Ask the Edit: Comfortable Jackets for Work

Jan 30, 2024

Whether you’re headed into the office or working from home, sometimes you need a comfortable blazer. Something that can work a 14-hour day without feeling like a strait jacket.  Something that has the relaxed feel of a cardigan, but looks like a blazer.

Please share more comfortable jackets. I’m a manager of a large, young campaign staff and I need jackets to project authority.  However, the long nights and door-knocking make a tailored blazer a bad choice.  Please keep them coming.

A jacket is a great tool for, as you say, projecting authority.  I always feel more like a “real” attorney when I wear one.  And when I was young, female and working in politics, they acted like a kind of armor.  So I understand still wearing a blazer or structured topper even when it’s not retired.  Let’s try to make it more comfortable.

I purchased this shorter Boden knit jacket two months ago, and I loved it.  But I was so tired when I order it that I thought the jacket was black and red, but it was navy and red.  Not a colorway that flows seamlessly through my black-grounded wardrobe.  So when I spotted this longer, navy and black piped knit jacket, I was sold.  Put it in the cart.

If also in the office, this Wolff Jardigan from MM LaFleur will get so much wear.  I absolutely adore the light femininity of the ivory colorway.  So many colors, and always a classic.

I love the popped collar on this Marine Layer jacket.  The stronger shape gives it a great structure.  With black trousers and a black blouse or worn over a black sheath dress, it’s a great option for work.  But, break out a cool t-shirt and a relaxed jean, and it’s ready for work from home or casual Friday.

Another fantastic option is this BR Factory jacket.  The green is great, but it comes in a handful of colors. It also comes in petite.  Such a great look.

Looking for affordable choices?  H&M has this relaxed option that wears a bit more like a cardigan.  They also have this style in a black and white stripe.

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  1. Mary says:

    I recently purchased a red Iro tweed jacket on the Real Real for a fraction of the original cost. The tweed fabric has a decent bit of weight (for a cold office), but is much less restricive than a traditional suiting jacket. The red reads a bit more of a fashion forward, but in a more neutral color would definitely read appropriately conservative for many roles. Lots of options on TRR for this type of thing!

  2. Barbara says:

    I have the BR Factory cardigan in green and I get so many compliments when I wear it! And it’s soft and cozy.

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