Q&A: Winter Outerwear22.10.10
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.
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 problem with a blazer underneath a Winter coat is that it will look bulky. For example, a Rihanna/Balmain statement shoulder number just isn’t going to work underneath a pea wool coat, is it? There is a huge range of blazers on the high street at the moment, so I think a loose, jersey blazer like this one could look good 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.
For alternatives to wearing a blazer and a coat, for extra warmth in the winter, try a thicker, 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 really on trend this A/W. 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?