Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. This time, we’re hunting for the best blazers for women in 2023.
Readers, we’ve talked a LOT about the best blazers for women — and as winter is finally over it’s a great time to pull out blazers as a lightweight jacket for outside or for fickle office temperatures. So let’s discuss, readers: What are your favorite blazers this year — what styles are getting the most wear? Are you wearing them with jeans, dresses, ankle pants, flares, trousers… do tell!
Note that most of the blazers in this roundup are intended for wearing as separates — if you’re hunting for suiting, do check out our recently updated roundup of the Best Suits for Women — we also have roundups on petite suiting, tall suiting, plus-size suiting, maternity suiting, and more.
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Table of Contents
- Best Blazer for Women (Overall): J.Crew (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Value: Cicy Bell (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Splurge: Smythe (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Plus-Size Blazer: Eloquii (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Petite Blazer: Ann Taylor (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Tall Blazer: Long Tall Sally (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Sweater Blazer: J.Crew (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Plus-Size Sweater Blazer: Talbots (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Oversized Blazer: Everlane (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Wrinkle Resistant Blazer: Eddie Bauer (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Schoolboy Blazer: J.Crew Factory (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Blazer for Summer: Uniqlo (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Eco-Friendly Blazer for Women: Theory (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Double-Breasted Blazer for Women: Argent (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Cropped Blazer: Abercrombie (read our thoughts / buy)
- Best Maternity Blazer: Seraphine (read our thoughts / buy)
The Best Blazers for Women in 2023
The Best Overall Blazer for Women: J.Crew Parke
J.Crew’s best selling Parke blazer has been around for eons — it’s a classic, reliable style that comes out in new fabrics and prints each season. If you’re hunting for something seasonal, such as tweed or linen, this would be our first stop.
It’s worth noting that the blazer often has matching pants or skirts in the same fabric — so it’s important to style it so that it’s clear that you don’t think you’re wearing a suit. Your bottom choice, whether it’s pants, skirts, or dress, should be significantly different from the fabric of the blazer. Classic mistake: Do not wear a black blazer with black pants unless they are intended to be worn together!
(As always, if you have multiple pieces of suiting in the same fabric and color, you should dry clean them all together so they wear evenly.)
The blazer is $198 and comes in petite, tall, and classic sizes 000-24. (Some colors are on flash sale right now to $149, so they may be down to lucky sizes, but keep checking — they’ll be back.)
Another strong option from J.Crew is their Going Out blazer, which is collarless so it has a more streamlined look — it used to come in a bunch of different colors and fabrics but is down to basics at the moment.
The Best Affordable Blazer for Women: Cicy Bell
This $50 blazer from Amazon seller Cicy Bell has been a reader favorite for a while now — it has 24,000+ good ratings, and comes in 21 colors in sizes XS-XXL. The list price is $71, but you can often find it on sale.
Nice things to note: It’s fully lined, has functional flap pockets, and can be worn in a ton of different ways; readers note that it’s “very stretchy” and not tight at all. As one reviewer notes: “Perfect for a corporate job! Single button and breathable. Definitely a must for an office wardrobe.”
Other affordable options include this other Amazon blazer, this Uniqlo blazer, and in general fast fashion stores like ASOS, H&M, Old Navy, and Target. Other reader favorites for affordable workwear, including blazers, include Nordstrom Rack and the Banana Republic Factory Store and the J.Crew Factory Store.
The Best Blazer for a Splurge: Smythe
If you want to splurge on a classic blazer, Smythe is at the top of our list — their blazers are known for being stylish, on-trend, investment pieces with meticulous tailoring. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re a favorite of Kate Middleton!)
Smythe blazers tend to be around $750, with some a bit more, some a bit less; they’re available in sizes 2-16. You can find them for sale at spots like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and of course the Smythe website. (Their Wrap Blazer is also hugely popular if you want a double-breasted look!)
