Before my love of leather biker jackets, there were blazers. For years, I've collected various ones, but, it wasn't until recently that I kind of stopped wearing them, in favor of a tougher, sleeker, moto. I've always recognized that a blazer can really do wonders for any look, and since I've never had tons of money to blow on clothes, blazers always just helped take what I had to another level. I was going through my closet the other day, and I pulled out this blazer from Benetton, that I thrifted years ago, and that only cost me like $6. I love the small houndstooth pattern and chic cut of the jacket— and, I think on my short body, the proportions are spot on. Immediately, I felt like I'd reconnected with a past me, who rocked a blazer almost daily, if not for any other reason than to make her crappy graphic tshirt look cooler.You can totally see how just throwing this jacket over a basic t-shirt and jeans look makes it look so much more put together. Now, depending on my mood, this look might be completed with classic Chuck Taylor sneakers, or, in this case, I thought a nice suede almond toe pump would do the trick, and make it a little more dressy. Also, I notice that I can start to look like a soccer dad from the 80s (I look like I should have a car phone, amirite?!), and switching out the shoe for something a little fancier helps unblur that line a little bit.
I only ever dabble into a preppy style of dressing, much like when I add in menswear, I try and only take one element from another category and mix it in with what I like. That way, I don't end up a caricature of a trend, or time-period. I do always enjoy seeing people pull off a head-to-toe preppy look, but, I think I'll just stick with the blazers. xx, Tasha
Blazer: Benetton (Thrifted) // Tshirt: Hanes // Jeans: Gap (Thrifted & DIY) // Shoes: Shoemint // Sunnies: Ray-Ban Clubmaster (51mm) // Bag: Phillip Lim for Target // Rings: Forever 21 // Necklace: ShopLUCA // Extensions: c/o Kurly Klips // Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics ‘Ruby Woo’
Photography by Christopher Cain, edited by Tasha James