By Huma Rashid
Last week, I put together an outfit that included a cute boyfriend blazer from Lauren Conrad’s Kohl’s line. The post was put up on TheWorkingWardrobe’s Facebook fan page, and one of you lovely readers left this comment about blazers:
So today, I’ll be linking you guys to a ton of blazers in petite, regular, and plus sizes. This post is very image-heavy, and to make things easier, I included the available sizes in the description of the particular blazer, as well as the price. Click each image to purchase.
I like the color of this one. It’d go especially well with black or navy. And I like the rounded corners. You can buy this at J.Jill, which often has great deals on regular and plus sized clothing, but you kind of have to look because some of their stuff is ‘eh.’
This one comes to us from Silhouettes, which sells plus sized clothing. I like this one because it’s long. It’s a great illustration for how to add length without adding bulk. Plus, it’s got that great contrast lining, and would look just fine with navy dress pants or boot cut jeans in a nice, dark wash.
This is a blazer from ShapeFX, and according to them, it’s ‘strategically seamed‘ to create a slimming, lengthened look. It’s grey and long, so I like the color, and the fact that it creates length without adding bulk. See? It’s totally possible to do that! If I was putting together a Modern Muslimah outfit (which I occasionally do on my blog, for fellow Muslim women who dress more conservatively in longer pieces that cover up the arms, legs, and sweater puppies), I’d totally include this blazer. The problem with dressing conservatively sometimes is that, in trying to cover up, you add bulk. You wear baggy things that are bulky and create lumps and hide your figure, sure, but I want to show that it’s very possible to cover up and do it in a way that doesn’t make you look like you’re two sizes larger than what you really are.
This one is from Torrid. Apparently they do sizes differently there? Because that’s the only way I can explain the 0-4 sizing. This is a fun white blazer with short sleeves. I threw it in mainly for variety; it’s very possible to wear a short-sleeved blazer and not lose that extra bit of fanciness that comes with wearing a blazer. It depends on what you pair with it, sure, but don’t be afraid of short-sleeved blazer.
If you’re wearing this, though, be afraid of wine. And gravy. And cranberry juice. And coffee. (I have this one law student friend who’s relatively famous for always spilling coffee on himself when he’s wearing a white dress shirt. Hah!)
This is another one from Torrid. I have a blazer kind of like it, in that it’s pink with a printed plaid pattern. This one is cropped and has short sleeves. I don’t know, I found it interesting. I’d wear it with a deep mulberry long top or camisole underneath, maybe with khaki-colored pants or trousers and a dark brown shoe and matching handbag. Or a pale, creamy colored handbag. I don’t know! It’s too much pressure! Gack!
This isn’t really a blazer, but it kind of counts, right? R-right? It’s from J.Jill, and what I like about it is the interesting texture and color, but also the spread, rounded lapels and the way it cinches in at the waist and then the way it falls out, away from the body, to create a flattering shape. Translation: For you ridiculously petite girls that often struggle to create curves, this blazer/jacket’s totally got your back.
This one is from Jones New York, and boy, do those people know their blazers and their coats. It’s a flattering two-button with interesting detailing at the lapel, and it’s a wardrobe basic.
This is from Old Navy’s Plus Sized section, where a lot of my friends report having good luck when it comes to finding things. It’s a simple two-button, basic, classic, and available in those four sizes. There is a khaki-colored blazer available for $19.99 in size 4X, if that’s of interest to anyone.
This is another one from Old Navy, and you can get it in this oatmeal color, black, and grey. It’s a classic one-button; not much more to say about it than that. Old Navy is really good when it comes to creating basic pieces for the average person’s mix-and-match wardrobe. (I mainly stick to tank tops, tees, and flip flops if I’m shopping there. Sometimes cardigans, but not really. I get my cardigans from Victoria’s Secret. Seriously; check ‘em out. I highly recommend it.)
Another cute blazer from New York & Co., only this one has cap sleeves! It’s a great summer twist on a blazer at a great, great price. Dress it up with nice pants, a ruffled or ruched top, and a pair of heels, and you’re good to go.
