Closet Heroes: The Jersey Blazer

A closet hero is an item of clothing which, once purchased, quickly becomes indispensable to its owner. Here at TFP, we don’t believe that there are particular items which “every woman” should own: we’re all too different to need or want exactly the same clothes. We do, however, believe that most people have their own closet heroes, and in this regular column, we’ll be sharing some of ours: and hopefully some of yours, too….

Today we’re kicking off with one of our favourite items at this time of year: the jersey blazer.

jersey blazer

All blazers: Zara

Actually, we reckon there’s a convincing case to be made for ALL blazers to be considered as closet heroes, regardless of what they’re made of. Why? Well…

1. They’re classic.

2. But they come in so many different colours and prints that they can also look very contemporary, even “trendy”.

3. They have the ability to instantly smarten up almost any outfit, whether it be a pair of scruffy boyfriend jeans or a dress.

4. But they can also work just as well worn casually: long gone are the days when a blazer was considered a formal, slightly stuffy form of dress.

5. They’re affordable: or at least, they can be, depending on where you buy them. Sure, you can drop a few hundred pounds on a sharply tailored blazer if you really want to, but you can normally also find a pretty good selection at places like Zara (which almost always has a wide range in stock: in fact, blazers are one of the things the brand is best known for) or Topshop.

All of this, as we say, applies to most blazers. We, however, have a particular soft spot for jersey blazers, because, in addition to all of the above points, they’re just so comfortable and easy to wear. The soft fabric tends to stand up well to whatever you want to put it through: it doesn’t crease too easily, and it doesn’t go shiny at the elbows – or not nearly as quickly as some other fabrics, anyway. Because of this, jersey blazers are ideal for things like plane journeys (they’ll smarten up your outfit for the airport, but roll up into your hand luggage once you’re on board), or those days when you’re aiming for a smart/casual look, and want to look pulled together, but not overdone.

All of these reasons make jersey blazers a Fashion Police closet hero. Tell us, though: what are YOUR closet heroes? What’s the one item you find totally indispensable?

9 Comments

  • May 14, 2013

    EllieB

    The hardest working pieces in my wardrobe are the silk camisoles. Worn with shorts/skirts/suits in summer, worn with trousers and a cardigan in autumn/spring and finally worn as a thermal layer under chunky jumpers in winter. Those past their “wear by date” are downgraded to pyjama status and eventually can be cut up for a craft project.

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  • May 14, 2013

    Rosie

    I think my leggings work hardest in my wardrobe! I wear dresses and skirts every day and i love to wear my leggings under them, they are comfy soft and take allot of abuse. I couldn’t go out without them!

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  • May 14, 2013

    Spiky

    I work in an office environment, and for me it’s my skinny black pants. I get the Really Skinny trousers from Gap.

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  • May 15, 2013

    Kota

    The workhorses of my closet are my long-sleeved, button-down, white shirts. They go with everything. In the spring/summer here in Texas they act as a cool, sun-stopping layer over camisoles. During the fall/winter, they’re great under a nice sweater to give it a bit of polish. They’re also nice because they’re easy to keep clean. A little bleach on whatever stain and they’re good as new.

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  • May 15, 2013

    Fiona Lee

    Denim pants. They’re classic and pairs well with almost everything!

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    • May 15, 2013

      Claudia

      Me, too. Denim pants, a rib-knitted (if that’s the word) t-shirt and a blazer. I hardly wear anything else.

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  • May 15, 2013

    naiadknight

    My hardest working items are my lacy camisoles. It’s rare a day goes by without me having one under whatever shirt it is I’m wearing.

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  • May 16, 2013

    maddy

    i am wearing such an informal blazer right now. i agree, it`s a good piece in anyone`s wardrobe, goes well with skinny jeans and high heels and also with a pair of sportier shoes. it`s versatile.
    the hardest working clothes in my wardrobe are my jeans, in different colors (classic denim, light blue, zebra, red).

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