How to wear a floral blazer? (Easter, and long)

I bought this floral blazer at the thrift store last weekend, thinking it would be so much fun to wear for Easter.

But I'm having a hard time styling it.  Googling "how to wear a floral blazer", and "floral blazer" gave me some ideas, which I've copied in the pics below.  Do any of these work?  How should I wear this?

(Considerations:  I'll be up and down from a stage a lot, so I need to move easily.  I'll also be sitting on the stage with my knees facing the audience, but behind a row of singers, so nearly invisible there.  Still, it make shirt skirts pretty precarious).  The room will be well lit, but there won't be spotlights on me.

#1 A bright column of color (too glaring, impractical, but sure does pop)
#2 - #3 A column of dark (navy, in this case, and I could sub slacks for the dark jeans, but actually think the dark jeans look dressier)
#4 Dark bottoms, light top.  This one is lace, and probably a bit distracting with the blazer.
#5 Mid-tone (olive) bottoms, light top.
#6 Was intended to be mid-tones, but the peacock is a bit bright - olive bottoms.
#7 light bottoms, dark top.  I feel like the white bottoms are too bright for the blazer and make it look dirty.
#8 column of white - see how the blazer is more pearly - almost gray, next to my bleached whites?
 #9 White jeans, gray sweater.  This one almost works to me - does the gray keep the blazer from looking dirty?
#10 White jeans, peacock shirt.  Or maybe separating the two whites is better?

Other options that come to mind: An olive top under the blazer.  Hot pink (but I don't have any - still, I'll probably visit the thrift store today, and maybe I'll find something?

What are your suggestions?  Feel free to tell me to ditch the blazer if I need to.  I have plenty of other clothes and can wear something else for Easter if the blazer just doesn't cut it.

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  • Tanya replied 7 years ago
    I really like all the options with the white jeans (7-10).  Cute blazer!
  • Diana replied 7 years ago
    That is a gorgeous blazer!  I am jealous (have been looking for a floral jacket for a while now... ).

    My favorite look is #1 by far!  It's amazing!  The floral is great with both the color and shape of the dress.

    I don't like it as much with the dark colors in 2 and 3.  It's great with the olive pants - I prefer #6 because I think the blue top is better w/ the blazer than the lace top.  The lace top and blazer hem are too close in length for me.

    I like the column of white also (#8).  The differences in tones doesn't bother me. 
  • amiable replied 7 years ago
    Thank you Tanya and Diana!  Diana, maybe I'll wear #1 to the Lion King tonight - I don't think the skirt would work for the amount of moving I'll be doing tomorrow.

    I'm leaning toward the white jeans - you don't think it makes the jacket look dinghy?

  • Joy replied 7 years ago
    You found a beautiful floral blazer and it looks perfect for Easter.  I like it best with the white jeans, but also like it with navy.  The olive pairing is my least favorite.  Can the lace top be tucked?  Then the hem length wouldn't be an issue.  In the photos the white jeans and jacket color look fine together.
  • Nicole D replied 7 years ago
    Great find!  I like it with the dresses and with the white jeans.
  • Jules replied 7 years ago
    Wow you have styled this beautifully. I was fully prepared not to like it, quite the opposite! I like #1 as a classic pretty look, but I think maybe that's a little less you? How do you feel in it? Then I love it with the white jeans, the last two are best because the coloured shirts make the different whites of the pants and jacket work. Are your legs a mile long, I think you wear white jeans extremely well!
  • replied 7 years ago
    I like 6 and 10 the best -- love you in white jeans!
  • amiable replied 7 years ago
    Good observation Jules - I don't feel like #1 is very "me".  It feels over-the-top to me.  It is fun though, and were I feeling more adventurous, I'd likely try it.

    Joy - the lace top would work tucked, but I'm thinking I should find a different white top.

    The white and the navy are my favorite combos too, though I was really surprised to like the soft colors  in #9.  I'm currently leaning toward wearing #9 or #10.  You've convinced me that the white jeans can work.

    Thank you!
  • lyn67 replied 7 years ago
    I love nr 1 and 9, those are most springy to my eyes, BTW great blazer!
  • Suz replied 7 years ago
    I like #9 the best - you look pretty and comfortable! I also like #1, but maybe for another occasion. What a great find for you! It's nice to experiment with pieces like this, isn't it? 
  • Ornella replied 7 years ago
    I love #9, it stands out by a mile.

    I am not keen on combinations with black - somehow the outfits seem heavy, while the blazer dictates lightweight vibe.

    #1 is pretty as well.
  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago
    #1 is OTT?  That's my favorite!  Let those singers sit in front of you, but never, never let a soprano think she can upstage you, or you'll be lost!  (hee)

    I also like #9 alot.

    BTW --- How'd Friday go?
  • celia replied 7 years ago
    #1, 7 and 9 are my favorite.
  • amiable replied 7 years ago
    Thanks you all! 

    Beth Ann - Friday went really well.  I wore slacks, and was asked at the last minute to do keyboard in addition to flute (not at the same time....).  So the versatility of pants paid off.

    This afternoon I realized that I do really like #1.  It felt so loud this morning on the really gray day.  But the skirt needs its hem mended, and is too short for my activities tomorrow anyway.  I'll wear it soon though.  #9 will be tomorrow's Easter outfit.

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago
    #1, #1, #1 by far! Stellar!
    #9 is my second favorite. Very pretty.
  • anne replied 7 years ago
    Oh I am glad you went for #9. That was my favourite (apart from #1, which I liked even better but agreed wasn't practical for the purpose)
  • Deborah replied 7 years ago
    Amy, will you forgive me if I go against the tide?  I find the cut of the jacket quite dated.  To my way of thinking its nice but not prefect.  Take my thoughts with a grain of salt though, as when it comes down to it what matters is how you feel in it and how you view it.  The colours and pattern are quite lovely on you.
  • Jjsloane replied 7 years ago
    Later here, but I like 1, 2, 7 and 9. I'm taking notes as I just got a floral blazer too and now I might even pop it on today!
  • Karie replied 7 years ago
    Be impractical! Be glaring! (Can you tell I love #1?) Oh well, if not #1, I like the options with the white jeans (7, 9, and 10).
  • amiable replied 7 years ago
    Deborah - as usual, you're absolutely correct.  On my original K/R thread, someone pointed out that it's quite dated.  I decided that I don't mind - at least not in this particular case.  I don't see it becoming a work horse, but I still love the print :)

    Happy Easter Everyone!   
  • Deborah replied 7 years ago
    Thanks for being so gracious Amy.  Understanding how you see the jacket and it's role in your wardrobe makes a difference.  
  • rachylou replied 7 years ago
    What a great jacket! 6, 9, and 10 really stood out for me.
  • Raisin replied 7 years ago
    I like it better with lighter colors, like in 1, I and 9.  I find when it's paired with bald or navy it looks a bit harsh.  Great jacket on you!

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