The Black Blazer

by jenellewitty@gmail.com

Vintage blazer, ASOS t-shirt, Hyde leather pants, Alexander Wang heels, Katherine Dunmill bag, ASOS hat, Misuzi Necklace, Maniamania ring
While it is said that we wear 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time, I make a conscious effort to use as much of mine as I can. This helps not only with needing to do the washing less than once every 10 days (except for smalls etc) but to ensure I actually use what I buy. I have talked about my capsule wardrobe again and again, but it occurred to me that about 80% of the time, I share clothes on this blog that I do only wear 20% of the time. Like cocktail dresses… Really I don’t get around in them every day, so in an effort to share more of the regular personal style happenings, I have a few outfits to share, that are more every day. On top of this, I have picked one key piece to link three outfits together, which could be described as the epitome of the capsule-must-have-piece in your closet. Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen famously began their label on the search for the perfect version, they are obtainable anywhere and go with virtually anything…
Can you guess? I am wearing one above…
The white tee. You got it.
Pictured here I am also in my favourite black blazer, which for anyone who has ever lived or worked with me can verify, I wear about five days out of seven each week. Bought at a garage sale put on by fashion people back in 2009 (for $10), this linen blazer (originally sold at Katie’s according to the label) is the right amount of oversized, non-tailored and comfortable. It does not have huge shoulder pads and rolls at the sleeve perfectly. If ever in doubt, I will throw this blazer over any outfit and call it done. In the case of what on earth to wear with a pair of soft white leather track pants (something I NEVER expected to own), I tried many jackets, but this one got the job done. The softness of the leather is so beautiful. Cut so thin, they border on looking like pajamas, so a somewhat structured blazer keeps it looking outdoor worthy. My advice is to hit op-shops with a black blazer in mind and make sure to look through the racks carefully to find one of good quality. Otherwise, you can pick one up most places, I have added a list of some I have found for you below.
So there you have it, one item I wear 20% of the time (tricky white leather track pants), one I wear 80% of the time (black blazer) and one I could wear every day for a year. I really could do that- ‘the white t-shirt project’.
Shots by Mario Recchia
xx Jenelle

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