Thursday, May 3, 2012

Dressing in Full Bloom

Hi everyone! Hope you are having a great Thursday! Continuing my love for all things floral, my latest floral family member is this super cute and colourful blazer. I discovered her unintentionally during a casual shopping trip. She was one of those that "spoke to me" and I happily took her home without hesitation! I was casually browsing when at the corner of eye, I caught a glimpse of something interesting, a flicker of colour and a spark of unique personality. I wasn't sure exactly what it was, but there was something in the colour choices, combination and pattern that definitely captivated my attention. I immediately put down what I was inspecting at the time, pushed my way through a swarm of busy bodies, eagerly moving towards the object of my curiosity, for a closer examination. There, amongst the layers of prevalent fashion pieces, peeped the corners of what resembled a multi-coloured floral blazer. I swiftly picked her up to assess her potential visually, and carefully inspected the make-up and texture. I must say, she was more stunning up close and personal, and the rest as they say is history... 

Since this recent acquisition, I have been waiting for the right occasion to bring her out and decided that a wedding ceremony in the gardens would be her perfect debut. 
The floral blazer is the next natural step up to a floral blouse (as seen here). It's the perfect pretty jacket for transitional seasons, in particular, spring or mild summer days. With this in mind, it is important to take into consideration fabric textures when choosing your floral blazer. I personally prefer materials that are light and silky, especially when the floral pattern is large or quite busy (like the one that I'm wearing). Seasonality aside, it is also more visually balanced and pleasing to the eye to opt for a thinner material, as thicker or chunkier fabric combined with a busy pattern can add unnecessary bulk to your frame. 
The other thing to be mindful about is that if you intend to wear your floral blazer as a statement piece, I would encourage you to keep the rest of your outfit relatively simple and neutral. This creates a single point of focus and reduces visual overload. For a more harmonious approach, I would choose a mono-coloured singlet or t-shirt to wear inside the blazer, one where the colour is either an exact match or close match to any of the colours on your blazer. 

Do keep in mind that the floral blazer is a trendy fashion piece. Despite the fact that it may be in the spotlight right now and a lot of fun to wear, the trend may not continue a few seasons later. So if you are planning to make a big investment on that perfect cute floral blazer, do take its possible future fate into consideration, before the big splurge :) 
I personally think a blazer festooned with pretty floral pattern is a great way to freshen up your closet with some added colour, dimension and diversity. Sometimes a trendy, high impact, but feminine piece is just what you need to lift your mood and turn some heads. The silhouette of the blazer will give you that chic and polished finish, no matter whether the blazer is in print or solid colours. I hope like me, you will also enjoy some floral sprouting, even if it's on you! 
Blazer: Zara (similar, similar, splurge);
Top: H&M;
Pants: Mango;
Sunnies: Chanel (also shown here & here)
Earrings: gift;
Bracelet: Brisbane Young Designers Market
Clutch: Michael Kors (similar);
Shoes: Christian Louboutin (similar, similar)

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