A casual look with a camel blazer

Susan B. wears a J.Crew Regent camel blazer, mint sweater, French Kande jewelry, jeans, Clergerie Paris oxfords. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The versatile camel blazer…

Since I decided to keep this jacket, I thought I’d play around with some other styling options. I rather like this outfit!

wearing: earrings | jacket | necklace | sweater | ring | jeans | shoes (similar)

A camel blazer is one of those wardrobe perennials, and this is the best-fitting one I’ve found to date. It’s a lightweight wool flannel, so wearable for several months out of the year here.

I like that it’s not too “top half of a suit,” and combines well with more casual pieces. (See how I styled it in a more sporty casual outfit HERE.) If camel isn’t your thing, it’s also offered in black, navy and a garnet red, Classic, Petite and Tall sizes 00-24. There’s also a version in a “four-season stretch” fabric that’s offered in a lovely Dark Spruce color.

Outfit details: Susan B. wears a J.Crew jacket and cashmere sweater, French Kande jewelry. Info at une femme d'un certain age.

This French Kande layered necklace is an easy one-and-done piece. It coordinates nicely with the fleur-de-lis earrings with a gold druzy dangle. These earrings are lightweight and comfortable enough to wear all day.

Style tip 👉 Because the opening of this jacket creates a long vertical line, I think it looks best with a longer necklace. A more classic blazer style with a single or double button will often create more of a V-line, so you may find a shorter necklace works better.

A gal and her dog...Susan B. and Gigi in color-coordinated outfits! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Some of you mentioned you’d like to see more Gigi, so here you go! It was purely a happy coincidence that her accessories are color-coordinated with my outfit. 😆

A word of thanks…

Mille mercis to those of you who took the time to fill out my reader survey! Your answers were very illuminating, and provided lots of valuable feedback that will help me plan content that’s relevant to you.

I’ll share more of the survey results in coming weeks, but a couple of quick takes…

First, on the topics you’re most interested in, style-related content led the pack. Second, the overwhelming majority of you answered that you are planning to travel later this year. So look for some updated travel wardrobe posts in a few weeks.

Susan B. walks the dog in a camel blazer and jeans. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

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30 Comments

  1. January 11, 2021 / 4:26 am

    If by blazer you mean a structured long sleeved jacket in a woven fabric then yes . I only recently discovered them as an alternative to cardigans which always looked limp and messy on me . The structure of blazers suits my square shoulders whereas cardigans always looked as if they were suspended on a rigid hanger ! And one can wear them in any fabric , lined or unlined both inside and outside . I used to think of them as office-y workwear only – entirely mistaken !

  2. Lou Ann
    January 11, 2021 / 4:54 am

    Gigi is the ultimate accessory! Love her matching harness and leash. I always appreciate your posts.

  3. Lois
    January 11, 2021 / 4:59 am

    Love this outfit! Fun, stylish but easy to throw on and go. Great look especially the unpredictable color use.

  4. Kelly
    January 11, 2021 / 5:21 am

    I was never a blazer girl until the sweater blazers came on the scene and that totally changed the game! They feel so comfortable and have a bit more casual feel. My favorite is a black sweater blazer with a white tee and jeans. Look forward to your 2021 content!

  5. Anne S
    January 11, 2021 / 6:48 am

    Oh no! I missed the reader survey! Could you send me the link, please?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 11, 2021 / 6:49 am

      Hi Anne, I’m sorry, the survey is closed now, but I’ll probably do another one in the Spring.

  6. Denise Thibaudeau
    January 11, 2021 / 7:30 am

    Wow, those shoes pop this outfit and make you look very current IMHO!
    Love it! Thank you.

  7. Julia
    January 11, 2021 / 7:47 am

    Love the blazer.
    On a pup note,if Gigi pulls on the lead you may want to try a harness.
    I’ve always had terriers and recognize the determination in Gigi.
    She is a darling dog.

  8. Eve
    January 11, 2021 / 8:32 am

    I raised little Cairn terriers for a few years. It is so hard to let them go to sell them that I just got out of the business. GiGi reminds me of mine. Let us know if she has Cairn in DNA. I’m betting she does.
    I love this look but I’m not sure about blazers. Maybe I’ll try a softer sweater blazer though. I don’t like anything structured or fitted.

  9. January 11, 2021 / 8:39 am

    I love this outfit and those shoes!

  10. Sue
    January 11, 2021 / 8:40 am

    I love the blazer, and your accompanying choices are terrific. This is an inspirational style post for me — classic, versatile, elegant.

  11. stephanie ashworth
    January 11, 2021 / 8:53 am

    Looking super put together as always!

  12. January 11, 2021 / 9:06 am

    Love this outfit. It gets an A+ from me. So funny that you coordinated so well with Gigi.
    I could wear this outfit in a heartbeat if it wasn’t that camel doesn’t suit me. But such blazer outfits?? I am game.
    Greetje

  13. Cindylou
    January 11, 2021 / 9:08 am

    You look great in these colors, love the shoes. I find cardigans much more comfortable than blazers. I like a blazer in a knit fabric that stretches and moves with you, I have two but but I haven’t worn them since the pandemic started.

  14. Lyn
    January 11, 2021 / 9:23 am

    I love the detail around the collar when you pop it up. That’s where “style” comes in — something I lack. I have the pieces, but not the flair.

