Wednesday’s Workwear Report: New Lightweight Sweater Blazer

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We recently did a Hunt on jardigans, and I think this was new-ish when we rounded those up (although J.Crew Factory has had a very similar option for $50). If you’re looking for a longer sweater blazer in a merino wool and cotton blend (this is also part polyester), this is $138 and comes in several nice colors (black, navy, heather gray, and heather khaki). It’s available in sizes XS–XL, and you can find it at both Nordstrom and J.Crew. J.Crew New Lightweight Sweater Blazer

Two plus-size options are from Vikki Vi and Persona by Marina Rinaldi, both at Nordstrom.

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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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Workwear Hall of Fame: The Sant Ambroeus Jardigan

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Readers have always loved the MM.LaFleur jardigan (and if you read some of the comments you’ll see how some are styling it — taking out the shoulder pads, etc.). If you’re not a fan of blazers and you like an easy, knit cardigan that’s a little more pulled together, do consider the jardigan (as in jacket/cardigan), because it’s getting rave reviews. It comes in black, driftwood, ecru, and galaxy blue in sizes XS-XL, and it’s $195 at MM.LaFleur. The Sant Ambroeus Jardigan

2018 Update: We’re adding this jardigan to our Workwear Hall of Fame because it is SO beloved by readers, along with this longer jardigan, also by MM.LF). It’s available exclusively through MM.LaFleur (try their Bento box if you’re new to the company!) but you may also want to check out our 2018 roundup of jardigan dupes.

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The Corporette Guide to Stylish Cardigans for the Office

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2018 Update: We still stand by this guide to stylish cardigans for the office — but you may also want to check out our recent roundup of jardigans!

We shared our first Corporette Guide to Cardigans way back in 2010, so we figured it was time for an update — and the timing is just right for those of you who freeze in your air-conditioned offices during the summer, or are shopping for easy layering pieces for the fall.  We’ve talked about how how to button cardigans for work in the past, as well as how to buy seasonless cardigans.

Ladies — which is your favorite KIND of cardigan to wear to the office? Do you have a favorite brand or style that you keep buying, or have stocked up on recently?  What are your biggest struggles with finding stylish cardigans for work, or styling them to look appropriate for work? 

 

stylish cardigans for office1. Banded. These cardigans have some banding at the bottom and (usually) on the sleeves, which makes their shape a bit blousy or boxy. They can come with a matching shell for a twinset look, or be worn by themselves with, for example, a button-front shirt or blouse, or a nice tank or tee (such as the cardi pictured, Saxxon Wool Cardigan, available at Brooks Brothers in nine colors for $148). Because these kinds of cardis have their own shape, they’re less than ideal for wearing with dresses, and, for our $.02, best with pants. Ideally you want full-length sleeves so that you can easily wrap it around your neck if you need to — that said, three-quarter length sleeves are very popular, such as this Halogen cardigan (20+ colors, regular, petites, and plus sizes, for $27-$56). If the twinset is very boxy (think a more Jackie O cut), then they can be worn over your shoulders, almost like a cape. Other examples: reader favorite Supima Cardigan at Lands’ End ($19-$89, a zillion colors and prints, regular, petite, and plus sizes), reader favorite Charming Cardigan at Talbots, $19-$99, this merino cardigan in 12 colors for $39 at Uniqlo, or this J.Crew cashmere cardigan (16 colors!, sizes XXS-XXL; pictured at very top). One of my budget favorites has always been August Silk — look for them at spots like TJ Maxx, but Amazon also carries them, as does Macy’s.

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cashmere Blazer – Shawl Collar with Pockets

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Aqua Cashmere Blazer - Shawl Collar with PocketsI love a shrunken sweater blazer like this — perfect to wear with jeans (as styled) as well as with dresses, trousers, and more.  It’s just a bit more structured than a cardigan, and just a bit more comfortable than a blazer.  This cashmere blazer is marked to $165 (down from $220) at Bloomingdale’s, with free shipping.  Aqua Cashmere Blazer – Shawl Collar with Pockets

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Silk Cotton Interlock Shaped Jacket

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Eileen Fisher Silk Cotton Interlock Shaped Jacket I think this could be a great basic cardigan/jacket for the office. It’s silk jersey, so you know it’s soft, the color will wear well, and it’ll hold it’s shape — and I really like the long slope of the collar, as well as the two buttons. I’d buy a size down and wear it with another color beneath it — something contrasting (like a purple tee beneath the green) could be fun, but something complementary (such as a navy sheath dress) could also be nice. Either way, it’s a great deal: the sweater was $258, and is now marked to $90 at Neiman Marcus (available in leaf, bark, or hibiscus in regular and petites). Eileen Fisher Silk Cotton Interlock Shaped Jacket

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