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    Nana
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    Let’s face it: blazers will always be on trend. I’m seeing them frequently used as a jacket in the fall in NYC. What are some of your favorite places to get an investment fall/winter blazer? I am loving the [Everlane Oversized Blazer](https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-wool-oversized-blazer-glenplaid?collection=womens-newest-arrivals). What are some of your favorites that are worth an investment?

    #6709

    pygoscelis

    I’m all here for boyfriend/loose blazers, but imo the oversized fit is definitely a currently trendy thing and not a classic. I suppose it’s not in the investment bracket, but I appreciate a stretchy blazer and the ones at Uniqlo are nice. I don’t think they’d work if you need them for a proper business dress code but for smart casual / relaxed biz caz they’re very comfy.

    #6710

    ee_bird

    I know it’s semantics but “Investment” is a term i do not like to use for clothes. An investment is something that should be making you money over time and there are very few pieces of clothing that will be worth more in the future than when you buy them.

    The “buy it for life” philosophy doesnt work as well for womens clothes as it does for men. Even with something like a blazer, cuts and styles cycle.

    A casual womens blazer to throw on with jeans and a tshirt from 2008 would have [looked like this](https://goo.gl/images/BgKww8) whereas a blazer to serve a similar purpose in 2018 will [look more like this](https://goo.gl/images/Pu7f49). The 2008 style isnt “gone” but it isnt as on trend.

    To get back more to your point, I have an oversized tweed blazer earmarked as an item I want to buy this year. Ive looked at the Everlane ones but since i live in Canada returns dont really work and buying blazers online is notoriously difficult to figure out which fit in the shoulders and arms. I’ll be looking at department stores, checking out the mens section, and looking at Aritzia to see what they have available

    #6711

    stopmakingrents

    I found [this Alexander McQueen blazer ](http://www.meghansfashion.com/alexander-mcqueen-grain-de-poudre-wool-blazer.html) on clearance in my size at Saks this summer for about $700. I shouldn’t even have tried it on, because that’s way out of my budget for even a whole suit right now, but I did – and it was gorgeous. I’m not sure about “classic,” but it was sharp, sleek, and looked perfectly tailored. I didn’t, and still don’t need an “investment” blazer at that price, so I don’t really regret leaving it behind. But that’s the blazer that will be in my head when I’m looking in the future.

    #6712

    Boogalamoon

    I see “investment” clothes as clothes that will enhance my career potential. Which means none of them are worth paying haute couture prices for.

    Investment blazers for me this year are comfy ones that I can wear all day and be comfortable and warm in (my office is freezing). I am loving the Talbots blazers right now. They have some in a material that feels almost like a sweatshirt, but looks very professional when worn with slacks and other business attire. Talbots Italian knit fabric are also SUPER comfy and look very sharp.

    I use these blazers to help build and maintain my image – which matters in my current role. They are helping to subconsciously build the impression of competence. I do competent work, but *looking* competent really seems to help in the office I’m in now.

    #6713

    SlowSailing

    I don’t love the oversized blazer look for myself. (It always gives me David Byrne “Stop Making Sense” vibes.) I prefer a fitted hacking jacket style. I have two from J.Crew which are over ten years old and I just bought a new-to-me one from Poshmark from the same era. I happily wear them every fall. I don’t know if the new ones are of the same quality but they might be.

    #6714

    moshimochi

    I mean THE investment blazer would be the YSL le smoking tuxedo jacket.

    [https://www.whowhatwear.com/yves-saint-laurent-le-smoking-suit](https://www.whowhatwear.com/yves-saint-laurent-le-smoking-suit)

    I personally just use the top part of my suits as a standalone blazer (I think it’s easier to get away with it if the suit is a female cut), but I do love the Sarina jacket from Sezane for those days where I want something longer.

    #6715

    Known_Orchid

    The thrift shop! I just got a silk lined, wool dupe of the Everlane plaid version you linked for $3. I also got a green wool tweed, a navy wool blazer, a green blazer and a gray herringbone wool blazer for the same prices. They’re all mid 80s to early
    90s and excellent quality, and it takes about 60 seconds to remove the shoulder pads (if those aren’t your thing). The blazers of this vintage also tend to be longer and less form fitting, which is conveniently on trend right now.

