The Hunt: Warm, Wintry Blazers

wintry blazers for work

2017 Update: We still think the wintry blazers featured here are great for work — but if you’re looking for in-stock items, you may want to check out our more recent roundup of the best winter blazers to wear to work.

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Happy Monday! As temperatures get colder, I thought I’d hunt for a few tweed, wool, and other nice winter blazers to keep you warm and add some texture to your fall outfits.  Ladies, do you have a favorite tweed blazer from years past that you can’t wait to pull out this season? Have you bought one recently that you’re psyched about?

First, I thought I’d round up some general categories:

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Summer Tweed, Winter Tweed — What’s the Difference?

summer-winter-tweedWhat are some guidelines for wearing tweed in the spring and summer?  We talk a lot about “lightweight tweed” — but what the heck is it? (For example: our most recent Suit of the Week.)  Reader C wonders…

I was wondering if you could do a post on tweed — maybe a “Guide to Tweed” or similar. I frequently see you mention “lightweight tweed” for summer, but I’m not sure I actually know what that means. Can light/bright colours bring an otherwise heavier weighted tweed into the summer months? On a more specific note, I recently bought a cropped black and white tweed jacket from BR a little while ago, and I’m wondering if I can wear this well into the summer, or if it is more of a late winter/spring piece. (I couldn’t find a picture of the exact one, but it’s similar to the jacket at this link, just cropped.) Thanks!

Interrrrrresting question, C.  We’ve talked a lot about dressing professionally for summer, including how to avoid looking like a doctor in a white blazerwearing pantyhose in the summer, and fabrics that are good for hot weather … but we’ve never really talked about what makes a summer tweed a “summer tweed.”  (On the flip side, we’ve talked about the propriety of bare legs in winter, and I agree with what I said there re: wearing winter tweed in the summer — it can be seen as a judgment call by your coworkers.)  Now is a great time to talk about it because as spring starts to turn to summer, which tweeds you wear start to matter more and more.

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The Hunt: Tweed Blazers

The Best Tweed Blazers

2017 Update: We still think the tweed blazers featured here are great for work outfits — but if you’re looking for in-stock items, you may want to check out our more recent roundup of the best winter blazers to wear to work.

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

As the weather gets colder, I thought I’d poke around for some fresh interpretations of tweed blazers. Ladies, have you bought a tweed blazer recently? Do you have one from previous years that you can’t wait to wear again?

 

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Navy tweed jacket

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Navy tweed jacketI am not one of the people who can wear this kind of boxy, cropped jacket — but if you are, take note: this navy tweed jacket is on a pretty big discount at J.Crew.  It is a classic shape, and the model looks really cute in it — I’d wear it with trousers and pencil skirts if I were her.  The jacket is on final sale — was $268, marked to $90, but it comes down to $71 with code OURTREAT (sizes 6, 8, 10, 12 only as of this AM). Navy tweed jacket

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Coffee Break – Bea Shoulder Bag

MZ Wallace Bea Womens Shoulder HandbagOoh: included in the Piperlime sale is this tweed version of the MZ Wallace shoulder bag. I’d call this bag a modern classic — I’ve seen it (and heard amazing things about it) for probably 5 years, and admired it on the subway many a time. I like the gray tweed with the leather accents, as well as the included “inner detachable market purse” — cute. It was $395, but is now marked to $236.99 at Piperlime. MZ Wallace Bea Womens Shoulder Handbag

(P.S. While you’re there check out the sales at Piperlime’s sister sites, including Athleta — lots of great deals to be had.)

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Suit of the Week: Albert Nipon

Albert Nipon Tweed SuitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

OK: let’s ignore the model, who perhaps had a Big Gulp before they started the shoot. Or something. Anyway: I like this suit. It’s just a leeetle bit different — the slight flounce to the jacket, the wide cuffs on the blazer, and the lovely texture to the tweed. It’s $395 at Neiman Marcus. Albert Nipon Tweed Suit

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