How to wear a blazer this autumn/winter

Smarten up from cardigans and jumpers this season with our pick of the best blazers from the A/W collections 

by 14 October 2015

As global climate changes faster than our wardrobe can, mild autumns and winters call for a blazer that transitions you into the new season in style. Thrown over shoulders, worn on top of your dress on crisp mornings, or draped over bags, a blazer is the perfect laid-back layering item

Menswear inspiration prevails on the catwalks this season, but no one has taken it as far as Jean-Paul Gaultier, who- for his last ever ready-to-wear show- pulled out all the stops and created the a brilliant collection. Outside Le Grand Rex cinema, people were trying to witness fashion history in the making, while guests inside poured champagne and popped popcorn, ready for always-unconventional show-down of style.

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Jean-Paul Gautier

The half-blazer-half-eveningwear pieces are at once adrigynous and sensuous. The juxtaposesd silhouette makes a bold statement and happily marries the best of both worlds. All his iconic elements were there: the cone bra, the corset, the lapel, the double-breasted jackets… From the suave wide brim hat to the black stockings and black stilettos, Jean-Paul Gaultier paid the ultimate tribute to woman who love to dress strong and beautiful.

The trilblazer is of course Chanel, with their menswear-inspired double breasted jackets in rainbow shades, which build upon the maison’s iconic black, white and navy. Play on the silhouette and opt for tunic jackets with roomy short sleeves. Both blazer styles are paired with cuffed wide-leg trousers. We also love the short tweed jackets- in technicolour or simply black and white that layer effortlessly over blouses and skirts on those breezy mornings.

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You probably did not expect to find some of this season’s most romantic blazers from the house of Louis Vuitton. Beautiful white knitted jackets with black ribbon running through their delicate patterns are perfect over electirc jersey dresses, while their preppier versions in skinny black and retro gabardine prove just as easy to mix-and-match. Great for those days when you justy want to throw on something beautiful and go.

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This season, rock n’roll Gucci says simply ‘walk this way’ with strong, clean lines shown off with braiding or golden marine-style buttons. Paired with box pleat skirts or boyfriend jeans, sumptuous footwear such as strappy high heel python sandals or suede bootis give the whole look a contemporary feel. But we think the true rebel at heart should simply go for the python jacket and skirt for an all-out statement.

The queen of French knitwear Sonia Rykiel sends easy-breezy crisp white jackets down the runway this season, accented with none other than her iconic stripes. Navy blue, tangerine and military green stripes, or a wide black swathe across adds a sporty touch to button-down jackets. Sometimes the knit has been worked to look like buttersoft fur or marabous for more textural interest. Men’s pinstrip-inspired jackets with rolled-up sleeves are as cool as they are sophisticated.

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Dress it up, dress it down-today’s blazer has come a long way to become a statement piece that can be matched and mismatched for directional style. Whether you go down the tailoring route or embark on a adventure, the blazer is here to stay.