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The Comfortable Blazer

This post on The Comfortable Blazer is part of The Five Must-Have Pieces for Your Work Wardrobe series. 

No, a comfortable blazer is not an oxymoron. What’s the secret to a comfortable blazer that also flatters? Fabric with stretch so that it moves with you, a bit of structure, and the correct length.

A lot of women think blazers are too formal or the fit too constricting. I say this is because they haven’t met the right blazer. Everyone looks better in a jacket or blazer. No one feels (or looks) put together in a cardigan. You can carve that on my gravestone!

Your challenge this week? Trade in at least one old cardigan or blazer that does not serve you for one that does. Choose from our favorites below, or find your own. Shop new, shop secondhand, or steal one from your fashionable friend’s closet. Just do it!

Happy Shopping!

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Cinq à Sept

The Khloe blazer by Cinq à Sept is a current favorite! It comes in classic black, navy, and white. However, they also make it in a lot of great colors and fun fabrics.

Cinq a Sept Khloe Blazer, $395

Commando

Commando, the brand known for comfortable, seamless underwear, now makes a blazer. Wait, what??? While I’ve been recommending Commando’s luxury neoprene pants for a few seasons, I never dreamed they would come out with a raw-cut edged neoprene blazer. This wash-and-wear blazer comes in both basic and fashion colors. There are even matching pants!

Commando Women's neoprene Blazer

Commando Neoprene CEO Double Breasted Blazer, $498

Eloquii

Eloquii’s Stretch Suit Blazer can be paired with jeans or their matching Stretch Suit Pintuck Pants or Stretch Suit Pencil Skirt. Available in sizes 14 to 32, there are multiple color options.

I’m loving the elongating silhouette and multi-occasion wearability of the Eloquii Long Essential Blazer. Now this is the blazer that does everything!

Eloquii’s Stretch Suit Blazer in pink

Eloquii The Ultimate Stretch Suit Blazer, $100

Eloquii’s Women's Stretch Suit Blazer in black

Eloquii Long Essential Blazer, $140

J.Crew

J.Crew is a go-to resource for comfortable blazers. A dependable classic that can be worn with everything from jeans to trousers to skirts, the J.Crew Going Out Blazer comes in 3 colors and about a million sizes. My current favorite in the Coatigans category is the J. Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater-Blazer, which is like a professional looking wearable blanket!

J Crew: Classic Women's black blazer

J.Crew Going Out Blazer, $178 (available in sizes 00-24, as well as petite and tall)

J. Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater-Blazer,

J. Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater-Blazer, $158 (available in XXS to 3X)

L’Agence

The L’Agence Chamberlain Peak Lapel Blazer always come is basic black, navy and white. Make sure to check out their amazing seasonal colors and patterns too.

L’Agence Chamberlain Women's work blacker with Peak Lapels

L’Agence Chamberlain Peak Lapel Blazer, $675

Majestic Filatures

Majestic Filatures jackets are more appropriate for a business casual/casual environment than a formal office. The cozy luxe brand produces their super soft terry fleece for winter and a cooler, stretchy linen in summer. These jackets are the perfect replacement for that back-of-the-chair cardigan in a casual workplace.

Majestic Filatures business casual women's blazer

Majestic Fitted Linen Blazer, $270

Majestic Filatures French Terry One-Button Blazer, $270 (in White and Black)

Marie Saint Pierre

Marie Saint Pierre makes jersey double knit blazers that are in their own category. As Betsy Fisher of Betsy Fisher Online (formerly the famous DC boutique) always says, “they are an investment in your professional development”. You feel like a million dollars in an “MSP” jacket. We are obsessed with the quality and design aesthetic of the brand, as are many of our clients. The ideal minimalist power wardrobe would involve purchasing just a few pieces of Marie Saint Pierre every season. (If anyone would like help with that plan, please contact me!)

Marie Saint Pierre womens jersey double knit blazers

Marie Saint Pierre Anna Blazer, $1,130

Marie Saint Pierre makes jersey double knit blazer

Marie Saint Pierre Tommi Jacket, $1,270– Lani owns this exact jacket but is too lazy/hates taking photos too much to actually take a picture of herself wearing it!

MM.LaFleur

Other brands may be making their own versions now, but there is no arguing that MM.LaFleur coined the term “Jardigan”. We tell all women that instead of the pilled cardigan on the back of their chair at work, there should be the Jardigan silhouette that works for them. The Jardigan works with dresses, skirts, and pants, depending upon your height and the style you purchase.

MM.LaFleur makes multiple versions, so there is a Jardigan that works for most women. MM.LaFleur now also make skirts and pants in matching fabrics. If you’re looking for a more athleisure, travel friendly vibe, try the Moreland Jacket. And be sure to check out both pairs of matching pants, The Delany Jogger and the Colby Pant.

