Vintage Pendleton Blazer (modern version here) / Black Ripped Denim (similar here) / Vince Camuto Karita Boots / Everlane Tee / Nordstrom Reversible Tote / F21 Necklace (on sale for $5!)
I'm really not one to spend $200 on a blazer (not that I have the means to anyway). So imagine my surprise when I actually took a moment to look at the label on my extra warm, grey wool blazer that I had pulled out of a bag of old clothing from my grandmother's house sometime in college, to find out that it was indeed Pendleton wool that had been keeping me warm all these years. It's seriously one of the warmest pieces of clothing in my wardrobe and fits like a glove. Thanks to my aunt for leaving it behind and being my size!
A heavy blazer like this is a must-have if you live in a cooler climate. It completely pulls together any look, even jeans and a tee. It's also the perfect outwear layer for fall, thick enough to keep out that crisp air. Then once winter arrives, it's a fabulous winter layer! On the coldest of days, I've been able to throw this bad boy on and it's a warm enough layer that I can still wear a medium-weight coat (like I did here).
Obviously there's something to investing in a nice piece like this, but I also know that Pendleton's surge in popularity has a lot to do with the exorbitant current price tag. Therefore thrifting for blazers is a really great option for finding quality pieces! It's one of those items that doesn't generally take too many trips to find and because you never really wear just a blazer (or maybe you do, I won't judge!), the funky odor and stain factor is minimal. And the quality of blazers from days of yore? Beyond amazing!
1. Check for quality construction and high wool content (if you're looking for warmth). Try to stay away from anything that was made recently, the real gems are older blazers because the construction was so much better back then and the price is so low when thrifting!
2. It really has to fit in the shoulders. Other aspects of the fit can be altered by a tailor to an extent, but trying to make the shoulders fit is a lot of work/not worth the price.
3. Don't get immediately turned off by crazy shoulder pads. Anything pre-80s is actually kind of chic in a tailored-put-together way. And scary padding is pretty easy to take out even without bringing it to a tailor. So if the rest of the blazer is awesome, it's probably worth the price!
4. Right now the slouchy, unstructured blazer is really in. This also happened to be a popular look in the early 90s and I have seen so many blazers that could work with a little tweaking (again, you might need to take out a shoulder pad here and there, but otherwise it's worth it!).