If you buy one thing this season to feel en pointe but not slavish to trends, it should be a blazer in houndstooth or plaid. You might already have one, because they have been a staple the last couple of seasons. Probably the most pivotal Fall show was Hedi Slimane’s Celine debut, because frankly, he sent our wearable clothes (a rare runway occurrence these days). Perhaps he thought them tongue-in-chic with a “bourgeois” undercurrent, or he’s letting everyone else think that, because he knows women will spend money on classics. (I cannot spend Celine dollars on a blazer, most shown here are more affordable options.)
The top image is from September Paris Vogue, and I love the casual, somewhat preppy ensemble. To make it less so, try khakis with a modern silhouette (or steal some from your brother/father/husband and roll up the cuffs and paper-bag cinch the waist). The bottom image from Celine is a dressier way to wear the blazer, with culottes, cropped trousers or a longer lean skirt. And I like the idea of layering a slim crewneck sweater over a blouse.
Of course, the easiest, and still equally chic option for a blazer is a pair of jeans. That seems like go-to weekend ensemble to wear again and again.
Top photo, clockwise from top left: MM 6 Maison Margiela blazer, $925; EVE denim blouse, $325; Nili Lotan blazer, $850; Alex Mill shirt, $110; Rosetta Getty loafers, $580; Isabel Marant Etoile blazer, $695; Le Monde Beryl loafers, $335; Isabel Marant pants, $680.