The Jacket You Need In Your Rotation, According To This Local Designer

I hate to admit it but summer is almost over. I can always tell because, like clockwork, major retailers are clearing out their summer stock and making room for fall. I also saw a Halloween ad recently (gasp) and it isn’t even Labor Day! In any event, this is also the time when there are lots of tips and tricks (no pun intended) about how to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. 

My “go-to” item is the classic black blazer! (I can hear the gasps now.) Contrary to widely held belief (including my mother’s), the black blazer is not dead. In fact, even the hottest celebs are wearing this basic. Check out the ever-trendy Kim Kardashian wearing hers on IG (on July 16th). The secret is to get this “go-to” item to fit into the occasion and the season. 

For The Office

September can be a tricky month in terms of weather, mornings can be freezing and by the afternoon it can be sweltering. Pairing your blazer with a summer dress, a pencil skirt or white jeans/pants will get you into fall with style. Adding a sandal and keeping your legs bare (if you are wearing a skirt) will keep this look season-appropriate and you won’t be accused of pushing the wintry weather. Whether you work in a corporate office or in a more laid-back setting, this look will pass any dress code.

For The Weekend

Layered over a graphic tee with your favorite pair of jeans and your blazer can go from work-to-weekend seamlessly. Not into the retro look? Layer over a classic white shirt or summer dress and you are ready for shopping with the girls or brunch on Sunday.

Date Night

I love the menswear tuxedo look. Not much to say here other than, keep those killer heels ready.  This will keep the look feminine. Not into that much skin? Drape your blazer over your shoulders with your favorite off-the-shoulder dress or blouse. I promise, you will be happy to have this wardrobe staple as the sun goes down.

For deets about this blazer, go to: Also, if you enjoyed these tips, check out 5 essentials for every professional women’s wardrobe on Robin’s blog.


Credits: Photos by Sean McNulty Photography, @seanmcphotori on IG. Models wearing robin b. designs Sets created on Polyvore.