Wednesday’s Workwear Report: Merino Sweater Jacket

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

Merino Sweater JacketI always like a good sweater blazer or jardigan, and this one from Talbots looks really promising. It comes in a ton of colors in all four size ranges (regular, petite, women’s, and women’s petites) and is handwashable. If you’re on the shorter side, reviewers note that the sleeves and jacket run long, so you might want to try this one in petite.  It’s marked down today to $111-$126.  Merino Sweater Jacket

(Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots, as well as our roundup of the best jardigans for work!)

Psst: Nordstrom is having Triple Points days from September 19 to September 23! It’s a great time to stock up on basics like these hose, these pants, this dress, this comfortable pump under $100, these flats, or this line of awesome bags for work.

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The Hunt for Jardigans: Jacket/Cardigans for Everyone

best jardigans for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work 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.

I don’t know if the phrase “jardigan” was around before MM.LaFleur’s best-selling jacket/cardigan hybrid, but I do feel like they have not only made the phrase more common but in many ways set the bar for what to expect from a jacket/cardigan hybrid in terms of comfort, quality, and style. (At top, the two MM.LF jardigans: the shorter Sant Ambroeus, and the longer Woolf jardigan, both $195 and available in sizes XS–3X. Here’s our last discussion on the Sant Ambroeus.) Still, $195 is a lot to pay even for MM.LF’s beloved jardigan, so I constantly see readers searching for dupes or sharing notes on what was similar. So let’s go on a hunt today for jardigans, ladies, aka sweater blazers, knit blazers, and more… Which are your favorites? Where did you get your favorite jardigans for work, and how do you wear them?

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