Seattle, WA

Belted Blazer – The Coolest Way to Wear a Blazer This Season?

I have a hard time deciding what to title this post because I have so much to say about this belted blazer look. If you’re active on social as well as a fashion lover like me, I am sure you’ve seen belted blazers everywhere. Today, I am finally trying out the trend, and I have a few thoughts! But first, let’s break down the anatomy of this belted blazer look!

01. THE BLAZER:

COMPOSITION: OUTER SHELL: 68% polyester, 29% viscose, 3% elastane | LINING MAIN FABRIC: 100% viscose COLLAR: 80% polyester, 20% viscose. MADE IN SPAIN.

This blazer is a gem from my recent order from Zara, and it’s a part of a suit (pants and blazer). I got it because I had been looking for the vintaged-inspired relaxed-fitting suit, and the suit got my attention right away!

Both the blazer and the pants are worn by two different models, and both are 5ft10”. I am 5ft5”, and the pants are super long on me (I have a blog post coming up styling those pants, so stay tuned!). Well, the blazer fit is amazing, except I wish it was just a bit shorter though.

Let’s not talk about the quality of the fabric because based on the fabric composition and price, it is not the most luxurious quality piece, but it will hold up well with proper care! It actually reminds me of a school or military uniform which kind of works with the cut of the blazer overall.

Overall, this blazer is perfect for what I am looking for at the moment: structured, vintage style and relaxed fit. I am keeping the blazer and will return the pants because they are just too long even with high heels on. In addition, I really like the look of the lapels and the two front buttons that sit quite high near my chest instead of around the waist.

02. THE BELT:

COMPOSITION: leather. MADE IN ITALY.

I had been on a hunt for a waist belt like this for quite sometimes, and luckily I got it when it was on sale for $80 on SSENSE in June. It has gone up in price twice as expensive on Net-A-Porter and SSENSE now! Yikes!

Just just in case you want examples as to how versatile the belt is, here is how I’ve worn it as a normal belt with pants. The looping process does take me a few seconds to figure it out the first couple of times, and I have to refer to the product photo to help. It’s just a simple straight belt with a hole for the other side to go through. Pretty sure I’m making it sounds complicated, but it is very easy!

I love it and definitely recommend you getting one if you can afford it now or wait for the sale next year. It comes in 3 colorways!

03. THE JEANS:

COMPOSITION: 100% cotton. MADE IN U.S.A.

I got these Agolde Riley in Zephyr at the Aritzia store in Bellevue Square, WA. They are the most worn and most favorite pair of jeans I own. I’ve styled them 3 ways in my previous blog post, here, and many times on my IG here! They’re the most perfect pair in my definition: light-wash, noo rips or distressing, high-waist, button fly, and rigid 100% cotton non-stretch fabric!!!

04. THE POINTY MULE:

COMPOSITION: leather. MADE IN ITALY.

These Jimmy Choo mules were an impulse buy as I was just browsing Nordstrom bi-annual sale early this year. With a Nordy note, I paid around $320. Black pointy heels or mules like these will always be in fashion. They are my most favorite and easiest ways to elevate and dress up an outfit.

05. THE STRUCTURE BAG:

COMPOSITION: leather. MADE IN ITALY.

I’m sure this bag needs no introduction on my blog anymore. I even made a Youtube video showing you what’s in my bag: here!

Now let’s talk about this particular belted blazer look!

ABOUT THIS BELTED BLAZER LOOK:

3 things no one will ever tell you, but I will!
  1. It’s uncomfortable wearing a blazer belted like this. I felt so uncomfortable the entire time while walking around downtown shooting this look. I wish I had it a bit more open at the front so that the armpits weren’t as restricting.
  2. A belted blazer will make you look super short. Don’t be fooled by these photos because I shoot with a wide-angle lens. This particular blazer has a more relaxed oversized fit and is longer than a normal blazer. Once you belt it, it looks like a short dress basically. Hence, you’d often time see people wearing the blazer with biker shorts and sneakers or no pants at all.
  3. So you’ll need to be strategic with what bottoms to go for! I highly recommend opting for bottoms that streamline the legs like a pair of black skinny or denim with super high heels. My Jimmy Choo mules do not add much height and folding the hem of the jeans also shortens the legs as well.

Don’t get me wrong! I totally am in love and happy with this look and would wear it again and again. You guys also seem to really like it, here too!

You guys don’t have to go out and get the exact things that I have but hope that this post gives you some insights into my thought process when styling a look. The camel top you see peeking through the collar is an old American Apparel crop top. To me, good things take time, and as said earlier, I did not go out to buy this look all at once. If you ever see your favorite bloggers sporting some cool looks or wearing some cool items, definitely do your own research as much as possible before making a purchase, go thrifting for alternatives, or just style up something you’ve already had in your closet.

If you’re lucky, you can find a vintage blazer at the thrift shops for that perfect oversized fit but beware of the length. Make sure to try it on and use your own judgment to decide on whether it fits you oversized or just ill-fitting!!! There is just so much you don’t see from looking at an Instagram photo because people will only capture and post the flattering angle, especially when it comes to an oversized vintage blazer. For a waist belt like this, you can easily put a hole using a leather hole puncher or make a stop at your local tailor for that! Let’s get cinching, shall we?!

OUTFIT: watch: ROSEFIELD | earrings & necklaces: MEJURI | nude top (worn underneath blazer): old AMERICAN APPAREL (new but other colors: here)

WANT MORE FASHION INSPO? CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS BLOG POSTS:

Rothy’s the Chelsea Review – 1 Piece 3 Ways

My Ultimate Goodwill Outlet Thrift Guide

My Ultimate ASOS Shopping Guide ft. ASOS DESIGN Two-piece Rib Knit Set

OOTD, Fall Playlist & 11 Fall Trends Worth Knowing 2019

style and senses signature stay inspired

Photos by Toan Chu Photography

Share:
0 comments so far.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

An Trieu

Currently based in Seattle, Style & Senses is my digital life and style journal of all things that inspire my senses and beyond. Hope you stay inspired, as always! - An Trieu.

Currently Loving

YOUTUBE