When I was little, I idolised the Eighties Power Blazer. It had gusto, it also represented, I now realise, a stinking discrepancy between appearances and reality. The woman might have looked the part, but she sure as hell didn't have it: the Eighties indulged no form of gender equality.
Thirty years (!) later - progress is not quick - the blazer/equality seesaw is beginning to equalise. Shoulder pads have softened, the strict boxy proportions are easier, and women now account for 23.5% of FTSE 100 board members. Goodness only knows what the percentage would've been when perms were cool; Google won't tell me, however hard I search.
Anyway, in terms of pure fashion news, blazers are back. And, they've diversified (perhaps they got the government memo?) There are soft, slouchy ones for those of us (I put myself in this camp) who have a causal approach to office wear. My favourites hail from Gap, Zara and House of Dagmar.
For something smarter and more boardroom ready, Red Valentino and Tory Burch are on the money for shape and colour. Whistles, The Kooples and Boden, present something sexier; add a lacy camisole and they'll see you through the weekend too.
Here are my top ten blazers for autumn. Grab one now and come September you'll feel sorted before you even start.