Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
When I was a junior associate at a large firm, I had a few outfits in my closet that I kept on reserve for particularly busy weeks. The idea was to have something that was professional-looking in case I was called into a last-minute meeting, but soft and cozy enough that I would be slightly less crabby when I was still at my desk at 10:00 p.m. I haven’t had a 300-billable-hour month in quite some time, but I’m still drawn to a comfy-looking blazer for days when I want to look put-together but really don’t feel like changing out of my pajamas.
This blazer looks like it would be just right. I would wear it with a ponte dress for maximum comfort. It’s $98 at Nordstrom and available in petite sizes XXS–L, regular sizes XS–XXL, and plus sizes 1X–3X. The petite and regular sizes are available in five colors, while the plus sizes are only available in black and white. Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer
2020 Update: We’re adding this popular, affordable, COMFORTABLE blazer to our Workwear Hall of Fame — it’s been around for a long time, keeps coming out in new colors and sizes, and is almost always on our monthly list of most-bought items.
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Workwear sales of note for 1.26.21…
- Nordstrom – Designer clearance up to 60%
- Zappos – 34,000 sale items (for women!)! Try this link for some of the reader-favorite brands on sale.
- J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off clearance; up to 50% off everything else
- Ann Taylor – 50% off select full-price styles
- Bergdorf Goodman – 30% off select beauty
- Brooks Brothers – Up to 70% off, plus an additional 15% off (We stand by our post on what to buy at Brooks Brothers!)
- Talbots – Red Hanger Sale: Extra 60% off markdowns: sweaters, outerwear & boots (reader favorites include this cashmere sweater and this cardigan)
- Banana Republic Factory – Up to 60% off everything
- Net-a-Porter – Up to 20% off extra off sale
- Universal Standard – Season Finale sale, 50-85% off 300+ styles
- Lands’ End – 50% off your order
- Eloquii – 50% off select styles; up to 50% off sale