MM.LaFleur Jardigan athleisure blazer

MM. LaFleur Jolie Jardigan, $245

MM.LaFleur The Woolf Jardigan

MM.LaFleur The Woolf Jardigan, $245 (available in sizes XS to XXL)

MM.LaFleur Jardigan - travel-friendly womens blazer

MM.LaFleur Merritt Jardigan, $265

MM.LaFleur comfortable womens blazer

MM.LaFleur Moreland Jacket, $325

Nic + Zoe

Nic+Zoe manages to marry soft stretchy knits with structured silhouettes. Each season brings new colors and textures to the line up. Even better, these versatile, comfortable blazers come in petite, plus, and misses sizes. Just last week a client put on the Nic and Zoe Fringe Mix Jacket and said, “This jacket is going to be my new uniform!” It’s that good.

The Nic and Zoe Grace Blazer seemingly fits everyone, is super comfortable, and works well for business casual, athleisure, and date night.

Nic and Zoe Fringe Mix Jacket - business casual blazer

Nic and Zoe Fringe Mix Jacket, $198

Nic and Zoe Grace Blazer

Nic and Zoe Grace Blazer, $158

Norma Kamali

The Norma Kamali Single Breasted Blazer is a major favorite. Constructed with a cool laser-cut neoprene, it’s machine washable and wrinkle-resistant. Seriously! We also love that it always comes in a number of cool colors and patterns.

Norma Kamali Single Breasted Women's Blazer in purple

Norma Kamali Classic Single Breasted Jacket, $230

NYDJ

You know how much we love NYDJ pants! They took their magically flattering, structured but comfortable ponte fabric and turned it into a ponte blazer that our clients have been snapping up. Check the website for new patterns and colors. They come and go quickly!

NYDJ Classic Women's Blazer Jacket

NYDJ Classic Blazer Jacket, $139

Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone’s sweater blazers truly feel like wearable blankets. The Lexington Blazer is a favorite of our clients for its soft felted wool fabric and cool styling. The Slade Blazer is a classic jacket that also functions as outerwear. We love to see which colors arrive in store each season!

Rag and Bone’s women's sweater blazer

Rag and Bone Lexington Blazer, $550 (On sale at Rag + Bone)

Rag and Bone slade blazer

Rag and Bone Slade Ponte Blazer, $495

Spanx

Spanx carries a variety of ponte pants that can be worn with this blazer. Our favorite styles of the Perfect Pants are the Slim Straight and the Wide Leg.

Spanx The Perfect Blazer for women

Spanx The Perfect Blazer, $248

Talbots

We used to recommend Talbots only for clients with a classic style type. However, they now carry some modern, chic blazer silhouettes. Talbots’ easy travel fabric is a drapey, wrinkle resistant poly-blend that is machine washable. And their luxe fabric is a high-quality structured ponte that glides over the body. Talbot’s sweater blazers work well for a more casual workplace.

Talbots chic blazer silhouette for women

Talbots Luxe Knit Blazer, $289 (also available in petite and plus sizes)

Theory

If you are not familiar with Theory’s “Crunch” fabric, as the brand used to call it, you should be. This stretch linen is meant to be worn a bit rumpled. And boy does it stretch! We usually recommend purchasing any item in Theory’s stretch linen one size down. However, lately they’ve been going super boxy in style for their Linen Blend Blazer, so we are actually recommending going two sizes down.

The Theory Etiennette B or Etiennette Good Wool Suit Jacket is a perfect classic blazer shape from Theory. Each season Theory carries it in basic colors as well as some fun, fashion colors. Check different stores for different colors options.

theory stretch linen women's blazer

Theory Roll Cuff Linen Blend Boyfriend Blazer, $475

Theory Etiennette B Good Wool Suit Jacket

Theory Etiennette B Good Wool Suit Jacket, $345

Veronica Beard

Although expensive at first glance, The Veronica Beard Scuba Dickey Jacket is one of the best blazer values out there. The fabric is super forgiving and wears like iron. Many of our clients have one in both black and navy as their basic foundation jackets. Best of all, you can buy separate dickeys to zip in and out, making this one one of the most versatile blazers you can buy. I love that they now make it in the Miller Dickey Jacket style.

Veronica Beard Scuba Dickey Jacket is one of the best blazer values out there

Veronica Beard Scuba Dickey Jacket, $645 (Available in sizes 00 to 24)

Veronica Beard Scuba Miller Dickey Jacket - women's business wear

Veronica Beard Scuba Miller Dickey Jacket, $695 (Available in sizes 00 to 16)

What is your favorite comfortable blazer? Let everyone know in the comments!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

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(2) Comments

  1. Lori C says:

    I hate any kind of blazer or sport coat but I tried the J Crew blazer you suggested and it’s a winner!! Thank you so much for this blog it’s a wonderful resource 🙂

    1. Lani says:

      I’m so happy to hear that something worked for you! We should rename this blog, “the blazer blog for people who hate blazers”. You are not the only one!

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