The absolute best purchase a woman can make is a piece that goes with everything. This is why our first “One Piece, 4 Price” feature is on the ubiquitous blazer.
The blazer has been a highly sought-after piece since the late 1800s, when it made its first appearance in Vogue. While we primarily grew up with blazers as a core element of the suit set, a blazer’s traditional utility has grown far and wide since then.
Double as a jacket on cooler days? Yes. Layered on top of a sweatshirt while traveling? Perfection. Executing a notch-up in professionalism on your Zoom 2 o’clock? Always.
Floating somewhere between formal and casual, blazers perfectly match a woman whose experience commands a room. They offer extra coverage without adding bulk and feature an always flattering V-neck line, while the oversized versions just don’t care when life – and your size – changes. A well-fitting, quality blazer will create roots in your closet and be worn for years to come.
Whether you join us in considering the blazer a perfect investment piece or are simply looking for a closet update without breaking the bank, we share with you our round-up of this season’s best plaid version at four price points.
Why we love it: Veronica Beard made a name for herself with its bestselling Dickey Jacket, which encapsulates everything the brand stands for: easy-to-wear pieces you can wear season after season. Made with 1% elastane for stretch, the Ellette jacket flatters most body shapes due to its longer, feminine tailoring and draped silhouette that is basically made for heading from the boardroom to dinner with ease. An elevated, double-breasted style, goldcrest buttons, color-blocked lapel, and piping detail at the pockets up the style factor without being trendy, allowing this piece to be a go-to for years to come.
Why we love it: For a more relaxed fit and greater style simplicity, our favorite pick in the $300 category is the Reformation Winston Blazer. The double-breasted style is fully lined and comes with functional front buttons and pockets, a nod to the quality we’d expect at this price point. From a fit standpoint, a looser cut (without being clingy or too oversized) is balanced by a ever-so-slightly boxy structure, while a longer length makes it perfect for all shapes and sizes. Made with deadstock material, this sustainable jacket is good for the environment and your wardrobe.
Why we love it: When experimenting with plaid, one of the most critical elements is the color tone. We are head over heels for this Madewell style in an incredibly versatile “Idris Glen Plaid,” - featuring gray, brown, and blue in a woven twill design of small and large checks - which looks good on most skin tones and with many base colors. The Larsen Blazer is fully lined and made from recycled Italian supersoft brushed fabric. While it wears a touch oversized, making it perfect for layering over your favorite shirt or sweater, it is still feminine in its draping and soft hemline. As women on the go, we love the two deep outside pockets and the bonus inside pocket to store your sunnies with ease.
Why we love it: The Zara Oversized plaid blazer offers a higher-end, double-breasted look, but at a fraction of the price. We love the multicolor take, with browns, purples and greens, which makes this piece stand out from the many less dynamic plaids out there. Shoulder pads and flap pockets add to the overall appearance of the jacket, while a fully lined detail is consistent with Zara’s quality to price ratio we appreciate. If you are looking for something slightly more of-the-moment, in its bolder color scape, the Zara selection is for you.
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