There never seems to be a great deal of logic when it comes to the shape-shifting nature of fashion silhouettes, yet one thing is clear: These changes always arrive as a point of rebellion from what has come before. Case in point: The oversized silhouette has had a long-standing reign over the runway over the last five years or so, manifesting in everything from smock dresses to wide-leg trousers. The oversized blazer has remained a particular favourite, embraced by minimalists and maximalists alike and translated in a plethora of ways by both high-street and high-end brands.
Yes, we are starting to see the body-con fits of the noughties start to creep in, but I believe the XXL blazer has well and truly secured its place in the fashion Hall of Fame. If anything, it makes for the perfect counterpoint to complement slimmer silhouettes. I am personally a fan and find that oversized blazers are one of the most versatile items in my wardrobe. With low-effort styling and maximum impact, this hard-working hero elevates all my favourite basics. Think jeans and white T-shirts or even simple white dresses.
Best of all, it's the sort of thing that looks great at all price points. However, I would recommend checking out second-hand options, particularly from the menswear section. Well-tailored with high-quality fabrics, and usually very affordable, a pre-loved men's blazer will look super premium belted with leggings and knee-high boots. (Trust me—I've tested it out.) But in the meantime, I've rounded up 7 outfits that will give you a bit of blazer inspiration for the season ahead. Scroll down to see more.