I’m not interning on Capitol Hill, but I’m hoping you can help me with a problem I am having.
My supervisor allows me to sit in on a lot of client meetings, but she requires that I wear a blazer. Our firm handles public relations and advertising, and a traditional suit is just too stuffy. Can you help me find some alternatives to basic blazers that cost less than $150 or less than $100?
I really appreciate the help, and love your blog. Thank you, Nyla
Your question reminded me of a post on Who What Wear that I featured a few weeks ago. Their interview outfit for someone in a creative profession was right on the money. The perfect mix of professional, cool and fashionable. And there are a number of inexpensive blazers on the market that could help you achieve a similar look.
A Moto Jacket. Check out this photo from Pinterest; I love the way the woman mixed the leather moto jacket with more traditional pieces to create a modern, edgy look. The knit jacket above is a more affordable version of the leather jacket she’s wearing.
If you like the idea of a moto jacket, check out this bright raspberry jacket or this under-$30 moto-sweater jacket from Victoria’s Secret. Petite? This mandarin collar jacket is cool. Plus size? This tweed moto jacket is really chic.
A Longline Blazer. A longline blazer is a blazer with one button and a longer cut. The cobalt blazer above is a longline with an inverted notch for an extra bit of style. If you like this look, Mango has a great longline blazer in a soft blush color and this white Madewell blazer is lovely as well.
Plus size? Vince Camuto makes the inverted notch blazer in plus sizes. Petite? Ann Taylor has a white longline blazer that’s cut for petite ladies.
A Textured Jacket. Whether you like lace or eyelet, a lightly textured jacket is a nice option for summer. This Tahari jacket has a more traditional cut (similar blazer here for under-$50), and this Pendleton collarless blazer has a slightly softer shape.
A Brightly Colored Jacket. Bringing a burst of color into your office attire is a great way to spice things up, while still keeping it professional. The bright purple jacket above is a great choice, as is this bright yellow short jacket ($50!). Plus size ladies should check out this pretty green blazer, and petite ladies will love this sleek coral jacket.