It is not necessary to spend a lot on your blazer, but a good cut and fine tailoring are essential. Whilst one can dream of throwing on the finest suit from Yves Saint Laurent or Stella McCartney (designers whom I would view as the masters of suit/blazer tailoring), but even a more affordable one such as those found in Reiss, Whistles or even Zara, can be transformed into a sharp, made-to-measure number with a few small changes and the right outfit partners. A tip I have learned is that if you take a less expensive blazer to a good dressmaker and have the cuffs shortened slightly you can give it a more expensive look, as designer jackets are usually a bit shorter on the sleeve. Another of my own personal favourite tricks is to buy your own buttons in Hickeys Fabrics as replacements for the ones on the blazer; I find they make all the difference in terms of whether or not a garment appears well-made.
Here are some of my favourite ways to wear either a camel or a black blazer:
-Worn over a crisp white or pale blue shirt, a simple but striking neck-piece in silver or pale gold, dark skinny jeans and brogues.
-Worn over a delicate lace/tulle dress or a silk jumpsuit (as in the second picture), costume jewellery neckpiece OR antique gold bracelets and ring, high, suede sling-back heels. I love the juxtaposition between an ethereal-looking, pretty dress or a feminine, floral jumpsuit and the more structured shape of the blazer.
For Dressy Day-wear:
-Worn with fitted and structured top in silk or linen, and my favourite Erdem silk scarf. Any scarf in silk or a silk and wool mix, in a contrasting colour, is the perfect accessory to your blazer when delicately draped over your shoulder.
One of the greatest advantages of having a blazer in your wardrobe is that it can instantly elevate a simple dress or jeans and a shirt into a chic outfit; for any time of the day and for any occasion.