The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis
“Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & twice as BEAUTIFUL as you’d ever imagined.” ~A.A. Milne
Make Doing Without, Do!
If a situation caused you to lose most of your worldly possessions what would you do? How would you cope? More importantly, how would you recover?
About 20 some years ago I was in such a predicament. Due to the seriousness of the situation, I immediately went into survival mode. I had three small children who were wholly dependent on me to get us through. When cornered I’ve always relied on 3 key things:
- My resourcefulness
- My ability to not only adapt to but thrive in just about any given situation
- My belief that there is always a way
During this particular situation, I had to look at the big picture, project out into the future and ask myself if I could honestly continue on the current path. Once I had the answer to this question the planning began and then the most critical piece was the execution. My plans may not have been perfect but as problems beyond my control arose I adjusted it accordingly.
When you’re in a difficult place, it sometimes seems like there is no way out. You can be so overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that you want to give up. This was the place where I eventually landed after getting me and my boys out of our difficulty. I managed to keep a few personal possessions but everything else (including some precious mementos) was gone.
Losing Everything Changes Everything
Things take on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost just about everything you worked so hard for. Some of the smallest, then, become the most important. A navy suit, my grandma gave me in the mid 80’s was one of the items I was able to keep and I still have it to this day. While it no longer fits, I treasure it as a small reminder of my grandma who bought it for my first real job interview.
One of the other items was a black blazer given to me at the women’s shelter. Anyone who has lots of resources can make themselves look like a “million bucks” but it takes creativity and a smidge of attitude to pull it off with very little.
Versatility is the thing I like most about the black blazer. Following are some of my favorite ways to wear it:
- Wear it with black slacks, white button-down shirt, black pumps (I love wearing red pumps with this outfit) and subdued jewelry for a classic business look.
- Wear it with blue jeans, white T-shirt, boots, a long necklace and scarf for a dressy/casual look.
- Wear it with just about any dress, roll up the sleeves, add bracelets, necklace, earrings, and pumps for a chic look.
Your options when pairing a black blazer with anything are limitless. I wear mine buttoned, unbuttoned, sleeves up, sleeves down or any combination. I like to wear it with different colored tank tops (which can average anywhere between $5.00 on up), button-down shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, slacks, leggings, skirts, and dresses.
Provided you have a well-fitting black blazer there is almost no way you can go wrong.
Have a wonderful day!