This post is sponsored by Vestiarire Collective.
It's no surprise that I love a blazer. They will always be one of my wardrobe essentials, and are key in lifting up any super casual outfit. Finding the right one can be hard, which is why you see the same ones over and over again on here. When you find a style that works perfectly for you, you wear it forever! I struggle to find them for so many reasons; I love longline, and the high street doesn't always do that well. I like a heavy fabric that maintains it's structure, and more than anything, I love a tweed/herringbone style print. That latter point has been impossible to find for me! Despite half of my Instagram and nearly every girl on Pinterest wearing one, I just could not find the right one.
So, I gave up on looking for something new, and focused my attention to vintage. I am not much of a vintage shopper. I really do think it's a skill, being able to trawl through the over filled racks and finding a gem. I have neither the skill or patience, so despite heading in to find Levi's 501s (I still usually fail at that too), the selection of vintage in my wardrobe is minimal.
I have shopped on Vestiaire Collective before (my Celine leather jacket was bought on there), but I had never really delved into their incredible vintage section. It really is amazing; they've got clothes, bags, shoes, accessories - and its wayyy more manageable than going in to a shop (which also usually smell a bit funny). I began my search by instantly filtering things down. These are all one off items, so falling in love with a size 6 blazer I would never fit into was only going to end in tears. There is a hugeee selection and all the the most amazing prices too, this one was £380 and is perfect condition.
I feel like this blazer was made for me, it's hands down the best fitting one I have. Certain design elements do make it feel like a vintage piece; the short lapel, shaped waist and brown leather buttons. But overall it feels like something you would see in the shops today. It's the most gorgeous soft woollen fabric, with velvet detailing on the collar and two zipped pockets. Everything about it is stunning, I can't tell you all how happy I am with this piece!
This is my outfit from the first time wearing the blazer. My vintage 501s, an amazing new shirt from ASOS, and my incredible Jil Sander flats. Super simple and comfortable in Paris. And of course the new Gucci bag!! The bamboo handle is actually taken from Gucci's vintage archives, so Vestiaire have lots of this style of bag at incredible prices. I feel like the bag ties the outfit together really nicely, sticking with vintage inspired pieced that don't look typically vintage - does that make any sense?!
I have linked loads of other gorgeous vintage blazers below, but my biggest tips are; look for the product measurements. Vintage sizing can be hard, so if the seller is sharing the sizing the label states, it might not fit as you would normally expect that size too. Lots of items have specific measurements, so make use of that. If the items are marked 'Ready To Ship' it means it has already been authenticated in Paris, so will ship straight to you a lot faster. It will take a little longer otherwise, as the seller has to send to Paris first, and then it comes to you from there. It means you know you're getting something authentic, but do bare in mind it can take a few days.