  15. Wren
    January 11, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Yes, my favorite blazer is in vicuna, a richer tone of camel. It’s probably 20 years old and I actually wore out the lining and had it replaced since the shell was still looking good. In the fall, I ordered the J Crew camel in anticipation of this one finally wearing out but didn’t really like the length. However, I may now get the one in ochre red since I recently realized something rather profound and distressing.
    After reading your fellow blogger, Cindy H and her experience of going gray, I decided a week ago that I’m ready. My hairdresser cut my blonde pixie really short and thinks I’ll be almost total in a couple of months. Now I have discovered that many of my favorite colors (camel, ivory) won’t be compatible with my gray hair. More distressing is that gold jewelry won’t either! So what does one do? Changing out clothes is a lot easier than replacing fine jewelry.
    Has anyone had this experience or have some guidance? Any thoughts much appreciated since I’m kind of lost after a lifetime of knowing what worked for me.

    • January 11, 2021 / 11:44 am

      As far as gray and gold, interior decorators frequently show gray cabinets and brass/gold toned hardware. Maybe that could translate for you!

      • Wren
        January 11, 2021 / 11:49 am

        Thank you, Sheryl Anne. The research is on-going but I appreciate your observation!

    • MJ
      January 11, 2021 / 1:09 pm

      I went gray – really mostly white – some years ago and am a “light spring” in coloring, meaning that, like Susan, ivory is far better on me than white, and gold jewelry is far better than silver. That all still holds true now that my hair is white instead of brown. I do need to pay attention to not looking washed out, but that’s usually easily solved with lipstick. Your skin doesn’t change color just because your hair does, so the same colors that flattered before will still work.

  16. Meg
    January 11, 2021 / 9:54 am

    Great look. You always look put together and your smile is the finishing touch on every outfit!

  17. Kay
    January 11, 2021 / 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the Gigi!

  18. Janet D.
    January 11, 2021 / 3:42 pm

    Great look! I was never a huge blazer fan — like most women I always had one or two in the closet & would haul them out now & again but didn’t work them into every day wear. But I’m starting to like them more & more. I prefer a loose, unstructured fit & wear them as you do this one: collar up, sleeves turned back, very casual. The fitted, severe “banker” suit blazer isn’t for me, which is probably why I avoided them for so long. I find them a great substitute for cardigans, which just don’t suit me at all (as with Rukshana, above, they hang limply on me & make me feel — & look — frumpy). I have a couple of leather blazers that are tailored but the leather itself as well as the cut & styling — lots of zippers, lapels, asymmetrical details — raise them above the “banker” look.

    As for the grey hair conundrum, I’m still working it out. Most of the colours that worked when I was blonde still work now I’m salt & pepper — I’m a winter & look best in strong primaries — but there are some changes. I’m wearing more grey, charcoal through silver, to great effect. I’ve never worn gold jewelry & my silver still works, thank goodness, because I have tons of it! What isn’t working are some of the mustards/khakis/yellows I used to be able to wear that are now muddy, & the peacock/turquoise that used to be striking with my blonde hair still flatters my skin tones but has lost some of it’s wow factor. A clear, bright red looks even better on me than it used to and I’ve discovered I can now wear some shades of pink, a colour I have a love/hate relationship with. I think it’s just a matter of being open-minded & trying everything, even those colours you never used to be able to go near, until you find what works best.

  19. Brenda
    January 11, 2021 / 3:53 pm

    Love this blazer and outfit.

    Re: plans for travel – I really, really hope that Americans will take the health advisories seriously and not travel until they can do so without:

    a) risk of transmitting the virus (still not clear if even vaccinations prevent us from transmitting)
    b) putting excessive strain on other places’/countries’ healthcare systems

    In Canada, we would dearly love to reopen our borders with the US. However, that is not possible until all Americans (and of course Canadians) take the rules seriously and work together to help end this pandemic. I just wish that people would realize that the longer we don’t strictly follow the health measures that the experts know make a difference, the longer the pandemic will last and the more people that will die needlessly.

    Ok – sorry – rant over – we too want to travel, but it will not be possible to do so safely until we get this pandemic under control through strictly following public health measures until a majority of eligible people in every country are vaccinated.

  20. Kari
    January 11, 2021 / 6:44 pm

    I like that you look happy in what you’re wearing.

  21. Carol
    January 11, 2021 / 7:30 pm

    I wear blazers regularly with casual outfits (slacks and jeans) because I like them and I believe that they give me a polished look. Don’t get me wrong, I like cardigans, but they have to be the right length, weight and properly flow with the rest of my outfit. If I wear a dress, I may pair it with a cropped cardigan, but it depends on the dress. With skirts, I alternate between cardigans (sometimes cropped, sometimes not), blazers or other types of jackets. I strive for balanced proportions.

  22. Wren
    January 12, 2021 / 11:41 am

    Thank you to MJ and Janet for comments about your grey hair experiences.
    I apologize to Susan since I didn’t mean to divert off of her question about wearing blazers. My go to blazer is the one I mentioned and I hope it will continue to flatter once I’m grey. At the time I responded to Susan, I was trying to wrap my head around the fact that my colors and jewelry might no longer work. I was/am feeling a bit afraid of what I am undertaking and all the ramifications but maybe I shouldn’t have shared when Susan’s question wasn’t about hair color.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 12, 2021 / 5:01 pm

      Hi Wren, no need to apologize! It’s all a part of the style discussion. I’d just add that MJ is correct…our hair may change color but our skin stays (mostly) the same. Your season or palette shouldn’t change, but your “best” colors within that palette may shift.

      • Wren
        January 12, 2021 / 5:06 pm

        Thanks, Susan, after your color consultation in London, I trust that you know what you’re talking about!

  23. Jan Whichard
    January 14, 2021 / 9:10 pm

    I wear blazers and jeans all the time. Love the style. What color J Crew sweater is that? Love it! We will be traveling internationally on May 1st…finally…and a knit blazer in camel will go with me.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 15, 2021 / 5:23 am

      Hi Jan, I bought this sweater last year, think it’s the Neon Heather Mint color.

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