Best Plus-Size Blazer: Eloquii
There are a ton of great options (many of them affordable!) for plus sizes — our top pick here is Eloquii‘s Ultimate Stretch Suit Blazer. Yes, it usually has matching pants — and as we noted earlier, you shouldn’t wear it as a separate unless its 100% clear that you intend to wear separates. But if you’re on the hunt for a blazer in fun colors, or just a reliable blazer that goes with everything, this blazer has 600+ great reviews. It’s available in sizes 14-32 for $99, but frequently on sale.
Other great options for plus-size blazers include Vince Camuto, Universal Standard, Nic & Zoe, and Talbots — and don’t forget that a lot of blazers at J.Crew and J.Crew Factory are now available up to size 3X. If you’re hunting for plus-size petites, Lands’ End and Talbots are two of the most reliable stores we know of, but check out our full list of plus-size petite workwear here.
(Hunting for full suiting? Here’s our full roundup of plus-size suits.)
Best Petite Blazer: Ann Taylor
Ann Taylor is one of the best places to shop if you’re looking for petites — not only do they offer a broader range of sizes than most petites (00-18), they have curvy cuts as well if you prefer that for pants. Their Greenwich blazer is one of their options that’s great as a separate — I particularly like this lightweight pique version that’s perfect for summer.
If you’re hunting for petite suiting for women, we just updated our roundup — some of our favorites (in addition to Ann Taylor) include Banana Republic Factory, CK Calvin Klein, Hobbs, and J.Crew. If you’re hunting for very small petite sizes, try Aritzia; if you’re hunting for larger petite sizes, try Talbots or Lane Bryant. (We get into more subcategories and options here.)
Best Blazer for Tall Women: Long Tall Sally
It can be tricky to find great blazers for women in tall sizes because so many spots only carry longer lengths in pants. So if you’re looking for a blazer that fits you properly, your first step should definitely be to check out the selection at Long Tall Sally, which specializes in tall sizes for women.
We’ve pictured the boucle blazer here, but they have a bunch of colorful blazers in scuba, crepe, linen, and more. Prices are reasonable (most blazers are under $100!), and shipping is around $13, which isn’t bad considering the brand is based in the UK.
Best Sweater Blazer: J.Crew Cecile
There are so many great sweater jackets for the office it’s almost hard to choose one, but two brands dominate the space: J.Crew and M.M.LaFleur. J.Crew is getting our pick because of the affordability and wide range of sweater jackets — cropped! collarless! fitted! loose! long! — with their best-selling option being the Cecile, pictured. (Their sister site, J.Crew Factory, is another great source for trendy, affordable sweater jackets!)
M.M.LaFleur deserves top billing as well, though — after all, this is the brand that coined the phrase “jardigan,” i.e., cardigan jacket. Their first two styles, the Woolf and the Sant Ambroeus, are still going strong, and they’ve added a few more styles as well.
Best Plus-Size Sweater Blazer: Talbots
I recently saw one mid/plus-size TikToker note that you “shouldn’t sleep on Talbots, y’all!” and I totally agree, especially for sweater blazers — every year they have some of the best options in regular, petite, plus, and plus-size petites.
Other great options for plus-size sweater blazers include Lauren Ralph Lauren, Nic & Zoe, Lands’ End — and of course note that both J.Crew and J.Crew Factory’s sweater blazers are available up to size 3X.
Best Oversized Blazer for Women: Everlane
Everlane’s ’80s blazer has been really popular since the brand introduced it, and it now comes in a ton of different colors and fabrics. With three buttons and a decidedly slouchy, boxy look, it is very reminiscent of the ’80s. It’s $175, available in sizes 00-16.
Reviewers note that they “always get compliments on this blazer,” and that it’s their “go-to summer blazer — beautifully made and such a cheerful jacket to wear.”
Best Wrinkle Resistant/Travel-Friendly Blazer for Women: Eddie Bauer Departure Blazer
It’s a lot easier to find wrinkle-resistant, travel-friendly blazers than it used to be. If you’re hunting for a casual blazer to add a layer of polish to business casual outfits or your travel wardrobe, it’s hard to beat the Eddie Bauer Departures blazer.
