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Blazing a trail for springtime

Jan Shure's pick of the blazers


Here are the most covetable spring blazers, in fitted, relaxed and oversized cuts and in the most mouth-watering shades such as lime (Jacquemus, Zara); tomato-red (Saint & Sofia, Mango); sky blue (Sosandar at M&S, Zara), orange (Vivienne Westwood, River Island, Zara) and pink (Me + Em, Reiss, Zara).

They’re also around in spring’s key neutrals, black, navy, beige and white, for those wanting greater longevity from a blazer.

There are also blazers in gingham (Me + Em, £275); in floral print (Alice & Olivia £565); in animal print (M&S, £45) and in summery tweed (Balmain, £1,955) and on the high street at Zara, River Island and Mango. And, of course, in leather by, among others, Tom Ford, Givenchy and Balmain and at less eye-watering prices by Deadwood (£315) and Arket (£290) and in vegan/faux leather.

You’d think — understandably — that a “blazer” was always, well, a blazer. But “blazer” is now often a fashion industry term denoting any suit-type jacket. Thus, those unstructured collarless little jackets — often the antithesis of tailoring — are “blazers,” too, and another way to elevate a dress, skirt or trousers. Naturally, Chanel has them; also Gucci, while versions in fake fur by Self-Portrait and in thickly fringed monochrome by Jigsaw subvert the genre. Hobb’s, Mango and Saint & Sofia have classic ones.

Bear in mind when wearing any kind of “blazer” outdoors in the UK, that a thermal vest is an ideal layer for keeping warm without bulk.

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