Editor's Picks: The Blazer That Goes With Everything

News| 1st May 2024
Editor's Picks: The Blazer That Goes With Everything
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When leaving the house means throwing the same old coat over your carefully styled outfit, it’s little wonder winter style can leave us feeling flat. In summer, it just takes one delightful dress to pull off polished and fun, but the art of cool weather layering requires more thought altogether. Finding the right outerwear – that fits right, functions right and feels right – is the key to nailing chic.

With this in mind, we tapped the InStyle editors to share their go-to outerwear for the season, plus reveal the best styles to invest in now and enjoy for seasons to come.

Blazers

A classic blazer is ubiquitous with modern style. Black, brown and beige colourways will mix-and-match with anything in your wardrobe, but there’s a case to be made for embracing colour. Pastel tones like lavender and sage are more versatile than you think, while oxblood hues were all over the latest designer runways so expect a trickle down effect now. Aussie brands like Viktoria & Woods, Sportscraft and Camilla & Marc deliver trending and timeless pieces this season.

Versatile for day or night, try this sequinned style from Scanlan Theodore for an amped-up evening look. For a boxier fit, don’t be afraid to take a peek in the men’s section. “I always steal my husband’s jackets. This black velvet tux style from MJ Bale is something I would pop over a silk slip dress for my fanciest friend’s birthday dinner,” InStyle’s Executive Editor Laura Agnew says.

Trench Coats

A trench is a transeasonal staple for a reason. They’re functional but also have the power to make you look instantly put together. Traditionally thought of as an autumn or spring coverup, trenches are perfect for the milder Australian winter when layered with cosy knits.

InStyle’s Market Editor Annie Doig likes to keep things classic with an ankle-skimming beige style. “I’ve had my Camilla & Marc trench for a few years already and it goes everywhere with me – to work with a tailored mini, at post-pilates brunch with my favourite chunky sneakers and on weekends with denim and loafers”.

This season, Bec + Bridge cuts its Yvonne trench with minimalist details, Sandro keeps things chic with a long navy silhouette and a water-proof finish levels up this sporty style from Lululemon.

Puffers

A puffer jacket is the ultimate winter wardrobe protector. Swaddle yourself in pieces with pillowy-soft padding on days that leaving the snug comfort of your doona feels hardest. Look for oversized silhouettes to really make an impact or lean into the athleisure aesthetic.

Uniqlo is a go-to for winter staples (hello, heattech) and its puffers are poised to take out top spot again this winter. You could lean into a trending quilted down jacket or go for an oversized padded look.

“I don’t like a puffer that’s too … puffy,” InStyle’s Content Writer Noni Reginato says. “Aje has a knack for adding feminine touches to pieces, like waist-cinching belts and golden details, that I love”.

Leather Jackets

Leather jackets are making a comeback this winter too. Classic moto styles that come finished with silver-tone zips and studs are endlessly cool, but there’s also a mood for refined pieces with minimalist details.

“For me, the best leather jackets are bomber silhouettes. I love to pair a slightly oversized jacket with slouchy wide leg denim and ’90s sunglasses,” InStyle’s Managing Editor Elle Glass shares. “Black is forever but chocolate brown leather is also on my mind this season”.

If you want to follow suit, Bassike delivers a typically sleek silhouette, R.M.Williams offers a supple style in its men’s range and Dion Lee subverts the silhouette with a cropped design.

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