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 temperatures start to climb, that blazer starts to look less and less attractive — constricting! hot! layers! oh my! And of course, if you CAN get away with it at your workplace or job, you ditch the blazer for a sleeved sheath dress, only keep it in your office as a topper for air conditioning, or find other professional things to wear. But for those of you who want to wear blazers in hotter temperatures (at conferences, cocktail parties, and other networking events that may be indoors or outdoors), I thought we’d round up some summer blazers in linen, cotton, and other lightweight fabrics — we looked at lightweight blazers last year, but it’s time for an update. (Update: check out three work outfit ideas for summer blazers.)
- Hall of Famers (bestsellers, classics, favorites): Joie, J.Crew, Olivia Moon, Caslon, Vince Camuto
- Under $100: Halogen, Limited, Talbots, Anne Klein, Olivia Moon, Caslon, Loft, H&M, Old Navy
- Tall: J.Crew, Limited, Loft, Loft, Ann Taylor, Old Navy
- Petite: Classiques Entier, Limited, J.Crew, Caslon, Talbots, Talbots, Loft, Lands’ End
- Plus*: Caslon, Talbots, Talbots, Classiques Entier, Michael Michael Kors, Eileen Fisher
- Cusp sizes: Limited (XXL), Nic + Zoe (XL/16), Banana Republic (16), Ann Taylor (XXL)
First, some of the Hall of Famers we mention above — these are the best selling styles that have been around for years and years:
|A cardigan cut like a blazer can be a great option if you want a comfortable, flexible option. Also, the shorter length here would be great paired with dresses. I like that this one also apparently blocks UV rays. It’s available in five colors, sizes XS-XL, for $39. UV Cut Cardigan Jacket|
|I’m always a fan of a light blue blazer — they get so much wear (as a lot of readers agreed in our last post on blue suits). This linen one from Limited looks nice — it’s $130 full price, but is $65 today — and it’s available in petite and tall sizes, as well as regular sizes XS-XXL. Lightweight Linen Blazer|
|I am surprised by how much I like this (mostly) cotton jacket, because I think I decided in elementary school that the scalloped look wasn’t for me. But: scallops are a big trend right now, and I actually really like the look on the blazer. It doesn’t hurt that this taupey color is a great topper for an otherwise all-black summer outfit. It’s $168 full price, available in sizes 2-12. Collarless Scallop Blazer|
|Hello, sale! This summer blazer is actually part of a linen suit over at Hobbs. I love the navy, as well as the shrunken fit. The blazer was $375 but is now marked to $210. Indie Jacket|
|Another light blue one! This one is worthy of discussion because not only does it come in plus sizes as well as regular and petite sizes, but it’s cotton pique. It’s harder to find women’s workwear in pique, but in my experience it tends to wrinkle less and and be a little more… breezy, if that makes sense. The blazer is $268-$289 at Nordstrom. Classiques Entier® ‘Prima’ Piqué One-Button Blazer|
|Aaah, this collarless linen blazer from Theory is perfect — lightweight, clean, modern. I always like three-quarter sleeves, also. The blazer comes in black, white, and beige for $355 from Nordstrom. Theory ‘Lindrayia’ Linen Blend Blazer|
Ladies, which are your favorite summer blazers? How do you wear them?
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