with a high-waisted skirt or dress, especially one that's above the knee. with pants, perhaps heels or wedges would make you feel more proportionate - though i know that makes it harder to bike.

your hair looks great! did you use any of the tips you got the other week?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@michelle--thank you!! i totally agree and know just what you mean. and yes, i did! yesterday i took it out of its bun and it was so perfectly curly! so i threw it back in a bun overnight and it came out like this. it still probably won't stick through most of the day but it looks great this morning and was easy as pie.

SoFashionistica said...

Blazers are such a versatile peice that you can do soo much with. They look so edgy worn with dresses, and they add some flair to any printed skirt. You should wear blazers more often, they look good on you!

Orangies Attic said...

Necklace from the camp lost and found cracked me up! I have this blazer, have yet to wear it... and my daughter has the shoes. HA!

Emma said...

NO way...I'm wearing this exact same blazer right now, haha! (For the record, it's with a ruffly top and a pencil skirt that hits at my belly button.)

Kiley Kate said...

Lucky lucky! It's 32 and windy here, I tend to assume it's cold everywhere I guess!

Clothes Karma said...

I have this same blazer and wore mine with a cowl neck shirt (to soften it up), tweed shorts, black tights and black boots. Maybe try a pair of jean shorts with tights?

Ki said...

I think you're just imagining it, because it looks great to me!

Ashley said...

I'll be curious to hear what others have to say. Longer blazers throw me off too.

Messy Jess C. said...

Love this look and how you tied together the black blazer with the pops of color. Nice work!

Casey said...

I LOVE your hair!!!

I think horizontal lines help to throw off the length..as well as drawing attention up- so some "heidi" braids, fishtail or some amazing pull back with some cute earrings! You look awesome anyhow :)

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@casey--ohhh heidi braids, such a good idea. and wait, did you say stripe? oh, i can do a stripe :)

Girlie Blogger said...

A modern twist on a classic outfit. Good job with this one.
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nitika said...

I guesss the blazer looks great the way u have styled it : )

Lauren Jean said...

i think it looks really cute on you!!

Kultur und Stil said...

a great outfit - very "academic chic" ;-)
xxx Anita

Genie said...

I really like the contrast of colors in your outfit. Whenever I wear my longer blazers I make sure to wear a blouse that is fitted perfectly; if it's too loose I'll look sloppy, too tight; and I won't be able to breath for the rest of the day. I think that you paired yours in a cute and casual way.

xoxo,
Genie

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Ani said...

Absolutely lovely outfit! I think the blazer looks perfect too!

Christina said...

I love the colors of this outfit especially, but I think the blazer looks good as is.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@genie--you're right! i think a more fitted top might be better in the future, thanks so much for your suggestion :)

@anita--YES, high praise!!

chillairandperfume said...

I bought those same BDG jeans recently, and I am in love! I want to wear them every day. Love how you've styled them here.

xo,
Hannah
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Sarah-Anne said...

loving the pants!

Thrifted Shift said...

I have a really hard time with blazers, but I think you look great!

dreaming en francais said...

LOVE the way you styled the blazer, those red pants are super chic! xo

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Jenn said...

The blazer looks fabulous! Don't change a thing! I'm so upset, because I saw that jacket at Target forever ago, and wanted it, and didn't get it, and now I desperately want one, and that's perfect...sigh!

Jenn

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Little Tree Vintage said...

i just got a blazer like that from UO. love it

KMH said...

I just wanted to say that because of posts you had done in the past with your red pants, I finally had the courage to wear some today, and got positive feedback on them! Thank you for focusing on such accessible, everyday looks that others can emulate! Always a fan :]

Anie said...

A dress above your knees would let your long legs been seen (all the lines are above the knee, so the calf is nice and free); or a pair of pants that go past the ankle. The red skinnies are great, but they hit at the ankle, which can also shorten the leg a bit.

jackie mae said...

that is such a great blazer! I recently got one just like it from Gap and I feel similar to you when I try to style it--but your look here gives me hope!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@anie--yes you are so right!! i didn't even think of that before...

Sarah said...

I'd recommend a couple of things when styling this blazer (and I am probably going to repeat people who commented above me, but I can't read theirs too since this is my "working on my article review assignment" time):

1. Tighter-fitting bottoms are required because if it flares at the hip it'll look odd under the blazer.

2. Something shorter (above the knee at least) would call attention to legs and height.

3. At the moment I'm obsessed with wearing turtle necks under less-than-full-length sleeves such as those that the blazer has.

4. Shorts would make it look edgy (with tights, don't be a martyr). I'd probably wear a shirt (duh) some shorts, textured tights and my wannabe combat boots, but that's not totally you, haha.

Eliza said...

i like this outfit! i'd go with a short skirt or dress under this blazer. and if a dress, i'd toss a wide belt in there!

Tiana said...

you look great! truly. i love those red pants. you really rock them.
I'm really looking forward to reading more posts :)

- tiana of l'esthetique

cakesandshakes said...

I have a long, boyfriend-style blazer and I like to pair it with a mini dress (kind of a stretchy sweater-style plain black one, but for your black blazer maybe you could bring in a pop of colour) and some ballerinas... and you can never over-do belts :-)Mango do great affordable stretchy sweater dresses (seriously, I bought like five and I wear them waaay too much)

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Joanna Goddard said...

you're adorable!!! those pants are such a great color. xo joanna

Rebecca said...

I have no idea what to do with blazers, but your hair looks pretty!

Kayla @ The Good Life said...

I am SO glad that you're asking people about this because I have the exact same blazer and am clueless as to how to style it! I can do longer, oversized cardis, but a blazer? I'm so lost.

Sidney said...

i think blazers just FEEL awkward, cause you're rockin' it t$. xox

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Kenziefaith said...

Beeeeautiful! Your hair looks gorgeous & i love this outfit.

Shannon said...

Love this look! Very chic and classy. Love the red pants.

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Mara said...

I think it looks great!! You've pretty much inspired me to buy those pants too! I've been wanting colored jeans and those are the perfect shade!

Mica said...

As always, love your bright pants! I think the blazer looks great with this outfit - would look fab with a dress too! :)


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shopruche.com said...

We love the color of the pants with the skinny gold belt. Also, the blazer looks super cute rolled at the wrists. :)

xo,
Ruche

Maggie said...

I've got a blazer that length, and i'm super short! I usually pair it with a short short skirt or dress, so it comes out only a few inches longer than the dress - with some thick tights to make it appropriate to sit down, I feel so much taller than i actually am!!

blue roses said...

love the blazer with the button down blouse, great look!

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Elyse said...

Love the jeans!


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creativelystylish said...

Love this outfit! Easy go to look.

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