Corey Style: Transitional Tartan Blazer

Nov 12th
Tartan blazer

Back in September, I posted a transitional outfit for the end of summer into the slightly cooler weather of fall. Now I have taken that very same outfit and added some key peices to make it transition into the even cooler weather of late fall. Depending on where you live, this could take you all the way through the winter (you lucky southern belles!)

I don’t know about you guys, but I am ALL ABOUT THE BLAZERS! I have lot of blazers and my favorites are my statement pieces. I have a floral and two tartan blazers. Both of my plaid blazers are thrifted and I LOVE them! They are wool so they are warm and they add so much style and pizzazz to an outfit. You won’t blend in in a plaid tartan blazer!

It seems to me that tartan is all over the fashion world every fall. It’s so darn classic.

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tartan fashion

Photo Sources: Scoop Empire,, Free Vintage Knitting, Pinterest, SolaDunn

SEE?!? Skirts, pants, blouses, blazers, vests, gowns, capes, and dresses.  TARTAN IS EVERYWHERE! And its not just for the grungy punks or the Scottish Highlanders either.

So now that I have proven the awesomeness of tartan and plaid in modern fashion, let me show you how I made it work as a transitional piece in bringing this outfit from summer into the cold fall months.

The original outfit consisted of my little black skater skirt, a light-weight black and white dalmatian dot blouse, and my DIY-ed polkadot chucks. I also wore a vintage scarf in my hair and and some sweet little earrings.


To make this outfit work for much colder weather I stuck to the basics and added some other key pieces. I added black tights, some fab faux suede booties, and of course the tartan blazer.

Tartan blazer

I really like the mix of the dalmatian dots and the tartan. It all works together because the dots are such a small scale and only black and white so the tartan can really stand out. Mixing patterns can be easy when you remember that scale is key (small and large or small, medium and large) and not to clash colors too much.

Tartan blazer

With regards to accessories, I added one of my favorite brooches a little Rembrandt painted portrait, a small scale crystal statement necklace, and the earrings I DIY-ed for my Breakfast at Tiffany’s Halloween costume.  (My goal is to get that DIY tutorial up for the earrings soon.)

Tartan blazer

Tartan blazer


 Outfit Details:

Earrings ………. DIYed – blue tassels (tutorial)

Brooch ………. thrifted – white and blue painted Rembrandt portrait pin (I tried to find something like it on Etsy, or Ebay, but no luck.)

Necklace ………. The Loft – and greys small-scale statement necklace (old, but like this one)

Shirt ………. Caslon – white with black dots, lightweight cotton button down (old, but very much like this one from OASAP) I wore a nude cami underneath for warmth

Blazer ………. vintage Saks Fifth Avenue – red tartan blazer with brass buttons and patch pockets (like this one from Etsy)

Skirt ………. Caslon – black skater skirt (old, but like this one from ASOS)

Tights ………. just plain opaque black tights.

Shoes ……….  Zigi La –  charcoal grey faux suade booties with bows (old, but a bit like these from Gianni Binia Tynee)



How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?

What you think about the tartan fashion?

Are you going to go on the hunt for a tartan blazer for your own closet?

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