I’ve always loved the combination of sneakers with blazers… on other people. Historically, every time I’ve tried to combine heels with yoga pants, or a workout vest with tailored trousers I’ve always just felt like I was in a mad rush leaving the gym and got caught somewhere in between looks. Athleisure is a cool trend, but not one I’ve ever felt comfortable in.
Still, a desire for comfortable feet without wearing a whole outfit looking like I’m off to run a 5K has led me to experiment with the classic sneakers and blazers look once again – and finally, I think I’m getting somewhere.
// the grey blazer (thrifted)
I think this blazer is playing a big part in making this look feel comfortable for me. It’s a very soft, cotton material which gives it a much more relaxed feel than some of the more tailored, black blazers I own. I also love that the lining of this is a grey and white stripe which is on display when I roll the sleeves up (which I basically always do). In particular with this outfit I love that the sleeve stripes run the opposite way from the stripes on the shirt sleeves which are visible underneath.
// the striped, button down shirt (thrifted)
While I’m definitely getting more into button-downs in general just now, I think it was definitely this shirt that kicked that off for me. Honestly, this was really the first fitted shirt I ever wore that didn’t feel like a “school shirt” to me. Again, I think the soft cotton fabric has a lot to do with this, as well as the blue pinstripe, which I just find so inspiring – it’s one of those pieces I can see myself wearing in every season.
// black, leather cross-body bag (thrifted)
This was a more recent charity-shop find for me. It was spooky actually, I had it in my head that I was looking for a compact, black cross-body bag (with a good closure) that I could use for everyday errand running and such, then, lo and behold, in the second store I went into, I found this! It pretty much perfectly met my criteria and I’ve worn it basically everyday since. I love that there’s something slightly 90’s mom about it – especially with this outfit somehow.
// black skinny jeans (birthday gift – they’re Molly jeggings from River Island)
I decided that, as a general rule, I wasn’t going to mention fast-fashion brands that I still own pieces from, or announce where thrifted items are “originally” from, because I don’t really want to advertise these brands, however, I wanted to share a note about these jeans for readers who do still shop at River Island. My sister and I are long time Molly jegging fans; they’re the only black jeans we’ve worn since about 2013 and we’ve each owned a few pairs in that time and worn them to death. This most recent pair, which was a gift from my sister who also bought herself a pair at the same time, are terrible. The fabric is already fading noticeably, they’re also pilling across the thighs and the dye transfer has been crazy – even after a few washes. My sister has had the exact same experience as I have. So, I just wanted to put a note up, because taking aside the ethics of River Island, these did used to be a high quality product, and while I wouldn’t have been buying another pair anyway, this massive drop in quality is such a huge turn-off.
// black low-top Converse (thrifted)
A rather epic charity-shop find if I do say so myself! I’ve pretty much lived in Converse trainers since about the age of 13 and have been very relieved to find that they’re easily available second hand, meaning I don’t have to quit my Chuck Taylor habit any time soon. I opted for this pair to wear with a blazer as I think them being black makes it easier (for a novice like me) than if I’d worn my pink or leopard print pair. This particular pair are a real staple for me, except for the fact that they come down very low at my ankle, meaning that I have to wear those strange teeny-tiny sock things with them as opposed to regular ankle or sneaker-socks – which is a bit of a pain!