Those who read Vogue or Elle have undoubtedly heard of the Boyfriend blazer, an edgy alternative to the regular blazer and one that can completely transform your look. This season we are seeing a return to the 80’s, and this piece epitomizes the fashion of that era. When shopping for one, make sure it hits below the butt and that the sleeves are three-quarter length. Blazers in neutral colors like gray or black can be worn with almost everything and add instant, easy sophistication. Leave the blazer unbuttoned for a laid-back feel, and contrast the neutral color of the blazer with a strong-colored shirt underneath. Try red, a color seeing a definitive rise in popularity this season. Add skinny jeans, flats and a long necklace, and you are ready to go. Another option would be to pair the blazer with a short skirt for the ultimate eighties feel. If you are not yet convinced that this piece is a fabulous wardrobe essential, but you like blazers in general, you could always try a strong-shouldered blazer. This blazer is equally as chic, and it makes the waist look smaller. When wearing a strong-shouldered blazer, stick with a t-shirt and skinny jeans, rather than a skirt, to balance the look. In these times of economic hardship, invest in clothes that you know you will wear for a long time and that you can wear many different ways. Don’t blow big bucks on something flimsy that you will only wear once a year. If you haven’t already bought a Boyfriend blazer or a strong-shouldered blazer, but are seriously considering doing so, check out stores like Express or Urban Outfitters. Access the popular British store Topshop at their website, and do not forget about the online retailer Lulu’s, which is also a good resource. Well, that is all for this week. Until then, do not be afraid to pay a visit to the past and shake up your style.