I read somewhere recently that a good blazer should be one of the cornerstone pieces in every woman's wardrobe.
My original thought? Eh. Underwhelmed.
I mean, I love a good blazer, but I chose to pass on my longtime favorite: the gorgeous navy J.Crew schoolboy blazer. Why? Well, because it was constricting. The second I had it on, I wanted to rip it right off again. And considering that the vast majority of my days include picking up an injured toddler (seriously – every. day. he scrapes or bruises something) and carrying around a bowling-ball heavy baby…no thanks.
Blazers, I decided, were not for me. And probably not for most moms while engaged in the baby/toddler boggle.
But then I found this little number, the Habit Jacket by Gentle Fawn. It's really just a little polyester blazer, but is done in a herringbone fabric with a faux-suede trim…and manages to pull together even the most thoughtless of outfits. And it's stretchy. Which means that rolling the sleeves is easy and comfortable, and that I can pick up babies, kiss booboos, and be an impromptu climbing gym while looking put-together.
I'm in love.
(wearing: Current/Elliott slouchy skinnies, woven Sperrys, Gentle Fawn Habit Jacket from Apricot Lane in Ardmore, J.Crew tank, Makr farm rucksak, Salt Hathaway sunnies from H. Rubin opticians, Stella & Dot Ever After necklace gifted from one of my BFFs and S&D stylist Becky McBride, Bloom mixed bangles.)
Want a few more options? I found a bunch of fantastic soft blazers, at every price point.
(I did, however, refrain from including the options in the $1300 range. I mean, no one cares, right?)
$168 - madewell.com
$358 - bloomingdales.com
$118 - loft.com
$70 - jcrew.com
$88 - nordstrom.com
$52 - nordstrom.com
$27 - forever21.com
$130 - bananarepublic.gap.com
A couple of notes: The styling on the Banana Republic blazer is horrible in the pic above. This blazer actually looks great on. And the LOFT wool jacket I loved. It looks much more like an actual blazer than the picture implies, and is a bit nipped in at the waist. Wait! I have a (crappy) dressing room pic somewhere….YES. Here:
Cute, no? Hmmm….LOFT seems to be offering 40% off right now….hmmmm….