Felt sort of inspired-ish to get off my lazy derrière and do something for a change. I said I'd do an entry on how to wear this and that so I decided that I love the blazer too much to not do anything about it.
Decided to go with my off-white tuxedo inspired blazer. It has a black lining on the lapel which I find sort of gives it that "I'm formal but not quite" look. Some people associate blazers with work, more formal occasions and being uptight in general. All that diplomacy has gone out the window with the way people wear blazers today - which can actually survive in tormenting Singapore weather.
Tips on how to find a good blazer:
1. Look for a cutting that flatters YOU. Slim fit, narrow, double-breasted, straight, cinched waist, cropped, etc. All depends on what look you want to achieve and what suits you.
2. Make sure you can MOVE in it! I do this test: put the blazer on and cross your arms over as if you're trying to hug yourself. If you can't touch your opposite shoulder while doing this - it's too tight. Secondly, raise your arms up reaching for the ceiling. If it feels strained on your upper arm - again it is too small!
3. Small details are key! Check out the workmanship - the seams, buttons, lining, everything!
4. If you want a blazer in Singapore weather - make sure the lining isn't too thick. Something muslin or something with no lining will work well.
5. Sleeves are usually meant to reach to the base of the thumb so that it doesn't look idiotic when you reach for something and it looks like you're wearing your little sister's clothes.
6. I'm a petite person (162cm) and I find that for a normal person like me; a cropped, fitted blazer works best. But of course, don't be afraid to experiment with different cuttings!
Doing this photo-op; I decided to just go all out and get inspired by the different runway make-up trends available too. Felt like doing a smoky eye so I did my bit of research and settled for Anna Sui's Fall/Winter 2009.
Plenty of other designers using heavily smoked eyes but I liked the complimenting earthy toned red lip used here. I'm nowhere near runway material - so don't start comparing! : )
Love the look at Preen and Roberto Cavalli. The cat eye smoky eye (say that 5 times fast) is bold and smouldering. I don't think one can go wrong with a good smoky eye.
Of course, the rest of the face is kept simple or else you'd look like a hooker.