I’ve always loved a shoulder pad. Perhaps it’s my inner Sharon Watts trying to escape, or maybe I simply love the nostalgic tack that they offer, but I’ve never been one to shy away from accentuating the upper arms! Of course, while I usually favour the modern male aesthetic of slim line tailored jackets, there’s something so deliciously decadent about a double breasted blazer.
While it may appear bulkier than its slim fit counterpart, a double breasted blazer can actually offer a lot of free reign when it comes to the overall silhouette of a look. When teamed with fitted suit pants or super skinny jeans, such a piece can be surprisingly flattering on its wearer, offering a fun and fresh take on token tailored trends.
This particular blazer was a steal from my local Oxfam at just €10 a few years ago. It’s the perfect piece for AW, with its eccentric houndstooth print and lightweight feel providing a fun alternative to the usual transitional cover ups. For this look, I decided to team it with another classic seasonal staple- the turtleneck. This fine knit number from Benetton is ideal for our changeable weather, given its cotton modal blend.
As is often the case with vintage pieces, the arms are actually too short on the blazer, but I refuse to let that stop me channeling some 80’s news reporter chic! By simply bunching up the sleeves, I’ve added an element of nonchalance to the look, which is a refreshing juxtaposition to the formality of my statement jacket.
Finally, I incorporated a warm autumnal aesthetic with the addition of these burgundy skinny jeans and tan brogues, and completed the look with this vintage lapel pin and burgundy pocket square. I kept a subtle tone with my accessories- I let my houndstooth do the talking!
I wore this look for a cheeky trip to Avoca in Malahide- I couldn’t help but take advantage of this Autumnal photo op!