If you work in a business casual environment, or just want to polish up your style ’round town, I believe two types of jackets work best. Both notable for good looks and comfort. On one hand, we have the knit or stretch wool/cotton blazer. On the other, those boxy and nubbly croppers first promulgated by Mme. Chanel. One can even interpret this latter category broadly, and include a structured cardigan.
Here are a few of the knit/stretch sort. For the business casual environment, I particularly like these in a boiled wool rather than gabardine. Sort of like bringing one’s child’s teddy bear to the office; engendering feelings of fuzziness that can only improve inter-divisional communication. For about town, James Perse and Alexander Wang perhaps invented, but certainly dominate, sweatshirt fabric gone fancy. To good end.
And here, some of our more boxy friends. The Italians do this look quite well, in a double-faced jersey sort of way. St. John Knits often offers a good selection – this year they appear to have Gone A-Wandering In The Land Of Big Lapels, so I cannot endorse. Prices below range from $70 for the J. Crew tweed to stratosphere for Mr. De la Renta’s handknit cashmere cardigan.
One might also argue here for the British hacking jacket look, done best to insouciant advantage by the people at Smythe (worn to great advantage by materfamilias), or the late great Alexander McQueen, in his schoolboy blazer series. And if one argued this way, I might have to bend my head in agreement, murmuring only that Sturdy Gals do not like to have their shoulders bound. One cannot predict when one might be called upon for heavy lifting.
A trailing thought, perhaps just as useful home as the office. Often those who crave comfort are not succumbing to laziness, but rather preparing for or recovering from hard work.
As always, with Polyvores, click them to see more item detail. I could use the Polyvore tool to list items and prices below the collage, but their format is so ugly I just can’t do it. Preference for beauty over price knowledge may explain a good deal of the family fortune fading I have mentioned.