“Is it a no-go to wear a blazer under a coat? It’s like wearing two jackets, and I wondered if it’s OK to wear that combination in the winter without looking like an idiot.”
The age-old question of whether something is ‘OK’ to wear has been constantly cropping up lately. Fashion is very much a way of expressing your personality and individuality, whether through customising your own pieces or throwing together a look that is unexpected but that suits you. In most cases, I think wearing what you feel confident in is the main objective. In the winter though, fashion is more likely to be more about warmth over other factors, so layering is key.
Although I’m not going to rule out a blazer-under-a-coat completely, I do think that winter layering all depends on the pieces you’re wearing. The main issue with wearing a blazer underneath a winter coat is that you run the risk of your outfit looking or feeling bulky. For example, a Rihanna-esque Balmain statement shoulder number just isn’t going to work underneath a classic woollen pea coat, is it? There are plenty of blazers on the high street at the moment: a loose, jersey blazer could look great under a coat! Primark usually have a lot of these jersey blazers in as well, and I think they look fine under a coloured coat. The only thing that wouldn’t be ‘okay’ about a blazer and coat combination is if you look noticeably bulkier afterwards, as this won’t be comfortable underneath for you and it will look unnatural! Also, I personally feel, and like wearing, a blazer is a statement piece, so a coat would completely take away the meaning of the blazer in that respect.
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For extra warmth in the winter, another alternative to wearing a blazer and a coat is to try a chunky cable knit cardigan on top of your outfit with an oversized fitted blazer over it all. The cardigan peeping out will look cosy as well as keep you warm, and cable knit is totally on trend this season. It also means you can experiment with different colours for different looks, and still look really smart and classic, as the blazer is fitted.
I would personally wear the blazer as my outerwear, with a cardigan and my usual clothing underneath, with a chunky knit scarf for added warmth. This season is all about the statement coat (post coming next week hopefully for coats!) and wearing a blazer underneath would deter focus and make the all-important coat look unshapely. What are your thoughts on blazer-and-coat combinations?