Four Ways To Style A Camel Sweater-Blazer


I had mentioned, weeks ago, that I had purchased J.Crew’s Open Front Sweater Blazer.  I’m constantly on the hunt for a good knit blazer – all of the polish of a structured jacket, but with the comfort of a sweater – and I have a tendency to wear the heck out of these pieces (work, travel, school functions, date night, even school drop-offs if I want a little polish).

This particular one caught my eye because it looked vaguely like this Theory topper I bought last year,.  I mean, OK:  it’s not nearly as fabulous, but… might be better for daily use, since the Theory jacket skews a little more firmly into outerwear category, and I’d argue that this J.Crew piece is decidedly a sweater.

Anyway, you be the judge.

I had several readers ask how I’m styling this particular piece, and if you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine) you may have seen these pics before.  In any case, here are the four outfits that have been on repeat these last few weeks…..(expect lots of sneakers).


With Stripes

I love the cardigan with shorty-shorts and sneakers.  Stripes, because I always wear stripes.  (And tan and red just rock my world lately.)

Outfit Details

cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (size xxs, for reference)

tee: Saint James Breton Striped Top 

shorts: One Teaspoon Denim Shorts (similar)

shoes: Adidas Superstars

sunglasses: Tory Burch Cat-eye Sunglasses

With High-Rise Jeans and Rocker Tees

I love the proportions of a really high-rise pant and longer cardigan.  And of course, rock tees make everything better.  (These are my new fav jeans, BTW.)

Outfit Details

cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (xxs)

tee: Junk Food Band Tee (similar)

jeans: GRLFND x Revolve Jeans (size  25 for reference – I think these run a bit small.  There’s no stretch, but they will soften up with time and get realllly comfortable.  Kind of amazing.)

shoes:Adidas Superstars



Black tank, black jeans, tan sweater – this one always works.  Even with sneaks.

Outfit Details

cardigan: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (xxs)

tank: Graphic Tank (similar)

jeans: AG Jeans

sneaks: Adidas Superstars

sunnies:Tory Burch Cat-eye Sunglasses

On Date Night, With a Silky Little Top

I mean…’s kinda perfect.  Polished and comfy, and an offset to black lace and silk.  I think a giant clutch would look better here than the crossbody bag.  Next time.

Outfit Details

cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (size xxs)

tank: Free People Cami (xs)

jeans: AG Jeans (similar) (size 24 for reference)

shoes: Free People Cecile Boots


Once the weather cools, one can wear it with black turtlenecks, skinnies, and OTK boots – just like my Theory topper.  But until then, it’s a pretty great throw-on-over-everything kind of piece.

Hope this helps!




  1. I was inspired by your earlier post to order this blazer. It’s a lovely color and weight and the fit overall was good but FYI those shortened sleeves- which are kind of an odd length but look fine on you- just looked goofy my 6’ frame.

  2. I was a little unhappy when I realized how short the sleeves were (at 5’10, I’m a little paranoid about things being too short), but they’ve seriously grown on me. Plus, I sized down so everything doesn’t look so bulky and odd. Love this sweater!

  3. Love this! At first, I wasn’t that impressed with this blazer, but the more I see it, the more I think I need it! It’s totally grown on me. As per usual, you look fabulous in every outfit!!

  4. I had tried this blazer on last month and it just hung on my little shoulders. But I saw another more structured, classic sweater blazer in a beautiful claret color and it just arrived today. Winner! True to size, long enough, and stretchy enough in the arms. That’s another option for you.

  5. I’m glad others commented about the sleeve length. I’m a bit of a T-Rex and these were short even on me haha. Does anyone know if the sweater softens up a bit after wear? It’s much heavier weight than I anticipated. Very well made but feels a bit bulky right now.

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