Black blazer, blue jeans

I think it would be pretty safe to say that a black blazer teamed with blue jeans is every busy woman’s staple go-to outfit. Whatever the occasion, these basic (but hard working) wardrobe staples are the answer when you’re either short of time or inspiration.

I’ve worn the look to dinner with heels (as I did here), to the office on a Friday in a darker wash denim (I’m lucky that our office is fairly relaxed), to a girls’ lunch with a pair of trainers… the list goes on. What’s more, a black blazer and blue jeans can be found in almost everyone’s wardrobe – these separates are the foundation of any collection, and I’m 99% sure that most women will have a variation of these pieces already.

These particular items are both fairly new additions to my own wardrobe, but you can see by the baggy knees on these jeans that I’ve been living in them! They’re Topshop, a mid-wash with a straight leg and high waist. The button fly looks a bit bulky at times, but I just love the more relaxed fit, they feel cooler than skinny jeans and not as retro as a flare or wide leg. As soon as I saw them back in February I knew I wanted them, but I waited to make sure I bought the right size, post-baby-number-two.

After a succession of terribly fitting black blazers, I was delighted when I found this one on the Baukjen website after they offered to gift me some pieces. When it arrived it was beautifully presented in a box (it comes as part of a suit, which I will shoot soon), wrapped in thick tissue paper. As soon as I lifted it out, I could feel the quality in fabric and design, but this is reflected in the price tag (there’s 20% off online with code BDAY19 until midnight tonight, and free delivery and returns). When I slipped it on it felt like it was just thee right length for me, the waist was cut to create an hourglass silhouette, and the lapels are structured enough to maintain a sharp look rather than a crumpled one, which often happens with my big boobs.

Worn together, with the black body from Zara which EVERYONE is wearing (it’s about £12), they make me feel trendy – but it’s a classic look so I don’t feel like a fraud! I’m such a geek, I’m really not cool at all, so it feels nice to wear a modern outfit without feeling out of my comfort zone.

Blazer, Baukjen (gift); jeans (Topshop); bag, Mulberry; shoes, Jasper Conran at Debenhams. 

Images: Kris Miller.

Location: Tatha Bar & Kitchen V&A Dundee, Dundee.

What are your thoughts on black blazers with blue denim? I’d love to hear how you would wear it. Is it a long blazer, a cropped blazer, double breasted, collarless? And your jeans – do you still love a rock ‘n’ roll skinny, a straight leg, black, blue? Tell me everything!

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