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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. Take the Five Must-Haves Challenge with Real Life Style. Join us on Zoom for suggestions on how to shop for and style these pieces Tuesday April 6th, 2021. Register for the last session of the series here.

No, a comfortable blazer is not an oxymoron. What’s the secret to a comfortable blazer? Stretch, stretch, and more stretch.

A lot of women give up on blazers because they think the look is too formal and/or the fit too constricting. You just 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 that does not serve you for a comfortable blazer. Choose from our tried and true favorites below, or find your own. Shop new, shop secondhand, or steal one from your fashionable sister’s closet. Just do it!

Happy Shopping!

Lani

P.S. Which of the below blazers do Kyle and Lani own? If you know, tell others in the comments!

Aday

Aday suiting is made with wrinkle free, machine washable, stretchy fabric. Perfect for when you have to travel for work again one day. Or when you can’t find the iron because you haven’t used it in over a year! Aday clothing aims to be technical, seasonless, and sustainable. Yes, yes, and yes, please!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Aday athleisure strategy blazer

Aday Strategy Blazer, $245

Athleta

Athleta may have started as an athletic and athleisure wear brand, but their Interstellar Blazer goes to work. This is a favorite for sporty clients who want their clothing to be functional and put-together. Working at home and trying to prioritize your workouts? Throw your Athleta Interstellar Blazer and eye-catching jewelry over your workout top, and you can transition seamlessly from making lunch for your kids to a Zoom meeting to an exercise session.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your size in either of the Athleta blazers. They continually sell out and then restock, so keep checking back! Take it from me, they are worth the effort!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Athleta athleisure interstellar black blazer

Athleta Interstellar Blazer, $198 $79.99

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Athleta Venice heathered black athleisure blazer

Athleta Venice Heathered Blazer, $198 $99.99

J.Crew

J.Crew has been a go-to resource for comfortable blazers, including sweater blazers and Coatigans, for the last few seasons. Their Sophie sweater blazer is one of our favorites. You can wear it with everything from jeans to trousers to skirts. It comes in a million colors and sizes, and feels like wearing a blanket!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, J.Crew going out open-front blazer in black

J.Crew Going Out Blazer, $168 (available in sizes 000-22, as well as petite and tall)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, J.Crew sophie open-front sweater blazer in camel

J.Crew Sophie Open Front Sweater Blazer, $148 (available in XXXS to 3X)

Majestic

Majestic jackets are more for business casual/casual than a formal office environment. Majestic produces their super cozy terry fleece for winter and a cooler, stretchy linen in summer. These jackets are the perfect switch out for an old cardigan in a very casual workplace.

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Majestic french terry black blazer

Majestic French Terry One-Button Blazer, $270

Marie Saint Pierre

Marie Saint Pierre makes knit blazers that are in their own category. As Betsy Fisher of the Betsy Fisher boutique always says, they are an investment in your professional development. You will feel like a million dollars in one of their jackets. The ideal minimalist power wardrobe would involve purchasing just a few pieces of Marie Saint Pierre every season, both in their solid colors and patterns. We are obsessed with the quality and design aesthetic of the brand, as are a few of our clients.

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Marie Saint Pierre Anna navy belted jacket

Marie Saint Pierre Anna Blazer, $1,130

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 a Jardigan that works for them. This piece 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. They now also make skirts and pants in matching fabrics. If you’re looking for more structure, MM Lafleur’s more traditional blazer styles also mean business.

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, MM.LaFleur Woolf navy jardigan

MM.LaFleur The Woolf Jardigan, $195 (available in sizes XS to +3)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, MM.LaFleur merritt jardigan in black with belt

MM.LaFleur Merritt Jardigan, $225

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.

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Nic and Zoe fringe black jacket

Nic and Zoe Fringe Mix Jacket, $198 (also available in petite and plus sizes)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Nic and Zoe knit blazer in navy blue

Nic and Zoe Knit Blazer, $148

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!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, NYDJ ponte blazer jacket in black

NYDJ Black Ponte Blacker Jacket, $139

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, NYDJ ponte blazer jacket in houndstooth

NYDJ Blazer Jacket in Jefferson Houndstooth, $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 it’s soft felted wool and cool style. The Slade Blazer is a classic jacket that also functions as outerwear. We love to see which colors arrive in store each season!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Rag and Bone black soft wool lexington blazer

Rag and Bone Lexington Blazer, $550

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Rag and Bone brown soft wool slade jacket

Rag and Bone Slade Blazer, $550

Talbots

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

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Talbots luxe ponte knit two button jacket in black

Talbots Italian Luxe Knit Two Button Blazer, $279 (also available in petite and plus sizes)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Talbots easy travel jacket in navy

Talbots Easy Travel Stand Collar Blazer, $209 (also available in petite and plus sizes)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Talbots sweater jacket in olive

Talbots Notched Collar Sweater Blazer, $149 (also available in petite and plus sizes)

Universal Standard

Universal Standard’s workwear is just as well-fitting, well-designed, and well-priced as the rest of this inclusively sized brand. I dare you to go to the Universal Standard website and not purchase anything, especially now that they have a collaboration with Erdem!

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Universal standard stretch eco rio blazer

Universal Standard Eco Rio Blazer, $248 (Available in sizes 00-40)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Universal standard megan blazer in grey

Universal Standard Megan Blazer, $215 (Available in sizes 00-40)

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Universal standard ponte miranda blazer in black

Universal Standard Miranda Ponte Blazer, $188 (Available in sizes 00-40)

Veronica Beard

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 black and one in 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.

Real Life Style Must Have Comfortable Blazer for Work or Work From Home, Veronica Beard scuba blazer

Veronica Beard Scuba Dickey Jacket, $600 (Available in sizes 00 to 24)

What is your favorite comfortable blazer? Do you know which of these styles or brands Lani and Kyle own? 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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