Week of requests: casual blazers

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“Casual blazers please,” writes a reader named Kay. “Something that looks good with sweats at the farmers market on Sunday morning.” I’ve been halfway looking for the same thing lately, so I was happy to oblige this query. One key to having a blazer come off casual, I think, is having it be slightly oversized, like this glen plaid number from Madewell.

A sweater blazer is another shortcut to casual blazer style, and this one comes in several good colors, though I’m partial to this grey.

The hit of orange on this one is really standout.

A quilted blazer jacket is a nifty notion, and would work well layered under a long coat.

Here’s a boucle specimen with excellent patch pockets that looks like it would be warmer than your average blazer.

A tomboyish herringbone blazer for throwing on with just about anything.

I like that this has a lovely kimono-ish drape.

This nubby Anine Bing blazer would look fantastic layered over a graphic tee.

A denim option from Nili Lotan that’s currently marked way down.

And here’s another denim blazer, this one with a much sharper cut.

I’d wear this one with all white, just as shown here.

I might have to go for Alex Mill’s corduroy blazer at some point: I love how it kind of resembles a chore jacket.

And finally, Rag & Bone’s Slade blazer has been a favorite with you all, and it’s easy to see why: it’s the perfect combination of laid-back and polished.

 

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    Eloise
    8 Jan 2021
    9:55am

    I hear you, CW as I appear to be fast morphing into said (grumpy) old man. I tell myself I can still pull off a perfectly oversized one – hard to find, I actually debated the first one a few days ago (there’s an Anthro credit burning a hole in my non-blazer pocket) but am too short for double breasted. I used to LOVE blazers and drooled over the Rag & Bone the first few times Kim posted it – now, not so much. SIGH.

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      D.Morgendorffer
      8 Jan 2021
      3:22pm

      Eloise, I think you and CW have a wonderful opportunity with blazers, if you think about it. Whenever y’all feel like being snarky and grumpy in public without social consequences, don a blazer and style yourselves as Great Uncle Elmer/Chuck, etc. to others. Later, when you venture out blazer-less and hear reports of your sardonic comments, you can say, “Eh, that cranky Great Uncle Elmer/Chuck…what can I do? I myself would NEVER say such things…”

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    patty
    8 Jan 2021
    10:00am

    My daughter was trying to describe a jacket to me the other day: Herringtonbone. haha

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    Jenny
    8 Jan 2021
    10:33am

    Wearing blazers makes me anxious. No matter how oversized the fit, I just instinctively hunch up my shoulders or tense up against the structure of the garment. I’ve tried and tried because I love the look, but I can’t get through a day wearing one. Anyone else have this idiosyncratic reaction? Otherwise, that gorgeous denim blazer would be mine.

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      Jeanne
      8 Jan 2021
      1:45pm

      Funny now that you mention it, that’s a familiar feeling. I used to wear blazers all the time when I was younger. To work. For fashion like CW mentioned. It was an easy way to look more polished. I wonder if that hunchy feeling is from my increasing age or declining bone structure/posture. I also have broad shoulders and that contributes to the tight sensation.

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        Robyn
        9 Jan 2021
        4:45am

        Or stress? I have broad shoulders too and I usually size up in blazers.

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        Jenny
        8 Jan 2021
        2:52pm

        Okay, I think we’re on to something. I also have broad shoulders, and if I get a blazer to fit my shoulders, the rest of me is just drowning (esp. bc I’m very small busted). Maybe it’s not a decline! Maybe we are carrying ourselves more proudly and openly with age, and a blazer hinders that? Fingers crossed that’s true.

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          Jeanne
          8 Jan 2021
          4:21pm

          Yes, I like that idea! I’m going to hold on to that. The 80s and 90s were the age of the oversized shoulder pads so that’s probably why it felt more comfortable then. I didn’t wear blazers much when I had young kids. I think it’s a situation of tailoring for us “broads” but then will we look like we have football shoulders? Haha.

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            Mamavalveeta03
            8 Jan 2021
            7:49pm

            Same here! I look like a linebacker if a blazer’s fit isn’t just right. And they always feel tight in the shoulders.

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          Jax
          8 Jan 2021
          4:31pm

          I’ve had the other issue — broad shoulders with a bigger bust. Blazers are not flattering on me. That’s why I’ve had more luck with the softer knit/sweater blazers, but even then there’s something a bit unnatural for me. I have to adjust into it. Also, I live in California, so sometimes, it’s hard to find a sweater blazer that isn’t too warm to wear, or else, if it’s cold enough, difficult to layer under another coat, etc.
          And I feel like I sometimes look either too broad or too prissy/oldfashioned in a blazer, because I’m short and can’t slouch successfully in one. Difficult!

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    Kate
    8 Jan 2021
    2:10pm

    Kay sounds very chic – sweats and a blazer to the farmers market speaks to me. Maybe in particular because the farmers market (aka peeping other people’s outfits/tote bags/other people in general) is really helpful to my mental health lately. Happy weekend, Kim and GOACA readers!

