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:
- Under $150: Talbots, Boden, Loft, Halogen, Halogen
- Hall of Famers: Ralph Lauren,
- Plus sizes: Mynt 1972 (0X-4X), Two by Vince Camuto (1X-3X), Ralph Lauren (14W-22W), Talbots (X-3X and XP-3XP)
- Cusp sizes: Ann Taylor (18), Ann Taylor, Boden (18), Ralph Lauren (16), Lafayette 148 New York (18), J.Crew (16), Loft (18), St. John (16)
- Petite sizes: Ann Taylor, Boden, Brooks Brothers, Halogen, Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Loft
- Very small sizes: J.Crew (000), Rebecca Taylor (0), Theory (00)
- Lucky sizes on sale: Vince (2, 6), Carven (40), Theory (00), Theory (10, 12)
- Maternity: Destination Maternity, Rebecca Taylor (see our Maternity Basics page on CorporetteMoms if you’re building a maternity wardrobe)
|This dark blue tweed blazer starts our list at $109 (for more under $150, see our bullet pointed roundup above). I like the classic shape, the vented back, and the general speckled goodness. It’s $109 at Loft (full price), available in regular, petite, and tall sizes 0-18. Tweed Blazer|
|Hello — I love the blue herringbone color and shrunken fit to this tweed blazer from Boden, but I’m also a fan of the blue check print and the gray herringbone. I’m also a fan of a sale, which this little guy is on: the blazer was $228, but is now as low as $136 depending on the color. It’s available in petite and regular sizes, 2-18. British Tweed Blazer|
|Fringe on tweed blazers: yea or nay? I’ve seen the detail go sideways (conceptually speaking) more times than I’ve seen it right, but I like the small fringe here on this sedate blazer from Ann Taylor. (A great black blazer to keep in your office all winter, btw.) I like that it’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18, and it’s $179 full price. Tweed Fringe Jacket|
|OK: neither of the two Brooks Brothers blazers that I’m about to link to are tweed, but they’re both full of wintry goodness — and of course I love the little bitty cobalt detail on this schoolboy blazer. Oooh: I also Love that there’s an inside pocket and pretty lace details in the lining. This one is $248, and available in sizes 0-14. Also amazing: this purple lambswool herringbone blazer for $498 in regular and petites — it’s the color I wish the Ralph Lauren blazers were this season. (I’m still calling them Hall of Famers because they’ve been around for years, though, so if you happen to like that super bright purple, I doubt you’ll regret the blazer purchase itself). The pictured blazer: Wool Two-Button Jacket|
|This navy tweed jacket is by far one of the most classic ones in the roundup, and I like that, despite the (also classic) boxy cut. Four pockets! Fringe! Contrast trim! Lovely. It’s $525 on Amazon, available in sizes 0-12. (I tend to think of RT as being on the smaller side of the sizing spectrum, so I included this blazer in our bullet point for “very small sizes” at top, for women who are too small for regular sizes but not petite.) Rebecca Taylor Women’s Stretch Rio Tweed Jacket|
|I feel like dark green has a trendy moment going on, and this St. John knit tweed blazer gets everything about it right, including the leather accents. Love the fitted shape, the slightly different tone to the green on the lapel, and, well, everything about it. It’s (gulp) $1595 at Nordstrom, sizes 0-16. St. John Collection|
Leather Trim Knit Moto Jacket
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