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Styling Longline Black Blazer (need to look smart for talk)

(15 Posts)
earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 09:27:16

I am speaking in a presentation that is important to me in a couple of weeks & need to be smart - I feel a jacket is required. In spring I bought a longline black blazer, believing it to be a cornerstone of capsule professional workwear, but have failed to find the right things to go with it confused!

In my area there is not much choice so I will have to rely online ( Next and M&S have failed me shock and don't have much time now, any ideas of options that would work, or where to try online? Or should I abandon this jacket and start afresh?

I am 5'9" and a 10 /12 , standard length trousers never fit and I like the look of cropped or ankle grazers but slightly fear the half mast impression! I do not have any blouses or shirts so would need to get that too.

herecomesthsun Tue 26-Sep-17 09:37:54

I would go for a midi length black skirt and probably a draped black top with a statement necklace in a colour that suits my face.

I don't suit trousers though.

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 09:57:36

thanks @herecomesthsun - trousers are a pain!

chloechloe Tue 26-Sep-17 10:21:54

Keep the jacket it's a good start!

Cropped trousers look really chic with a kitten heel. Lots of people on here swear by Boden Richmond trousers and they have a 7/8 length. Quick delivery and easy returns so you can order a few sizes to try. Buy a plain black pair and then team with a coloured top or shirt. Boden Ravello tops also get mentioned on here a lot.

Personally I would go for a nice silk shirt from Other Stories - they are really good value for the quality and they do lots of different colours and some nice prints (though some are a bit too wacky for formal wear).

Deecee1012 Tue 26-Sep-17 10:25:57

My work frequently involves court visits so I tend to wear a long line black jacket with a pencil skirt or ankle grazing straight trousers.
Colour is nice top underneath...I do tend to favour a silk t-shirt style. Add a nice necklace......all done!

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 10:48:24

@chloechloe and deecee1012 really helpful thanks smile

HolgerDanske Tue 26-Sep-17 11:03:32

I wouldn't wear black separates with it, it can be difficult to get all the shades to fit together well.

I think I'd go for patterned trousers, cropped. Kitten heel or some kind of court shoe. Lighter blouse or top to contrast nicely with the blazer.

Or a block colour pencil skirt, maybe burgundy? Charcoal is nice too. Or if it's textured you can afford to go with black. With a darker skirt you could go for some colour in your top. Again, court shoes/kitten heel. Or if you want to be a little more edgy, a smart ankle boot.

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 12:12:27

@HolgerDanske thanks, good advice, I had always intended upon getting pencil skirt but must have been looking at the wrong time of year . . .

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 12:13:08

Any ideas for best online stores to try?

herecomesthsun Tue 26-Sep-17 12:22:09

Very unimaginatively, Boden as it is so easy to try and send back. They have some 40% reductions at the moment, they do pencil skirts and smart workwear trousers. The Ravello blouse is good.

HolgerDanske Tue 26-Sep-17 12:24:33

I actually rate m&s highly for work wear. It depends on style though, and what you like/look good in. I got a skirt there the other day, black with a ruffle down one side, £19.50 to begin with but 20% off so not bad at all, and I got a lovely compliment on it. Looking at their clothes online is rarely any good though as they seem to style them horrendously. Is there one nearby you could visit?

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 12:47:43

@herecomesthsun cheers, that's what I need! @HolgerDanske I am actually encouraged by that, I used find it easy to pick bits from the Autograph range in store - but we no longer have that & not much range for me - maybe I can chance a further online order with what you said in mind ! No other stores without a boat or flight shock !

HolgerDanske Tue 26-Sep-17 14:08:31

Goodness, I'd struggle to live where you live... grin

Yes I think it's worth ordering a few different styles and hopefully one will be just right for you!

earlgreymarl Tue 26-Sep-17 14:27:12

@HolgerDanske . .. pfff tell me about it!!! Thanks all for the inspiration and pointers!!

HolgerDanske Tue 26-Sep-17 14:28:42

I'm sure there are big pros to the location as well. smile

Good luck!

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