It’s available in petite, tall, and regular sizes 2-20. In addition to having a secure pocket, the brand notes that it’s “The ultimate travel jacket, and an everyday classic, this unstructured, single-button blazer is a moisture-wicking stretch blend of polyester/spandex. The lightweight fabric packs easily, wears beautifully, and has built-in UPF sun protection.” Nice!
If you’re hunting for a full suit for business travel, some of our favorite travel-friendly suits for women include M.M.LaFleur, Ministry of Supply, Paul Smith, and Talbots. They have less reliable stock, but Brooks Brothers also occasionally has suiting in their BrooksCool line, and Uniqlo occasionally has suiting in their AirSense line.
Best Schoolboy Blazer for Women: J.Crew Factory
Shrunken, schoolboy blazers are less popular than they were a few years ago, but there’s still at least one reliable source if this is your preferred look: J.Crew Factory. The brand keeps coming out with schoolboy blazers in new patterns and colors, and you can currently find the look in a shrunken sweater blazer look, as well!
The blazer is available in petite and classic sizes 00-24; full price is listed as being between $135-$195 but you can often find the blazer 40% (or more!) off.
Best Blazer for Summer: Uniqlo
If staying breezy is your top consideration, you have a few options: linen! pique! cupro! cotton! seersucker! The problem with most of these is that they wrinkle pretty much the second you put them on.
For that reason, you might want to consider more of the travel-friendly suiting instead, even though that may be more concerned with wrinkles than being lightweight. The Uniqlo AirSense jacket is both — it resists wrinkling, is incredibly lightweight, blocks UV rays, dries quickly, and is machine washable. Bonus: It’s extremely affordable at $80, and available in three colors, sizes XXS-XXL.
If you are on the hunt for some of the other fabrics, J.Crew’s Parke blazer is available in linen, as is this super affordable Quince blazer, and this Ann Taylor jacket is in cotton pique. Madewell also has a number of tailored items in their Drapeweave fabric, which is a “soft TENCEL lyocell and linen twill,” and Brooks Brothers just reimagined a bunch of classics in a drapey, lightweight cupro blend.
Best Eco-Friendly Blazer: Theory
Wondering where to find eco-friendly suits for women? It can be really (really!) tricky to find some. Luckily, suiting stalwart Theory is here with their great line of Good Wool:
We are committed to making a positive impact on the people who wear our clothes, our industry, and our planet, beginning with our Good fabrics. Consciously manufactured from start to finish, our Good Wool is crafted with premium merino wool. It’s sourced from farms in Australia, including the Beaufront farm in Tasmania and woven by the Tollegno 1900 mill in Biella, Italy.
Best Double-Breasted Blazer: Argent
Double-breasted blazers for women are super trendy right now, and there are a few great ones. We’re picking Argent as our top pick because they have so many great colors and slightly different cuts right now.
Argent, unfortunately, is on the higher end — the pictured blazer is $495. If you’re hunting for something more affordable, Saint + Sofia should be on your radar; their best-selling double-breasted blazer is a slightly more affordable $280.
Best Cropped Blazer for Women: Abercrombie & Fitch
Cropped blazers are a relatively new look, so know your office before wearing them — in the most conservative environments it’s generally best to give a trend three to five years to get established before you wear it to work.
That said, they can be a great look for more casual offices and for off-duty looks — such as this cropped linen blazer and pleated shorts combo. Abercrombie has had a bunch of cropped blazers for a while now and in a number of different fabrics — crepe! linen! tweed! — and they even have short-sleeved versions for summer.
Most of the blazers are available in sizes XXS-XL, and are around $100 full price.
Best Maternity Blazer: Seraphine
There are many pregnant women who can make it really, really far in their pregnancy before they need a dedicated blazer — for me that was around 38 weeks. Still, one of the few brands doing maternity workwear right is Seraphine.
Readers, which are your favorite blazers for women this year?
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