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      Mae
      10 Jan 2021
      11:20am

      “…to the farmers market” was a lovely image. You fab, Kay.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    8 Jan 2021
    2:12pm

    Totally cool grouping (a gaggle of blazers?), Kim! Did you see that Bird Brooklyn is closing? It’s on her Instagram page. 😢

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      Kim France
      8 Jan 2021
      2:32pm

      Just saw that, Val. My favorite Brooklyn store is closing just as I move to Brooklyn!

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    Viajera
    8 Jan 2021
    2:13pm

    I am fond of jackets and plan to keep trying to find one, once the evil virus is over. Maybe something unlined will work. These ones are lovely. I wish I could wear orange. Meanwhile, I still have my same one from, yes, the 90s. … … Did we already talk about the issue of sizing and whether you’re going to ever actually close it?

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    Lisa
    8 Jan 2021
    3:37pm

    Just ordered a drastically marked down, herringbone polartec blazer that doesn’t look like Polartec (go figure!) from Lands End. They are nicely fitting if you are petite and surprisingly good looking. Fit is everything in a blazer so if you are short this might be a place to try.

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      Ellie
      16 Jan 2021
      1:45pm

      Catching up on GOACA reading and popped in to share this same rec. Super soft and comfy. Looks much better in person than online, and has worked really well for me too–tall, high waist, broad shoulders + fairly busty. I have the grey and am seriously eyeing blue or green.

      https://www.landsend.com/products/womens-sweater-fleece-blazer-jacket/id_347654?attributes=17722,44967

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        Ellie
        16 Jan 2021
        1:46pm

        P.S. Sweater fleece is everything!

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    Jax
    8 Jan 2021
    4:19pm

    I bought this sweater blazer at Anthro earlier in fall, but have yet to really wear it. Need to remember to put it on for video meetings.
    https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/rani-sweater-blazer

    That Nili Lotan denim blazer is giving me early aughts feels — the puff sleeves remind me of Built by Wendy, Minnie Wilde, etc. Not in a bad way — oof, nostalgia! Bringing back early 2000s LES/Nolita/East Village/Williamsburg and SF Mission District big-time.

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    Mouse
    8 Jan 2021
    7:08am

    The best iteration of this is the coat/sweater-y blazer worn by Josh O’Connor as Larry Durrell on The Durrells of Corfu. Sometimes also worn by his mother. I would buy that in a heartbeat, but I suspect it’s from the depths of some costume shop……

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      Viajera
      8 Jan 2021
      2:07pm

      I googled – do you mean the white one with red piping/trim? I watched the show and enjoyed it, and completely spaced out on this item.

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        Mouse
        8 Jan 2021
        3:14pm

        No, I mean the soft woven one that looks like a man’s jacket and is sort of an oatmeal color. It looks worn-in in my favorite way…..

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          Viajera
          8 Jan 2021
          7:17pm

          Ah, I’ll have to look for it then. It was a fun watch, that show.

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    cw
    8 Jan 2021
    7:43am

    There was an article on Who What Wear this morning about how Sarah Jessica Parker wore and styled blazers in the ’80’s. https://www.whowhatwear.com/sarah-jessica-parker-80s-style I so wish I could wear a blazer, but no matter what style/size/cut I try I always end up looking like a little old man who has misplaced his walker. (sigh)

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      Viajera
      8 Jan 2021
      2:21pm

      That link. Bra tops. Cw, is it you who says “oy and egad?” We don’t have that saying out here, afaik, but I may adopt it. Anyhow, fun link. She is a lovely actor and I hope it doesn’t bother her that the internet is forever. When I see photos of myself from the 80s, it is always my hair that bothers me. At least she doesn’t have to worry about that. Her hair looks great.

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        cw
        9 Jan 2021
        8:59am

        Yes, I do say Oy and Egad, Viajera. A habit that started years and years ago. Adopt away. I find the phrase fits most situations these days! Apparently bra tops are back in style––I will NOT be wearing one––but it does illustrate that style goes out then comes back in. Let’s hope that isn’t true for ’50’s full skirts with a bazillion petticoats underneath!!

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          Viajera
          10 Jan 2021
          4:48pm

          Thanks!! I can always use a new saying. (I get in trouble around the house, incidentally, for erupting with occasional “keep hope alive!”‘s … they feel like they’re being given burdensome assignments.) I have not observed any bra tops in the wild yet but will keep a lookout.

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            Jenny
            10 Jan 2021
            4:55pm

            Bra top spotted on Khaite’s (not to be confused with Kaight) instagram page! It’s the sweater-bra-with-matching-cardigan look, popularized by Katie Holmes a few months ago. Let’s just pause and wonder about “sweater-bra.” And the mention upthread of Built by Wendy, sigh, swoon. Those were some good shopping days in the early aughts.

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              Viajera
              11 Jan 2021
              12:42pm

              Jenny – I love that you’re so au courant!!! If I spelled that right. No idea who Khaite is. Going to go intergoogle-y it asap. Wow, there really *is* nothing new … how do I feel about that? Too early in the day to know.

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                Viajera
                11 Jan 2021
                12:43pm

                I looked. Oh dear. Well now I know, anyhow. wah wah wah

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