On My Style Radar: Sweater Jackets for Spring

Spring sweater jackets for women. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If there’s one thing that’s non-negotiable for me, it’s comfort. I like to look neat and put-together, but can’t tolerate clothing that’s stiff or feels constraining. So I’m happy to see that sweater jackets are still a “thing.” More polished than a standard cardigan, but more relaxed than a tailored blazer, they hit that sweet spot between ease and structure.

Spring Sweater Jackets for Women

Just a note, I’m using “sweater jacket” here to cover a pretty broad range of styles. Retailers seem to use “cardigan,” “sweater jacket” and “knit jacket” interchangeably. Some are softer, others more structured. Some are more fitted, others are oversized. If not too bulky, they can be a travel-friendly alternative to a standard jacket.

Maje boucle knit sweater jacket. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

That Ch@nel jacket look at a fraction of the price. Summers, I think this color is for you.

Chico's fringe collared cardigan. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Similar tweedy vibe in a longer style, and a budget-friendly price. This is available to Misses size 20, and Petites to size 18P.

Nic & Zoe linen knit blazer. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I haven’t seen this knit blazer in person yet, but the color might work for some Springs or Autumns. In Plus and Misses, and Petites.

Anthropologie Blaise sweater jacket in navy. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Not your standard navy blazer. This navy sweater jacket has a swing shape and bell sleeves for a fun retro vibe.

J.Crew Sophie sweater jacket in Bohemian rose. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This sweater jacket style from J.Crew has been going strong for several seasons now. It’s an easy throw-on-and-go piece. They’ve added a couple of new colors, this pretty Rose pink, and a pastel seafoam blue.

Joan Vass zip sweater jacket with pearl-like trim. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s an ivory sweater jacket with a sporty silhouette, but the pearlescent trim dresses it up enough to go out in the evening.

Caslon cotton knit jacket in tan. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

This budget-friendly, easy cotton knit blazer is offered in four colors. Misses / Plus.

1901 leopard print cotton blend sweater blazer. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And I had to show you this one, because…leopard print. 😉🐆 This sweater jacket is a cotton or cotton blend, also offered in navy polka dot and bright coral colors. Misses and Petite sizes.

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16 Comments

  1. Nancy Smith
    February 17, 2020 / 6:38 am

    J.Crew Factory also has very pretty sweater jackets, including an animal print. I have been very pleased with the quality of their products.

  2. Claire Dugoni
    February 17, 2020 / 8:13 am

    Hi Susan,
    I’m fairly new to your site and am so inspired by your point of view. You break fashion down and make it relevant to the mature woman’s lifestyle. I’ve realized that I’ve got a closet of clothing in either black or the colors I thought I looked good in 30 years ago. Recently I’ve stopped coloring my hair which has confused things even more. I’ve tried to do the online color analysis but can’t seem to figure out what season I am. Can you Or your readers make any suggestions for a way for ordinary gals who don’t live in a big city to figure their colors out? Thank you.

  3. Nancy
    February 17, 2020 / 9:45 am

    How do you feel about the knit poncho, particularly for travel ? How does one wear it ? Are skinny/ slim bottoms the way to go ? It seems like a nice alternative for all but the hottest of days. Please advise.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      February 17, 2020 / 10:37 am

      Hi Nancy, it really depends on where you’re going and what your activities will be. I am planning on bringing a lightweight, sheer-ish knit poncho to Puerto Vallarta next month. I like the Eileen Fisher stretch crepe pants for even warm weather. Link HERE.

  4. February 17, 2020 / 10:58 am

    Fabulous choices. Thank you for highlighting so many great ones.

  5. Liz
    February 17, 2020 / 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for this posting. I love wearing sweater jackets too and am always on the lookout for new versions. I’m grateful that you post budget-friendly options, also a variety of lengths. Your blog always inspires me, not to mention making my shopping easier!

  6. Lagatta de Montréal
    February 17, 2020 / 4:13 pm

    For me (really Winter) Forest in the J Crew one. I’d admire the pink on other people, but certainly would never wear it. Glad to find alternatives to black, although I do love black (with scarves in other colours). In my climate, Forest is a wonder.

  7. February 17, 2020 / 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the reminder; I have some duster-length tailored sweater coats, but hadn’t really thought about the idea of a sweater blazer in quite a while. It suits me well too. I’m too old and cranky to be uncomfortable in my clothes!

  8. Maria
    February 18, 2020 / 2:45 am

    Love sweater jackets, especially Chanel style ones. A high school teacher of mine wore wonderful Chanel style suits and I’ve been a fan of the style ever since 😉 Thanks for showing lots of examples to consider but, as I don’t live in the US, I’m hoping there will be similar styles to choose from closer to home when autumn and winter arrive. That way I can try on in store or purchase on line without the hassle of international shipping returns. As always, it’s nice to look through your windows.

  9. Berenice Wolpin
    February 18, 2020 / 7:39 am

    As far as I’m concerned, we’re ALL too old to wear uncomfortable clothes! I’ve loved the way you rock the Vanessa sweater from J. Crew, but to be honest, I find a lot of these options look rather dowdy. I don’t know if it’s the boxiness of many of them, or perhaps the length – to my eye, unless one hits the proportions exactly right, many of them seem to hit in the wrong spot, or at least would on me, as I’m not 5’9. I also worry that the very textured ones would soon end up looking pilled or pulled (maybe because I have a cat and a dog!). And, this is apparently just me, but I find that unless a Chanel style jacket is perfectly tailored from quality fabric, it looks like it’s trying too hard. This is NOT a criticism of you, Susan – I think you have a phenomenal eye and very much appreciate the options you provide. I guess most of these are just not for me – which is fine. As you said in early January, I think, we can’t please all of the people all of the time – and there’s no reason to try.

  10. Lisa B
    February 18, 2020 / 1:32 pm

    I love sweater coats and have a couple of the J Crew Juliette collarless pieces. I just purchased a camo sweater jacket from Anthropologie on SALE!! I love Camo print but use it pretty sparingly. I have a camo print travel scarf from White and Warren and a pair of camo print trousers I pair with a black turtleneck or white button down blouse. I’m going to pair this new piece with a faded denim shirt and faded denim trousers with a pair of white slip on sneakers. I’m not a huge fan of the leopard print everyone is wearing. I purchased a leopard sweater jacket but every time I put it on it just didn’t seem right to me. To each their own.

  11. Laura
    February 18, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    I didn’t find the style I wanted in all the options! Relaxed, neutral, collar and pockets, not too long for spring/summer, more polished than a sweater (possibly light weight?), and travel friendly. In a size small? But appreciated the post, thanks.

  12. Lee Rosenthall
    February 19, 2020 / 9:09 am

    I just love all these choices. I managed to find a lovely one last year on sale that I can’t wait to wear when the weather warms up. I’d been on the hunt since your previous post about these “Chanel-style” jackets. Thank you for doing so much of the “leg work” for your readers!

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