Within a month of me starting my first proper office job, two other girls roughly the same age as me started too. Naturally, we started to become friendly, go to lunch together, grab a coffee together at break time etc. As with any new job, there were stupid questions galore and copious amounts of ridiculous situations we got ourselves into, particularly being the youngest three in the department.
After a while, we made a WhatsApp group to keep in touch, and discuss everything from the latest office gossip to what time we should get the train at to get to the department away day that week. Said WhatsApp group was named “Should I wear a blazer?”. Why? Because finding our way through our first ever “grown-up” job taught us a very valuable lesson, and made us realise that the answer to that question is always yes.
I have my interview tomorrow and don’t know what to wear, should I wear a blazer? Yes.
I have a presentation to do in front of the company management team tomorrow, should I wear a blazer? Yes.
The dress code for tomorrow’s conference is smart casual and I was going to wear jeans, but should I wear a blazer? Yes.
I’m going out tomorrow night straight from work and don’t know what to wear, should I wear a blazer? Yes.
What to some people may appear to be a simple £34.99 navy blue blazer from H&M, became a suit of armour, an invisible cloak of confidence to the three of us (okay that’s maybe a bit melodramatic, but you get the picture). Seriously though, what a handy piece of clothing! Think about it: smart enough to wear with a dress and heels, and make an outfit look more formal, yet casual enough to wear with a pair of jeans and boots. PLUS, they good on both men AND women. Talk about versatile!
I do have to admit though, my relationship with blazers wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Thinking back to primary school, it gives me shivers remembering the fuzzy purple material my blazer was made of. And the fact that I had the exact same one for 3 years didn’t help – I had one year of looking like I was wearing my Dad’s jacket, one year where it fit just right then one year where it was gradually getting too small but “would still do”, meaning I had to work the cropped look as best I could until the end of my third year. The Goldilocks and Three Bears of blazers.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am no fashionista. In fact it’s quite the opposite, for as long as I can remember there’s been a running joke in my friend group that I’m the one with the bad fashion sense. But that says it all, if even I can appreciate blazers, everyone should. As I look out my various outfits to wear to work for the week*, I can’t help but think the world should appreciate the blazer a whole lot more.
*Just to be clear, I don’t normally look out my outfits for the week ahead, I’m never that organised. Just so happened that today I discovered that if you don’t spend all day Sunday hungover and feeling sorry for yourself, you can actually be very productive – who knew!