Saturday, February 20, 2010

The New Wardrobe Staple: Boyfriend Blazer

Long cardigans have been in heavy rotation with my wardrobe for several months now. I wear them over springy dresses and tights, belted over cozy tees and jeans, or slung over my tank top and yoga pants after the gym. They're starting to look a little ragged and, truth be told, I'm tired of the look. For the rest of winter and well into spring, I'll be swapping out my cardis for a new wardrobe staple - the boyfriend blazer.

What makes a jacket more than just a regular blazer, but a boyfriend blazer? The overall fit is a little longer, looser, slouchier. The idea is to look like you've borrowed your BF's clothes. That's just a theory for many Bombshells, since a lot of us are with guys whose clothes we are not going to be borrowing anytime soon. But that doesn't mean we can't fake it!

I love the boyfriend blazer because it creates a cool, modern look without sacrificing the warmth and fit that cardigans are known for. In fact, thanks to buttons and strategic seaming often not found on a cardi, a boyfriend blazer can be even more flattering on a plus size woman.

To find the right fit, make sure a blazer hits the top of your thighs, can be cinched in at the waist with buttons (or a belt), and doesn't pull or gather across the shoulders or under your armpits. As for how to wear it, I say roll the sleeves up and pop it on over anything you'd normally top with a cardigan.

Lane Bryant's Sateen Boyfriend Jacket

Avenue's Cuffed Boyfriend Blazer

Gibson Knit Boyfriend Blazer

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  1. Okay, so it's Saturday night, and I'm about to run into my closet to check my blazer situation. I'm sure this means I'll be buying a boyfriend blazer this week. ;)

  2. I've been looking at the boyfriend blazers on the market for awhile and I think I'm going to skip out. While a cute idea, too many of the "made for women" ones have shoulder pads and other unnecessary attributes that make them bulky. I'm on the hunt for a well-fitted dark blue blazer, myself - just not boyfriend style.

  3. Yeah, I'm not sure why retailers are still pushing shoulder pads. I bought a cute blazer marred by the darn things and ended up having to cut them out. Speigel carries quite a few different cuts of blazers in plus sizes, Magickal. I hope you find your perfect one!

  4. Spiegel, alas, does not go up to my size. I ended up finding a variation on clearance on OneStopPlus and Silhouettes has some nice options without those annoying features added.

  5. Thanks for the tip, Magickal. I'll have to check out OneStopPlus, too!


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