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A Classic Investment

So how's the sales shopping going?!!  I've had a few successes together with some dis-aaaaastars darling....but have to admit I've so far only brought items that are either things I've had my eye on pre-sales but didn't want to pay full price for, or an item that's caught my eye & I know it's just going to be one of those classic pieces that provided I don't wear it out will be in my wardrobe for a long time to come.  In fact I think hubby has hit the sales more than me, well me on behalf of hubby ;-) so I'm feeling pretty darn chuffed with myself....although of course it is only the beginning of the month & whether I can keep my resolve once the emails start pinging into my inbox notifying me of further discounts remains to be seen!!!

One item of clothing that makes my resolve melt like hot butter on toast is a gorgeous blazer/jacket (no surprises there!!!) & the sales are always going to be a great time to expand your collection not to mention invest in a few classic ones that are not only going to go with a lot of things in your wardrobe but can also be worn for many occasions.  And what better investment than a tailored navy blazer, a real classic addition that no wardrobe should be without.  I don't think you can ever go wrong when wearing a navy blazer & jeans be it of the skinny or boyfriend variety, especially when teamed with a classic fitted white shirt or Breton top.  Throw in some tan accessories & for me this has got to be one of my favourite looks - elegant, stylish & chic - what more could you need from an outfit?

Now there are some gorgeous navy blazers currently available in the sales & hopefully if you're tempted by any of the following little numbers they're still available in your size when you click on the link.  So without further ado & keeping everything crossed that the sizes are still readily available here's a round up of some stunning blazers I could so easily hit the button on.

First up is this gorgeous classic double breasted, brass button number from Zara, a really elegant & stunning jacket that I'm having to resist the urge to add to my basket, but seeing as I already own a couple of different styled navy blazers resist I must.  Although it is making me think of changing the buttons on one of them from navy to brass as I just love a bit of gold detailing with navy.






If a double breasted jacket isn't your thing then Zara also do a single breasted jacket, which is slightly similar to the jacket I'm thinking of changing the buttons on.






Of if you like your jacket to have more styling then this blazer with gathered shoulders may be more your thing, although may not last as many years due to that extra bit of detailing, which could so easily date....I'm thinking 80's shoulder pads & yes I blame you Joan Collins!!!






Moving away from Zara & onto Massimo Dutti & you just know that this single breasted blazer is something that will never date & will look as effortlessly chic now as it will do in 10 years time, just stunning.






If however, the above blazer is out of stock in your size, you could of course always opt to buy a suit jacket instead & this one from Massimo Dutti is a little longer in length to their blazer.






For something a little more casual in appearance then what about this marl effect one.....I can really see this looking stunning when teamed with some Converse pumps & t-shirt come the warmer months.






Looking at some more longer length blazers then this one from ASOS looks fab & if the colour is true in the picture a slightly brighter blue than your normal navy blazer.






Of course not everyone is happy in a structured style of jacket & if you're looking for something a little more dressed down then this boiled wool jacket from Sandwich could be just the thing.




Or maybe even this single breasted jersey jacket from Noa Noa.





One thing that really irritates me at sales time is that a lot of shops seem to bring in a lot of tat which 'appears' to be heavily discounted.  Of course not every store is like this & if you shop regularly at certain stores you'll know when they're genuine sales as opposed to brought in stock.  One of the online stores I always like taking a peak at during the sales in Boden as you know all their sales stock is genuine & if you're really lucky you can bag yourself a real bargain.  So of course it would have been rude not to take a peak at their sales blazers.

I love this preppy styled one with the edging on the lapels & pockets.






Or for a more relaxed feel blazer then this next one from Boden also looks gorgeous & you could always think of changing the button, maybe perhaps even blinging it up with a gorgeous sparkly button to add that edge of glamour.






Keeping with longer line blazers & this crepe one from French Connection looks lovely & of course being crepe would mean it's one of those fab jackets that you don't have to worry about creasing.






Of perhaps you'd prefer this textured suit jacket from Mango?






If however, you love the idea of a navy jacket but find blazers a little bit too boring then what about this stunning grosgrain detailed jacket from Jaeger, which although being Jaeger means it's generally more pricy, being in the sale suddenly makes it a lot more reasonable.






Of finally how about this military one from Boden.  Personally I would definitely want to swap the buttons for brass ones but I totally love the style & like a blazer, you know a military jacket is always going to something you can bring out each season.







So there you have my round up of all things navy in the blazer/jacket department.  What do you think?  Are you like me & can go weak at the knees for a stunning navy little number or does it just scream school blazer/office attire to you?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

But before I love & leave you here's a quick round up of what I've been wearing these last few days.


Outfit One




Necklace - Zara
Cardigan - Warehouse
Bracelet - Banana Republic
Trousers - Primark
Shoe Boots - M&S


Outfit Two




Scarf - Massimo Dutti
Jumper - GAP
Coat - Zara
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zara


Outfit Three




Scarf - Zara
Boy's Blazer - Zara
Jumper - GAP
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Zara


Outfit Four




Shirt - Zara
Sweatshirt -  Topshop
Jeans - Zara
Boots - Oasis


So come on time to fess up, do you own more than one navy blazer/jacket or is it just me?  What do you love wearing your navy jacket with.....do you have a go to look or do you find it generally goes with most things in your wardrobe?  I'd love to hear how you style yours.

