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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

The Divas guide to blazering through RNC

Saturday marked the 100-day countdown for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and officials are working really hard to nail down plans for security, transportation, construction and, oh yeah, that SWELTERING, SUFFOCATING August heat.

I'll leave logistics to the electeds and the Secret Service. But Divas, we need to talk about those feels-like-it's-100-degrees-out-here-why-God-why temperatures. It's important. You see, RNC is synonymous with blazertime, and I am both attending the event (working journalist, y'all) and obsessed with blazers.

I'm definitely not the only one.



That's Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain at the 2008 RNC in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Remember? Yes? Good, I was worried.

Democrats also love blazers, of course, but they're not coming to Tampa.


We, THE PEOPLE, must fight for our right to fight heat-related illnesses. We must secure lightweight options to counter the threat of our oppressor, Mother Nature. And unlike some burned by extravagant spending on campaign clothes, haircuts and jewelry, we won't be embarrassed by the receipts of our transactions.


Seersucker, you're the obvious choice. Light, airy and playful, you're the fabric we welcome when it's hot as Hades.


And you look really pretty here in blue stripes on top of a pink pant at Banana Republic. For $130, though, I'd definitely have to wait to buy you until a Wednesday, when I can get 40 percent off one full-priced item.

Linen blend, you were second in my head, I swear it.


Forever 21 offers you for $19.80. Reviews are mixed, but you might just be worth the plunge anyway. Back-up blazer?

Ye jackets of three-quarter and shorter sleeves, thank goodness for you. You're fun, bright and downright patriotic in some variations.


Especially this buttonless number from Zappos, $69.99.


Forever 21, $29.80. We know it's going to be hot, and that we're about to sound like your mom, but you should wear a PC shirt under this for RNC.


I salute you, bright green blazer. What you lack in form you make up for in eye-popping color. I'm concerned by one thing on your record, though, which is that you are 100 percent rayon and thus not suitable for dealing with sweat. You did realize we're neck-deep in the War Against Sweat that week, didn't you? Charlotte Russe, $36.


I might want you most of all. You're structured but not too serious with your neon hue. (Good find, The Happy Shopaholic blog.) ASOS, $95.67.

Who, I mean, what blazers are we going with this year? Did I miss any worthy candidates or key blazer advice?

Deal Diva Katie

Photos: Associated Press, via Masslive, Redux, via The Daily Beast; Getty, via Zimbio; Banana Republic, Zappos, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, ASOS)

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 12:02pm]


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