guest post: my favorite closet staple {worn 3 ways}, by really renata

I’m so excited to have Really Renata kick off this week of Favorites.  She’s just about the cutest thing ever and I’m honored to have her posting here!

It’s no secret that I may hoard blazers & jackets. I have 25 of them hanging in my closet
right now.

And that’s not counting the ones I have in my seasonal clothes bin. I clearly have a problem… But it’s not a problem I’m ashamed of because blazers are super versatile and easy to wear! So I’m going to take one of my favorite blazers and style it for 3 different occasions: work, a lunch date/errand running, and a girls’ night out.

I bought this magenta blazer at Forever21 a couple of months ago for about $29.

You can find some similar options around the same price range here, here (in light pink) and here (in red).

My obsession with blazers started once I switched out of the classroom into corporate and I started presenting in front of large groups of people. My boss thinks I look young and wanted people to take me seriously, lol, so she suggested I wear jackets. At first it kind of irked me because I thought blazers were expensive and hard for me to find in a good size. Clearly, I have become good at finding affordable blazers in my size. And lots of times if it’s not a petite, I’ll roll the sleeves up.

I do have to dress more conservatively than I used to when I was teaching so this bright blazer & some leopard print pumps are a great way to add personality to a buttoned up outfit.

Blazer – F21, Chambray shirt – Old Navy, Skirt – Ann Taylor, Shoes – Nine West, Glasses – Dior, Watch – Coach

Since I work remotely, I’m lucky enough to have the flexibility from time to time to run errands during the day or grab lunch with some friends. Throwing a blazer on makes any outfit more structured and dressed up without being stuffy. And it’s a great way to layer in between seasons.

Blazer, Crocheted Tank, Jeans, Bracelets, & Earrings – F21, Shoes – Nine West

I’m obsessed with these glittery smoking slippers! I love anyyyttthiinngg that sparkles. You can find them here at Zappos.

Ok, so when I bought these Jessica Simpson sequin shorts, I told myself I would never wear them without opaque tights underneath (styled twice here). They are so much fun that it would be a shame not to wear them in the spring & summer, it’s just that they are really short! I remember when I first started going out and my mom would tell me, “If you’re going to show leg, be more conservative up top, and vice versa!” By adding bright lips, the blazer, and a not so low-cut tank underneath, the outfit works for a girls’ night out on the town!

Blazer – F21, Tank – Old Navy, Shorts – Jessica Simpson, Pumps – Moda Spana, Earrings & Necklace – Henry Bendel

While I don’t think being able to style a blazer three different ways for three different occasions warrants having 25 of them hanging in my closet (actually, I think that makes a case for NOT needing that many!), you can see how easy it is to integrate one into your wardrobe. If you’re not sure you’re ready to try a trendy bright color, you can’t go wrong with a black boyfriends blazer. You can find tons of affordable and well made options in stores like Forever21, Target, and Loft. Just buy one at a time 😉


  1. Wow! What a blazer collection. 🙂 Great stylings.

    xx Love & Aloha

  2. Hey luv! I love how you put together the blazer with a business, casual and fun attire! Super cute and stylish in all three! And wow, 25 + blazers!! I guess it’s like shoes, a girl can never have too many! 🙂


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