October 19, 2016

Soft Sweatshirt-Blazers (At All Price Points)

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James Perse Double Breasted Blazer (size 0)

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might recognize this jacket.  It’s a sweatshirt, but with blazer-like styling and tailoring, brought to us by the geniuses over at James Perse.  This thing has been to Europe with me, makes a frequent appearance at school drop-off, goes out on dates, and transitions seamlessly to the office (my friend Laura sent me a recent work pic – she’s wearing hers with a silk shirt and tuxedo-inspired trousers – AMAZING).

The one downside is the price.  It’s expensive – even during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it was still around $250.  Now, I’ve worn this blazer enough that the cost-per-wear is working out in my favor (even at it’s full price of $365), so if you are really keen to grab one for yourself, here’s a link.   The other option is that James Perse has also come out with a single-breasted sweatshirt blazer that’s a little less expensive (and all sizes are in-stock).

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But I keep getting questions about similar styles at a lower price point.  Last month, Laura rounded up a bunch of great options, but she ended up going into Bomber jacket territory, simply because there weren’t enough knit blazers on the market.  However, in the last month a few solid contenders have popped up, and after trying on a bunch…I’ve realized the secret:  keep ’em shrunken.

Knit blazers that fit nice and snug are so much more flattering than the boxy alternatives.  Sweatshirt blazers just don’t drape as  well as classic wool, so you can’t completely rely on good fabric to get you through.  Tailoring and a snug fit – especially through the shoulders – makes a BIG difference (you’ll see in the pics below).  The good news is that unlike a traditional blazer, this tighter, hipster fit never restricts movement because, hello, knit.

So.  Keep reading to see my fav knit blazers on the market right now.

TOP PICK:  LOFT’s Double Breasted Knit Blazer

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LOFT Pebbled Knit Jacket (size XXSP)

I love how my James Perse is double-breasted – almost like a peacoat.  This LOFT Pebbled knit jacket is similar, but LOFT.com pics don’t do this jacket justice.  I also appreciate that this blazer comes in petite sizes – I needed the XXS Petite to get the fit right.  (Last I checked, this jacket was marked down to 40% off the sale price.)

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I look like my mother here.  She does this weird thing with her arms whenever she tries on jackets and, apparently, I do too.

 

TOP PICK:  Olivia Moon’s Knit Blazer

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Olivia Moon Knit Blazer (XSP)

Another total win was this knit blazer by Olivia Moon (currently 25% off at Nordstrom).  This blazer comes in a zillion colors, and, happily for me, petites.  Again, go for a smaller, shrunken fit.

Yup.  There it is. Again. Thanks, Mom.

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HONORABLE MENTION:  LOFT’S Knit Blazers

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LOFT Knit Blazer (XS)

These were almost a top pick.  My only issue?  They’re just a bit too big for me.  If LOFT comes out with petite sizes (and I really hope they do), or even an XXS, I’ll be allllll over these.  But for those of you who roll your eyes at all of my XXS nonsense (vanity sizing is making me sound ridiculous)…..give these a shot.  But again, keep the sizing snug.  It might be worth ordering your normal size and one smaller.

Right now the knit blazers are available in both gray and – my personal fav – navy pinstripe.  So flipping cool.

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LOFT Knit Pinstripe Blazer (XS)

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HONORABLE MENTION:  Lilly Pulitzer Knit Blazer

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Lilly Pulitzer Mindy Shawl Collar Cardigan (size XS)

Well looky here.  Cute, right?  I love the fit, and I even didn’t mind the preppy brass button.  My only issue is that this one looked more like a robe, less like a blazer.  I suspect it’s just a little too long (the tailoring is really key – you need these to be tailored like a really well-fitting blazer), and it’s too loose through the shoulders.  Anyway, for a taller gal, it’s probably a solid choice. (I’m a whopping  5’2″ for reference.)

Also, crazy eyes.  Obviously I had something very important to say. 

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The One That Isn’t Actually A Knit

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James Jeans Ponte Blazer With Faux-Leather Lapels (size petite)

This blazer is labeled as ponte, which is often forgiving and stretchy like a sweatshirt knit…only smoother.  I guess I was hoping it would be feel more like a sweatshirt when worn, rather than a blazer.  It does not.  While this blazer does have give, it is decidedly a BLAZER.  But verrry comfortable for a blazer, so I still included it here.

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The One That Isn’t Actually A Blazer

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Banana Republic Relaxed Loop Knit Sweater (XS)

I’m not sure what I was thinking.  Just trying to be creative, I suppose.  There is nothing blazer-like about this furry cardigan.  I was hoping that despite it’s Decidedly Non-Blazer Appearance, one could still wear it as I do my James Perse blazer:  with everything, to everywhere.