    #6716

    ifilovedyou

    > What are some of your favorite places to get an investment fall/winter blazer?

    I don’t think you have to spend that much money to own one. Personally I would buy a retro blazer at a vintage store and invest on getting it tailored to my body. The thing with oversized blazers is that in order to look good they still have to fit you, particularly at the wrists and shoulders. So unless your boyfriend is about your size, borrowing his blazers won’t work.

    That said, I’m most excited to wear mine casually with jeans and a retro t shirt! I’m particularly eyeing Aritzia’s [blazer-style coats](https://www.aritzia.com/us/en/product/neelam-jacket/60590.html?dwvar_60590_color=10689).

    Also: Because I’m always perpetually confused on the latest trends and because blazers are no exception,[ I made a pinboard](https://www.pinterest.com/ifilovedyou/fallwinter-2018-blazers/)!

    #6717

    AhemExcuseMeSir

    I’m not normally much of a thrifter, but I’ve had really good luck at Goodwill with blazers. They usually have minimal wear and are pretty timeless, so even when they’re 20+ years old they look new and in style. I just snagged a few wool Pendleton blazers the other day from a local Goodwill.

    The only downside is that I have long arms and the sleeves are almost never long enough, but I prefer more of a casual look so I don’t mind rolling them up a little so it’s not as noticeable.

    #6718

    FlakyFondant

    I have never purchased an investment blazer that didn’t come in a full suit. When I finally get around to it, I think a medium grey or brown tweed or herringbone jacket would be most timeless and flexible. They are surprisingly hard to find… I think Boden has some and J. Crew used to, but for an investment peice, I would love something very structured and close fitting from Ralph Lauren Collection (not LRL or PRL) but I just can’t justify spending more than $500 right now on a jacket when my suits themselves are limited. If I ever go to the UK, I’d definitely want to try some harris tweeds

    #6719

    LizzyLemonade

    I was fortunate enough to find a Lafayette 148 blazer at my local consignment shop, so I got a $500 wool blazer for ~$100. I kinda harp on this brand a lot but the difference in quality between this and other fabrics is just insane. Another thing I love is that they follow trends but seem to target a more mature audience, so the cuts are more conservative and less likely to go totally out of style.

    Edit: So an investment, to me, is a “classic” cut in a high-quality fabric, which almost universally means designer or near-designer. I reiterate that I’m very, very fortunate to have a consignment store with a lot of this brand in stock (and in my size!)

    Here’s me wearing my blazer a couple of different ways:

    * [Casual](https://imgur.com/0KVk56t)
    * [Business casual](https://imgur.com/JBRnlmq)
    * [Business casual (but a little fancier)](https://imgur.com/vLq5row)

    #6720

    oliviascankles

    I have several Smythe blazers, but [the hourglass blazer](https://shopsmythe.com/products/hourglass-blazer) is my favorite. It gives me a really nice shape that less tailored blazers just don’t.

    #6721

    miss-nebula

    I have had the everlane oversized blazer in herringbone for almost a year and it is one of my most worn pieces. I love it and expect to get years of wear out of it. However I don’t know if I would personally consider it an investment piece. The style is definitely trendy, and I think I’d want to be able to wear something for a decade to call it an investment. I think a very classic cut blazer without much “style” would be something that would outlast trends.

    As for the everlane blazer, the new glen plaid is gorgeous!! I’ve been searching for a glen plaid blazer secondhand for forever and have yet to find one that fits right. If money were no object I’d be all over that new print

    #6722

    maroonrice

    I don’t consider trendy blazers as an investment. Patterns, length, cut all cycle in and out of fashion. I “invested” the banana republic inverted collar blazer as a part of my business wardrobe though. It’s come in handy for interviews, headshots, and any time I need to be a little more dressed up. The fit is perfect and the material is very soft and a true black color. It’ll be a staple in my closet for years since I don’t wear it often enough to wear out immediately.

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