Remember the excitement of back-to-school shopping? You and mom and a minivan full of ideas hit the mall to get right for that first appearance at the bus stop. Your crush had no idea what was about to hit them. Your friends would compliment you up and down on your new icy-white sneakers and Abercrombie graphic tee. It was exhilarating—a New Year New Me feeling that predated any January resolutions.
Until this year, that feeling was contained to the time capsule of your adolescence. There are no summers off in adulthood, unless of course you're an educator, whose well-deserved breaks still lend themselves to that September jolt of sartorial satisfaction. But now? Now the entire working world is getting a taste of it, because after more than a year from working from dining room tables, back-to-work time is rapidly approaching (if not already here for many).
For those of us obsessed with Getting Dressed, that means it's time to load up our minivans (online shopping carts) with ideas and start planning those Monday-to-Friday fits. Sure, you've got a lot of collared whatnots and sturdy pants that haven't gotten any playing time since February 2020, but don't those feel kind of stale to ya all of a sudden? Because cobwebs aren't trending for fall/winter '21, we highly suggest you do a little restock before your first commute. And there's no better place to start than an unstructured blazer. This one, specifically, from Everlane, will do the trick. And better yet, it's on sale right now for a mere 59 bucks.
I know, I know: A blazer? For the office? Groundbreaking. But there's a reason Everlane's casual, unstructured jacket is the right move for this transitionary moment. For one, it's super lightweight, so you won't feel like your dragging yourself to your desk in a damn suit all of a sudden. You can even machine-wash this bad boy, which is especially great as all that time you're spending out of the neighborhood now leaves less time for dry cleaning trips.
The other thing is, a blue or khaki blazer never misses. You might be exhausted at the thought of having to put together 20 fits a month now that your nine-to-five is back in action. This piece makes all of that easier, because you can wear it every day if you'd like. Monday with a tee and chinos. Tuesday with an oxford-cloth button-down and your favorite denim. Wednesday is looking a little windy—how about a crewneck sweatshirt underneath. By Thursday you're back to button-down land and on Friday you've got a new T-shirt to pair.
All to say, that this blazer can easily become your everyday blazer, because it's impossible to overthink, during a time where you might just be overthinking your look a lot. Add this to your cart and catch that first wave of back-to-work endorphins, my friends. It's time to get dressed again.
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