I mean….you could.  Hmmmm….

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It is fabulous.  If you are looking for something all glamorous and dramatic yet still dead EASY, this is a sure bet.  Even if it isn’t a blazer.

 

Shop The Post

All of the blazers were worn with these AG jeans, size 25 (more sizes at Revolve, Shopbop or Anthro),  this Monrow tee (xs) and this lipstick.

Has anyone else found a great sweatshirt blazer?  Let us know!

xo,

S

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19 Comments
  • Kirsten
    October 20, 2016

    Thanks for the modeling efforts! You look adorable per usual! I ordered the loft pea coat and the grey knit blazer but they are huge. I am not small, 5’9″. But I see the grey one is a little puckered at your shoulder also so maybe that’s just how they are. I agree the snug fit looks great, so off exchanging I go!

  • Meghan
    October 20, 2016

    What specific shade of lipstick are you wearing?

  • Jessica
    October 20, 2016

    Been looking forward to this post! I bought the LOFT notch blazer in black knit – in a petite 4 (I’m 5’3″ and not as tiny as you are!) and it fit perfectly!

  • Emmaly Knecht
    October 20, 2016

    Blazers are great, they work with both casual and professional attire. I love the knit ones in the beginning, not only do those look super cute but also comfy!!

    http://www.ebatotes.com

  • stacia0719
    October 20, 2016

    the blazer from Loft is 60% off today online.

  • Mary
    October 20, 2016

    The timing on this article is perfect. I was looking at this Tart Collections terry blazer for my office wardrobe. Does anyone have any experience with it? Is it any good? I’ve never heard of the line before.
    https://www.amazon.com/Tart-Collections-Womens-Essential-Blazer/dp/B008R4XU26

    • Kirsten
      October 20, 2016

      I have a few tart items. The quality is nice and the knits usually hold up well.

  • Kristen
    October 20, 2016

    Not technically a blazer, and limited sizes, but still knit and James Perse! The knit twill parka is on sale at TJ Maxx for $75. http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/jump/product/Knit-Twill-Parka/1000137191?colorId=NS1272926&pos=1:1&Ntt=knit%20twill I have it and love it for when I want a less structured casual look. I also have both knit blazers from Loft above and agree they run about a size big but once I worked that out I love them both! Love that they are lined but the lining is still stretchy giving them a very finished look but still super comfy.

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2016

      Wait, stop the press. I did not know that you could order online from TJ Maxx until right now! Thank you!

  • Cathy Costa
    October 20, 2016

    Got the Loft pebbled one for $32 today – thanks for a great tip!

  • Jen Atkin
    October 20, 2016

    check out Boden — they have a few great shrunken blazers

    • Becca
      October 21, 2016

      Yes, I just bought a Boden ponte blazer in the longer length and it is wonderful!

  • Shannon
    October 20, 2016

    The BR Factory on Chestnut often has some

  • Sarah
    October 20, 2016

    I just got this one from fair indigo- it is organic and fair trade and I am very pleased with the cut. The fit is nice and snug as you say. http://www.fairindigo.com/fair-indigo-organic-fair-trade-knit-blazer.html

  • chris
    October 21, 2016

    Two great options that are not “knit” (ie sweatshirtish) material blazers but are suuuuuuuper stretchy: the bailey44 hooded blazer (nordies had it on promo during anni sale) is crazy flattering and completely stretchy – very chic/slick while being casual with the hood (which is removable) and the cut is just perfection. Bailey44 also has a cute 3/4 sleeve knit blazer which I believe nordies carries. Also right now evereve has a payton jenson black stretch blazer with removeable grey hoodie “dickey” (think the poor mans veronica beard jacket). It is not quite as fabulous as the bailey44 but still plenty comfy and flattering.

  • Holly
    October 21, 2016

    I have a boden ponte blazer, a little more expensive than loft’s but the quality is much better.

  • April
    October 24, 2016

    So glad to know I’m on trend! Found an awesome James Perse sweatshirt blazer at TJ Maxx a year ago and don’t know what I’d do without it. Never going back to tailored and lined blazers, now they feel like I’m in a straitjacket. And I’m with you on Loft sizing!

    • Jessica
      March 30, 2017

      I bet I have the same one you have! When I found it at TJ Maxx, I thought it was a bit spendy – around $50, I think – until I saw what it would retail at! I’m wearing it right now.

  • kiera
    October 28, 2016

    Just need to say thank you! I ordered the Loft pinstripe when you mentioned it was a tad big on you and I saw the great price available that day. It arrived and I LOVE it. May not take it off all winter.
    (In case others are considering this one, I’m 5’6″ with an athletic build and broad shoulders. I got the 8 and it’s perfect.)

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