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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 women’s work blazer that flatters? Fabric with stretch so that it moves with you, but also structure so that it skims the body in the right places. And the correct length.

Many 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 and feels more put together in a jacket or blazer. No one feels (or looks) their best in a cardigan. You can carve that on my gravestone!

What is your challenge this week? Trade in at least one old cardigan or blazer that doesn’t 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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Lani in one of her favorite pieces, the Marie Saint Pierre Tommi Jacket.

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 many great colors and fun fabrics.

Cinq à Sept Khloe Blazer, $395

Commando

Commando, known for comfortable, seamless underwear, also makes fabulous clothing. While we’ve been recommending Commando’s clothing for a few seasons, I don’t feel enough people are purchasing their amazing neoprene blazers. This wash-and-wear blazer comes in both basic and fashion colors. There are even matching pants!

Commando Neoprene CEO Double Breasted Blazer, $498 (Also available in faux leather!)

Commando Neoprene CEO Blazer, $348

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.

Eloquii The Ultimate Stretch Suit Blazer, $100, available in sizes 14 to 32.

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. This great blazer tends to sell out, but they restock often, so be sure you sign up to get notified if they’re currently out of your size! My favorite in the Coatigans category is the J. Crew Juliette Collarless Sweater-Blazer, a professional-looking wearable blanket!

J.Crew Going Out Blazer, $198 (available in sizes 00-24, as well as petite and tall)

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

L’Agence

L’Agence makes this amazing Lacey Knit Blazer that features the comfort of a knit cardigan with the structure of a blazer. It also comes in 3 shades of ivory if you need a nice, light summer blazer option.

L’Agence Lacey Knit Blazer, $425

Majestic Filatures

Majestic Filatures jackets are more appropriate for a business casual/casual environment than a formal office. The cozy luxe brand produces its super soft terry fleece for winter and cooler, stretchy linen in summer. These jackets perfectly replace that back-of-the-chair cardigan in a casual workplace or pull together a tee shirt and jeans look instantly.

Majestic Fitted Linen Blazer, $270

Majestic Filatures French Terry One-Button Blazer, $270

Marie Saint Pierre

Marie Saint Pierre makes jersey double-knit blazers that are so well made, and so flattering, they are truly 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.

I (Lani) am lucky enough to own multiple Marie Saint Pierre blazers. These clothes are made to last a lifetime. Trust me, you won’t regret the investment.

Marie Saint Pierre Anna Blazer, $1,220

Marie Saint Pierre Tommi Jacket, $1,290

MM.LaFleur

Other brands may be making their 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. The Jennimai Jardigan has the perfect structured silhouette for a work blazer and the Jolie Jardigan is a shorter jacket style that comes in this fun new navy/ivory color! If you’re looking for a blazer with an athleisure, travel-friendly vibe, try the Moreland Jacket.

The Jennimai Jardigan, $355

The Jolie Jardigan, $265

The Moreland Jacket, $335

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. Our favorite reaction? 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.

Nic and Zoe Fringe Mix Jacket, $198

Norma Kamali

The Norma Kamali Classic Single Breasted Blazer is a major favorite. Constructed with a cool laser-cut neoprene, it’s machine washable and wrinkle-resistant. Seriously! They also have the Norma Kamali Classic Double Breasted Jacket which comes in several different colors and pinstripe patterns.

Norma Kamali Classic Single Breasted Jacket, $230

Norma Kamali Classic Double Breasted Jacket, $265

Quince

If you’re a consumer of our blogs, you’ll know that we truly love Quince. Their direct to consumer approach allows for a great product at an affordable price and their blazers are no exception. Our top choices from them are the Ultra-Stretch Ponte Double Breasted Blazer and the Scuba Single Breasted Convertible Blazer. Both are made of structured yet flexible, comfortable fabric and you can’t beat the price point!

Quince Ultra-Stretch Ponte Double Breasted Blazer, $69.90

Quince Scuba Single Breasted Convertible Blazer, $89.90

Rag and Bone

Rag & Bone’s Slade Blazer is one of our go to options for a comfortable blazer. It has all the elements of a classic blazer but with a nice edgy high neck feature. It comes in two colors in the Slade Wool Blazer, we love the army green color! And comes in classic black, camel, and navy colors in their Ponte Blazer version of the jacket.

Rag and Bone Slade Ponte Blazer, $495

Rab & Bone Slade Wool Blazer, $550

Spanx

We love Spanx clothing for work because, as the Spanx brand promises, their clothing is both flattering and comfortable. They have a few different blazer styles but we prefer the Perfect Asymmetrical Blazer and the Perfect Oversized Blazer. Spanx carries a variety of ponte pants that can be worn with these blazers. Our favorite styles of the Perfect Pants are the Slim Straight and the Wide Leg.

Spanx Perfect Asymmetrical Blazer, $228

Spanx Perfect Oversized Blazer, $168

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. Their Easy Travel Collarless Blazer comes in petite, plus and plus petite sizes. And their luxe fabric is a high-quality structured fabric that glides over the body. Their Luxe Italian Knit Blazer also comes in petite and plus sizes!

Talbots Easy Travel Collarless Blazer, $229

Talbots Luxe Italian Knit Blazer, $289

Veronica Beard

Although expensive at first glance, The Veronica Beard Scuba Dickey Jacket is among the best blazer values. 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 of the most versatile blazers you can buy. I love that they now also make it in the Miller Dickey Jacket style.

Veronica Beard Scuba Miller Dickey Jacket, $695 (Available in sizes 00 to 24)

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 nationwide. 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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