We all say silly things in meetings sometimes. The latest eyebrow-raising comment I made to team Who What Wear UK was to announce that I could write a story on a "capsule blazer wardrobe." Those three words caused quite a few laughs, as it turns out it's not normal to own more than one or possibly two blazers.
However, I own more jackets than I do jeans or shirts, and I can safely say that blazers are what I use to add personality to my usual office or casual outfit. If you've got past my "capsule blazer wardrobe" comment and want to know what I think that is, then you're in luck. After my co-workers had stopped laughing, our editorial director said, "Okay—you can write it."
Keep scrolling for the four jackets that I think everyone needs in their wardrobes.
1. Checked Blazers
Checked blazers were arguably the key trending product last autumn, and they're still just as popular. There are no rules when it comes to the size of the grids or colours, so don't just stick to greys and navys. This jacket makes me feel like Princess Diana—especially when I wear it with white jeans.
2. Camel Blazers
The most expensive-looking blazer this season is certainly camel—whether it's from Max Mara or Zara.
3. Cord Blazers
The best thing about corduroy is that it's a fabric that you don't have to spend a fortune on in order for it to look high quality. My ivory cord blazer is from River Island, and the texture makes it a little more interesting than a classic double-breasted jacket.
4. Statement Blazers
This season, there are so many wild card blazer trends—from snake print to polka dots to vibrant colours.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn/winter 2018.