Before I go I thought I'd just share this picture with you....my first publication in a glossy, Essentials Magazine no less!!!!  Needless to say the odd glass of bubbles has been consumed to celebrate....no dry January here I'm afraid ;-)




Right I'm off to make the most of my last day of freedom before returning to work tomorrow.....oh & perhaps help hubby & son out on the next box of chocolates, I can't tell you how much chocolate we still have in the house, it's obscene!!!!

Enjoy your Sunday & I'll be back in a few days with my next sales classic essential.

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22 comments

  1. Well done you on your Essentials mag! SO need to know what you bought in the sales (and what the disasters were....) I can't believe I have been so abstemious. Tis a miracle of Christmas. Navy blazer is top of my list of must haves - shall deffo be doing a round up on the blog for Spring as I do every year. Can never have too many! Fab blog darling happy shopping! xxx

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    1. Thanks Kat, I've so far been extremely good in the sales although there's a couple of orders still to arrive including a Massimo Dutti one so there's still time for the halo to slip ;-0 Jane xx

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  2. Congrats on the Essentials appearance! You look fabulous in it...and I'm also loving the Zara camel coat. I saw it in the grey in-store the other day and was so tempted. It's a lovely cut. I too love a navy blazer and have a couple of lighter ones for warmer weather but I've just snaffled a lovely Boden knitted jacket in the sale and I'm looking forward to wearing that lots - it's good for wearing under coats! Hope you've had a great weekend Jane, Ax

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    1. Ah thanks Avril, the grey version of the coat has passed me by....must be loosing my touch lol!!! Looking forward to seeing your Boden knitted jacket & yes fab weekend thanks, it's just gone by far too quickly but then that's nothing new!! Jane xx

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  3. Congratulations Jane!! You look gorgeous as always! I grabbed the camel coat in the sale here - thank goodness it is cold enough to wear all these damn coats I've bought this year:) I went mad in the AllSaints sale but I'm trying to be really good now and list everything I buy - hopefully it will keep me on the straight and narrow this year as with calories lol! xxxx

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    1. Thanks Joanna, can't wait to see you in the camel coat, I'm so glad I managed to get it as I know I'd have been kicking myself if I'd missed out. The fact I've recently brought a parka.....well I'm blaming that on the fact I need a warm stylish coat for snow & rain, which we are having plenty of these last few days!! Jane xx

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  4. Congrats on appearing in the magazine, I recently subscribed to that magazine, it's a good one. I have a couple of blazers, black and navy and you're right, they're so useful. I've been hitting the sales for a couple of coats, a new parka is winging its way to me as we speak. Happy new year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too & yes Essentials is a great magazine, I'm loving some of the recipes in this month's edition. Great minds think alike with the parka lol!! Thanks for commenting Jane xx

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  5. You look great in Essentials Jane!!! I LOVE a navy blazer, in fact I love any blazer!! I've had my eye on the Zara with the goldware but trying to resist!! Love all your recent looks but love you in the last pic, fab layering, such a gorge Zara shirt! Enjoy your chocs, this house is poor now lol xx

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    1. Thanks Vikki & I'm so with you on the blazer front lol!!! In fact I've just ordered some buttons to try & transform my existing blazer in an attempt to put that Studio one out of my mind! The checked shirt was one of my Chrimbo pressies from hubby...didn't he do well :-) Jane xx

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  6. Fab article in Essentials Jane! Well done you! I am also dying to know what you ave purchased in the sales......spill please! :0)

    My New Years resolution is not to buy any more jackets or coats....lol famous last words! But you have put some amazing temptations my way as usual! Love you in the last outfit....the laid,back casual look really suits you xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle & I'll do a sales haul in the next couple of weeks I promise, still waiting for some of the parcels to turn up though!! I so don't need another jacket but what can I say they're my achilles heel lol! Jane xx

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  7. Fab appearance in Essentials, Jane. Huge congrats and well deserved too! Love all of your outfits as always. I always struggle with blazers as I don't think they suit me somehow. Lynne xx

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    1. Aww thanks Lynne, I love you in your beige jacket you brought last year but I suppose it's something you're either comfortable wearing or you're not. I almost feel naked without one lol!!! Jane xx

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  8. Looks like a fab article and great picture of you, well done honey! I don't know how I have missed that Boden navy blazer to be honest, think I might need to go back and make another order even though the first lot isn't here yet! x

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    1. Thanks Sharron & that Boden blazer is stunning isn't it....it would be rude not to check it out, after all it's a classic ;-) Jane xx

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  9. What a gorgeous selection, I am a sucker for a navy blazer they are just so timelessly elegant. I have the zara one but have my eye on the jaeger it's gorgeous. Lovely photo in Essentials you look super stylish as always x

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    1. Ahh thank you Frances, you definitely can't beat a navy blazer for style & a go to essential in the wardrobe. Let me know if you manage to snag the Jaeger blazer, it will look stunning on you. Jane xx

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  10. Well done you! Whoop! Whoop! You look amazing in Essentials! Loving all of these outfits! I have a fab navy blazer but would love a darker navy one! It was my school uniform colour & its taken me years to get over it! Ax

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    1. Aww thank you lovely lady...my uniform was dark brown!!! so whilst I love tan I very rarely go for dark brown especially in jackets...think I'm still mental scared lol! Jane xx

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  11. The double breasted Zara jacket is gorgeous:) Great feature in Essentials!

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    1. Thanks Rosanna, the jacket has been reduced further in the sale now too...but I'm resisting at the moment ;-) Jane xx

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