This one is from Target. It’s a classic one button blazer, and every career girl should have something like this in her wardrobe. You can mix and match it with black trousers, grey trousers, skirts, or jeans. That’s when you get the most mileage out of your wardrobe: when you have several well-made, durable, well-cut pieces that you can mix and match. That way you don’t have to chuck things out and update your wardrobe all the time. If one piece gets kind of worn or icky looking, toss it and just replace it. You’ll save yourself time, money, and a headache.
For all these fancy pants blazers, I wanted to include at least one fun, slouchy blazer. I like this one from Delia’s because it also channels the military look that’s been popular for a while. I might wear this with a pair of grey jeans and a green top, with green flats in a different shade, and accessorize with creamy/yellow earrings.
Ugh. Gorgeous. I love the metallic lattice pattern on this blazer, which is also available in winter white. It’s just interesting and fancy! So much fun.
This is a twill boyfriend blazer, also available in a pretty brown. I love the contrast lining; I’m always attracted to things like that.
Whoa! I probably wouldn’t have the guts to wear this, but a lot of you like printed blazers, so you might like this. I do love the contrast lining (I know, shocker), and the shorter-than-usual sleeves. Certainly an interesting piece.
Classy, yes? I love it. It’s long, it’s lean, it creates great lines and shape, and I love the ecru color. And look at those lapels. Love it. Love it all. This one is definitely for a fancier occasion, not a bumming-around-the-office day.
Here’s one from Kohl’s, another boyfriend blazer. This one was not designed by Lauren Conrad. Just so we’re clear. (Again, contrast lining! Yay!)
This is a sleek, satiny boyfriend blazer from Newport News. The satin part interests me, I have to admit. I wonder how it would look on a great pair of jeans. Too slinky for the office? Does it require dress pants, even of the non-satin variety? Hm. I’d have to see it to properly decide.
A blazer with studded sleeves?! Oh, yeah, I went there. Isn’t this one fun and punky? It’s still office-appropriate, though, so if you’re thinking that all the others I’ve shown you thus far are too dowdy and Nancy-Reagan-y (ugh!), this might be the one for you.
This velvet blazer is on sale at J.Crew, one of my favorite stores, and is also available in Tall, and in a pretty pink color called ‘dark blossom.’ It’s a velvet blazer, you guys! Sure, it screams ‘Equestrian Centre,’ with Centre spelled the pretentious British way (is it bad if I admit that I still write ‘theatre,’ even though I don’t mean to be pretentious, I’m just stubborn?), but who cares?
This charming grey blazer is from YOOX. It’s hard to find things there just because even their sale items are pretty pricey, but I like this blazer. Sure, it’s only available in two sizes, but whatever. I made no guarantees. You guys knew what this was.
Here’s another one for those of you that like printed blazers. It’s very…pink, isn’t it?
Another classic one-button blazer from Old Navy.
Ugh, I found the most adorable one (studded striped cream colored blazer) from Free People, but it was sold out. I’m still sad about that. Anyway, moving on…
Ahahaha! Isn’t this adorable?! It’s available in spring green and pink peony, in the above sizes. I wish it was available in the blue; it looks absolutely adorable. It’s like you’re ready for an afternoon on the yacht off the coast of Southern California.
Like you’re the kind of person that won’t drink champagne unless it has a cherry and little bits of melon (scooped out with a melon baller, duh) in it.
Here’s the deal. This blazer is available in something like ten different colors, with different options for Misses, Petites, Tall, and Women’s sizes. So this is the one blazer in this bunch that is bound to fit ALL of you lovely readers: the petite ones, the tall and lanky ones, the regular sized ones, and the plus sized professionals. You’re welcome.
And that rounds out my list of 25 blazers in varying sizes, all for under $50. Thank you so much to Elizabeth for being the inspiration behind this post.
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Also, shameless plug here, I’m doing a 20-post series on my blog called “5 Ways to Dress 10lbs. Slimmer.” I am currently on my first of the five ways, and I put up a different size/look each day. I cover regular sizes, petite looks, plus size versions, and more covered-up looks for my Modern Muslimah sub-series. So click HERE to visit my blog and check out the 5 ways that you can dress 10lbs slimmer! All posts are clearly marked with that title in the subject, so you can’t miss ‘em.
See you next week!