A suit is not just for the office lovelies and looks super chic for Friday night cocktails.
Well in my case it was Saturday night above with some girl friends.
You know I LOVE a good blazer/Tuxedo and an Ivory addition should definitely be at the top of your tailored list for SS18.
Ivory tailoring is a big deal this year but to be honest it’s always a big deal to me. It is the height of sophistication (if you can keep it clean) can be dressed up as a suit or down with jeans in Winter or Summer. In Winter add black and summer add metallic or a pop of colour.
Ivory Tuxedo blazer with fluted sleeves, £130 WAS £199
Ivory is a great colour because it is slightly warmer than white but brighter than cream. It flatters many skin tones other than a complete cool. If you feel white washes you out and cream makes you looks sallow/yellow then opt for Ivory. If you have dark hair contrast it with a darker colour like I did with black, If you are lighter then mix with other soft to medium/light colours. Navy and Ivory is a less harsh combo than black for softer/warmer/lighter ladies.
A good Ivory blazer is hard to find and over the years I’ve bought many. This contrast tux jacket from Karen Millen is my favourite so far and newest addition.
It is now in the sale but I got really lucky and found the only one left in my local store that was my size. It was actually clicked in the back area and I received an extra discount woohoo. There are lots of sizes still available on-line but be fast as they are showing low stock.
HOW I’M WEARING MY IVORY TUXEDO BLAZER
SHOP MY LOOK: Ivory Tuxedo blazer with fluted sleeves, £130 WAS £199 / Corset tailored trousers, £125 Karen Millen / Black lace camisole, £12 Next / Red stiletto court shoes, £85 Steve Madden / Leather mock croc finish clutch, £79.95 Massimo Dutti
If my Karen Millen Ivory Tuxedo doesn’t suit your style or budget then I have included all of my favourite’s from the high street below, available to shop right now. I promise there is one to suit ALL of your budgets, style and shape…..
White tuxedo style blazer, £69.99 ZARA / Ivory Tux Jacket, £55 Next / Contrast tuxedo jacket, £75 Freemans
The tuxedo style is my personal favourite and in my opinion, the classiest and most formal. You would struggle to dress this one down as much or wear it for the office. However if like me you were looking for a maximum impact occasion jacket then you will certainly dress to impress. It has the WOW factor and is the style of the season.
This shape is very flattering on lots body shapes, especially an Inverted triangle. I would advise a pear and fuller hour glass to avoid or at least try first as the blazer length is too long and finishes at the hips. Petite ladies may prefer a shorter length blazer too.
Off white single breasted blazer, £235 Reiss / Ivory striped single breasted blazer, £34.99 H&M
The single breasted is the simplest and most versatile. You could definitely wear this for all occasions including the office, casual chic and cocktails.
Single breasted is very flattering as it pulls in the waist slightly when buttoned but also looks great open too thanks to the shape. This will look particularly good on an hourglass and pear, especially the one on the right from H&M.
White tux jacket, £69 Star by Juian McDonald / Off white double breast blazer, £69.99 ZARA / White double breast tuxedo jacket, £70 River IslandWhite
This is a great style to dress up or down but only the middle blazer would look office appropriate. This is also a very popular style this season and looks very much like the sought after Balmain blazer.
The first blazer has shape and structure, so the most appropriate for those looking to create the illusion of a narrower waist or accentuate their already there waist. It will suit hourglass, pear and petite well. The second will look great on an inverted triangle and rectangle and the third will look great on a rectangle and very slim hourglass shapes.
OPEN & RELAXED
Ecru crepe blazer, £49.99 ZARA / Petite Ivory Ribbed Blazer, £33.60 Wallis
The first blazer will look great dressed up or down and the second is slightly more appropriate for smart casual to relaxed office. The first is more white and second is Ivory.
This is a great option for oval, rectangle and inverted triangle. The first blazer will work well for an oval as it is open and not fastened at the tummy area but has some shape and 3/4 sleeves. It will follow your an inverted triangles body lines and hang from the shoulders well. A rectangle could wear this too. To add more shape to this blazer, simply add a belt around the waist.
SHORT & STRUCTURED
Structured Ivory Blazer, £120 (was £180) Karen Millen / Textured Ivory tailored jacket, £115 (was £175) Karen Millen
Both of these beautiful Ivory tailored items would fit into an occasion and formal work wear wardrobe well. You could only dress these styles down to smart casual not casual however. Only wear with a dress, high wasted trousers/Jeans or high waisted skirts.
This style is perfect for petite ladies, hourglass and pear shapes. The shape accentuates your waist, the length separates your top and bottom half well allowing your curves to show after your waist. Inverted triangles and ovals should avoid this style. Rectangles could create shape with a style like this.
DO wear with a red lippy (I’m wearing Mac Russian Red gloss), espresso martini and your girlfriends!
Thanks for reading lovelies.
Which Ivory Blazer is your faves?