New ways with my old check blazer

I’ve worked out how to wear my new(ish) check blazer

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Checks are very much in this sea­son. This dress, for in­stance, is by Ganni, which all the cool girls are wear­ing, and it’s in the shops now. The jacket I’m wear­ing isn’t in the shops be­cause I bought it from Top­shop in Au­gust last year, when check blaz­ers were just be­com­ing a thing. So it’s tech­ni­cally three sea­sons old, although Top­shop has sev­eral sim­i­lar styles this sea­son, in­clud­ing a navy win­dow­pane num­ber for £65, which I would be tempted by if I didn’t al­ready have this one.

Although it’s well over a year old, I still think of this as my New Check Blazer. Partly be­cause I swear a year zooms by in about five sec­onds – dry clean­ing the cur­tains is only one of many jobs that have been on my to-do list for much longer than this blazer has been in my wardrobe – and partly be­cause I am only now get­ting into the swing of wear­ing it.

When I bought it I was ter­rif­i­cally pleased with my­self that I had sourced a check blazer within mo­ments of 2017’s Septem­ber is­sues pro­claim­ing ev­ery­one must have one. I wore it with jeans and a white shirt, and vaguely ex­pected some­one to hand me a fash­ion medal. When, re­ally, a check blazer is not that much of a big deal, is it?

A year later, I’m start­ing to get the hang of it. You know that thing about how you are sup­posed to think of leop­ard as a neu­tral – wear it with flo­rals, wear it with stripes, stop think­ing it can be paired only with plain pieces? It ap­plies to checks, also. This blazer only re­ally came to life when I had run out of blue denim, white and black in my wardrobe to wear it with, and started go­ing for the clash.

It turns out the blazer looks good over a fancy bright silk blouse with a tie-neck, or a ruf­fle, or a pussy bow. Worn with high-waisted jeans, the look is a bit like some­one’s mum from a 1980s sit­com, which is very on-trend. It also works ov over flo­rals, and I’ve wrung an­other fort­night of we wear out of the loose midi-length dresses I wore th this sum­mer by wear­ing this blazer over the to top. A chunky neck­lace and boots help bring an au au­tum­nal so­bri­ety to dresses you flit­ted about in wi with Con­verse or back­less loafers in the sum­mer.

It has taken me a year to fig­ure out that this bla blazer also works check-on-check. Like matchym matchy, but more fun. Check-on-check sounds lik like a clash, but it’s a win­ner. Check­mate, in fact

Jess J wears dress, £220, by Ganni, from net-a-porter. com. Blazer, Jess’ own. Heels, £60, asos.com

Ev­ery week, Jess mixes new buys with old favourites and vin­tage finds Fash­ion jour­nal­ist of the year

1 Cu­lottes, £120, jig­saw-on­line.com2 Blazer, £120, top­shop.com3 Green midi skirt, £49.99, zara.com4 Shirt­dress, £30, monki.com5 Shirt, £12.99, hm.com

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