Don’t get us wrong. We love boyfriends and agree that they have the potential to be the cutest, sweetest and all around best thing ever (we won’t focus on the other side of their potentials). However, it’s rare for an entire gender to agree on the perfect boyfriend: Ryan Gosling. No. Brad Pitt! NO! Bon Jovi! NO (Libertee!) The dude from Sons of Anarchy that almost played what’s-his-face in Fifty Shades of Grey!! See: impossible… or is it?
We have a theory that there is one boyfriend that every girl will love equally, with the same level of unending adoration. He’s dependable, reliable and super flattering. His name is: Blazer, Boyfriend Blazer.
Ladies: if you don’t have this essential piece as a member of your wardrobe wildlife, we recommend you start your hunt immediately. Boyfriend blazers are the chameleons of your closet and have the potential to be dressed up or down in the flip of a shoe or the swap of a purse. A simple twist of a wardrobe element and yesterday’s Ryan Gosling in The Notebook is tomorrow’s Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (specifically that scene where he’s on the motorcycle . . . with the Ray Bans and the jeans. . . UGH!)
This is our friend Jenna – she’s rad for a million reasons and is a stylist specializing in men’s cuts at M Salon in Calgary. We thought it only fitting that she be the one to wear the Boyfriends! Jenna is a size 9/10 and represents a woman – like a real, live woman that exists. We share this with you because she’s got curves, and a well-cut Boyfriend Blazer will compliment your curves like any good boyfriend should.
We’ve kept Jenna’s hair and make-up the same to highlight just how versatile a good boyfriend blazer can be – same hair, same makeup, but completely different looks. Additionally, each of these blazers are pieces that Libertee has collected over the years – proving their timelessness.
Presenting: The Boyfriends
For any of us that have dated a drummer, this look, much like the experience of watching the one you make-out with rock-out on stage, is pretty cool. We recommend your favorite band tee-shirt, under your boyfriend blazer with a destroyed denim jean. Don’t be afraid to add a punch of colour with the purse – just make sure it’s big enough to hold a set of drumsticks (if he knows what’s good for him, those are as good as yours).
A little hard-core and capable of doing a zillion push-ups . . . this look is strong, bold and fitting for any woman on a mission. We’ve paired army-print jeans, a feminine black tank and a white blazer with a strappy neutral tone sandal and a statement clutch embellished with bold, gold, bullet-like rivets. Fitting. Fun fact – Libertee inherited this blazer as a result of Lecina actually being able to do one zillion push ups; move over, sergeant. If you have a broader based shoulder, don’t be afraid to purchase a blazer a size up, and take it to a tailor for the perfect fit!
Artsy but organized. This combination is fun, edgy and just polished enough to merit a variety of settings – like a casting call or a movie set. Grab a fun, printed pant like the floral, high wasted pair on Jenna and challenge it with a statement tee and a solid color blazer that compliments the printed pant. Pop the collar if you’re feeling bold. We recommend a strappy sandal to keep the leg looking long! Remember, if he really loves you, the casting couch is just for reading lines.
This look is perfect for the campaign trail during the day and transitions seamlessly into House-of-Cards-type-fun at night . . . or in the real world: work and after work drinks. The flowy floral skirt and a simple white tank-top fit perfectly under a grey blazer. The strappy saddle brown sandal with gold detailing gives enough pop to let this outfit stand on its own, sans blazer. . . because we don’t need the politician as much as he needs us.
The Social Media Mogul:
Think the scene in the Social Network where the dude that invented Napster is telling the dude that invented Facebook about the dude that sold Victoria’s Secret too early. This outfit is perfect for a night on the town – the eye-catching printed blazer calls all sorts of awesomeness, and only requires basic items beneath it – in this case a plan white tank and a vegan leather, a-line mini skirt complimented by a nude, caged sandal. It is our opinion that this outfits merits at least one Instagram post – with or without the mogul.
The Eternal Teenager:
We know the type: the one that still owns a skateboard and has cereal for supper. Because we just had cereal for supper last night, we’ve decided to love this boyfriend too. Saturdays in the summer are styled with this basic and classic look. Simply add a white shirt, a pair of distressed boyfriend jean shorts and a black boyfriend blazer and the piece de resistance: Chucks; we’ve set Jenna up with a messenger bag, capable of holding all of the comics (Archie of course) to finish off the look. Remember, being a kid at heart is fine, but using toilet paper as a coffee filter is not.
Go ahead. Play the field!
Also!! A very special thank you to our friend Kate Hewko for supplying all of the show-stopping jewellery for today’s looks! Be sure to check out her site and get your very own boyfriend matching bling!