I’ve long believed that the right jacket can have almost magical properties, by making even the simplest ensemble look pulled-together, helping to keep the Business in Business Casual, and sometimes taking center stage as the focal point of an outfit. In the past few years I’ve struggled with more structured jackets (once a mainstay of my wardrobe) which now can often feel too boxy, stodgy and/or mannish.
A couple years ago I stumbled across an Eileen Fisher ponte knit jacket (shown above) which seemed to bring together the best of elements: the structure of a jacket but with the modern ease of a knit. Since then I’ve been on the lookout for knit jackets (especially in colors other than black). While still not an easy find, I have seen more this season and hope it’s a trend that’s on the upswing.
|Eileen Fisher Merino Diagonal Jacquard|
Even though this jacket is predominantly black, the fabric has an interesting weave with a bit of brown which reads as “texture” and softens up the effect of the black. There’s both structure and stretch here, and it’s a flattering cut with versatile simplicity.
|C by Bloomingdales Cashmere One Button Blazer|
The “blazer” above is actually a cashmere sweater, so very cozy and comfortable. I picked up one in grey a few weeks ago during one of those Bloomingdales “Friends and Family” sales, and anticipate it will get a LOT of wear during the cooler months. (I’m wearing here.) Though not particularly fitted in back, it does have a nice nipped-in look from the front, especially when buttoned. If you prefer a closer fit, you could try a size smaller. It’s available in several neutral colors and a bright red.
|Banana Republic Knit Plaid Jacket|
I haven’t actually seen this jacket in person, but have had good luck in the past with some BR jackets. I like the styling and subtle print. It’s rated well on the website and moderately priced (watch for sales).
|Ann Taylor Marled Wool Jacket|
Ann Taylor often serves up some nice alternatives to the traditional blazer, and this jacket brings a bit more feminine styling and on-trend piping detail. Again, watch for sales.
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Are you a fan of knit jackets? Any good finds lately?
On another topic…
Thinking of my friends and co-workers in NYC, where some areas will be recovering from Hurricane Sandy for some time, I went with OPI’s “Big Apple Red” this week.
If you’d like to make a donation to help with Hurricane Sandy relief, here are a few links.
And finally, do go check out Visible Monday fun at Patti’s fabulous blog, Not Dead Yet Style.
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