"Two of the most important influences on the 2011-2012 fall/winter season are the decades of the 70s and 80s: perhaps the most controversial period in recent fashion history, the 70s and 80s brought with them unusual scales, combinations, and colors to the fashion arena. It's important to remember that the disco era was captivating the nightlife during this time, which in turn trickled down into fashion; additionally, menswear influences were evolving to accommodate women in the workforce; fashion, therefore, was trying its best to interpret these. (*A note on the hues exhibited in this era: use jewel tones sparingly – they are often too harsh for most skin tones, but you can still have fun with them by wearing one jewel tone piece on the bottom.) This week we’ve picked five looks that we feel have transitioned well to the contemporary fashion runways, looks that every fashionista should consider for the upcoming season. Today we're featuring the one-button blazer... In the 80s, the single-buttoned blazers were often slouchy, oversized, and featured way too much shoulder pad action. Today, the best versions of this style range from shapely tuxedo jackets to workwear and casual options that feature body-conscious seaming and detailing… It’s a new day for the single-buttoned blazer!"
BLACK IS (ALWAYS) BACK: from left to right, Rag & Bone's Classic Blazer is just that, so maintain a classic look with dark denim and a white tee or white button-down underneath; Alexander McQueen's Wool Blazer with Cut-Out Detail is at first archiectural in structure, but once on the body its cut-out detail showcases more of your middle, which in turn creates a soft, feminine draping effect; lastly, Majestic's Black & Anthracite Double-Jersey Jacket offers one element of comfort, in fabric and one of chic, in design; brighten up any of the black blazers below with SCOUT's Uptown Girl in Rasberry Beret Paisley.
NOTES ON NEUTRALS: from left to right, YSL's Silk-Satin and Twill Tuxedo Jacket will be beautiful for daytime and especially edgy for nighttime, a 21st-century take on the classic black tuxedo jacket that the designer Yves Saint Laurent first introduced to women in the 60s; Rag & Bone's 42nd Street Blazer is less trim and structured, and therefore perfect as a jacket in early fall or un-buttoned over a colorful minidress with heels; finally, Miu Miu's Cotton-Blend Gabardine Blazer is, like a khaki trench, a fantastic neutral to have at-hand in your closet, great with anything in a graphic-print or anything rich in color, both of which will lend a bold contrast to the blazer's simple style; or, consider your bold color and print SCOUT's Uptown Girl in Mad Plaider (available again in November!)