Jordan Porter—leading style expert, editor of eLUXE and former Market Editor at FASHION Magazine—traverses many a fashion universes. And when it comes to trends and that trickiest of questions, “how to wear it?” we thought it best to let her lead by example. In her new weekly column for TLL, Jordan delves into the wear, why and how of today’s leading trends.
What’s the biggest (and best) difference between working as an editor at a fashion magazine and an e-tailer? Well for one, not having to HUFF and PUFF and STUFF my love handles into skinnier-than-thou runway samples just to see how they look on me… and if I want to buy ‘em (obvi). At the eLUXE office, when the Fedex truck rolls up with the latest Smythe delivery, it’s a little bit like Christmas morning—all the fashion kids tearing open their orders and slipping their new pressies on faster than I can say “Gimme That!” OK, I know, I’m a bit of a Smythe addict, but the benefit to you? Well, for one, I’m a walking en-smythe-lopedia, and when it comes to fit, I’m an open book (pun, totally intended). And if you don’t find the answers you seek, just hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
THE SHAWL COLLAR
The one-button shawl blazer gives the classic tuxedo style a modern twist. It’s meant to be worn open—I wear mine over a great Equipment blouse, floral dress or a simple tee—and goes effortlessly from work to play. The cut fits like a glove, but with a low-placed single button, opt for a size up if you have any worries of the dreaded pulling effect at your “girls”.
Smythe Shawl Collar Blazer, $525
THE SHARP SHOULDER
A softer cut, despite the strong shoulder, this style has a longer lapel that angles in towards the waist, drawing your eye towards your smallest point (yay!) and giving great shape. I wear mine buttoned-up—it’s hangs beautifully this way—and give a casual roll-up to my sleeves for off-duty hours. Stay true to size on this one.
Sharp Shoulder One-Button Blazer, $550
Overlay lace detailing gives this cutaway-fit blazer subtle, feminine flare. A touch of contrasting pocket detail and a single button placed at the true waist draws the eye upwards and in, creating the perfect silhouette—Smythe’s claim to fame. I’d recommend one size up on this smaller-fitting style.
Cutaway Lace Blazer, $695
THE FLAT LAPEL
No need to be poppin’ your collar because Smythe has done it for you—and it would be a shame to hide such an adorable colour-block detail anyways! With a boyish, collegiate-style structured fit and a mid-waist single button, this is another blazer that begs to be worn open. Fits true to size but if you want it extra-fitted you can try a size down. P.S. It looks amazing with a pair of white skinnies.
Flat Lapel Blazer, $595
THE HALF SLEEVE
This pin dot blazer features an elbow-length sleeve and a dressy, menswear-inspired collar. Playful polka dots make it perfect for day or night and the wider bodice is ideal for a larger chest. I like to wear this jacket unbuttoned, and can sport it all spring and summer long. It fits true to size if not a tiny bit big—for girls like me (read: no shoulders or knockers!) I’d size down.
Pin-Dot Blazer, $595
THE BOX CUT
Made famous by Coco Chanel, modernized by Smythe! A shrunken sleeve and chunky hardware takes this boxy vintage classic into 2013. Cut straight and at the waist, this neutral, houndstooth blazer looks best slung open, whether you’re pairing it with a blouse and pencil skirt or destroyed denim. The fit is generous so I recommend going down a size—who doesn’t love that?!
Houndstooth Boucle Blazer, $695