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How to Wear the J.Crew Eloise Sweater Blazer

Last week, our most popular item was the J.Crew Eloise Sweater Blazer, so let’s style it three ways.
Before you pull the trigger on a purchase, my best shopping tip is to wear it at least two, but preferably three different ways.
And this blazer is such a great example of how taking time to think about how you’re going to wear something can add so much value to your wardrobe.
But, as always, before we dive into the looks, let’s talk about the Sweater Blazer. 

J.Crew Eloise Sweater Blazer

Eloise Sweater Blazer in Gray
It’s an ideal piece, that effortlessly floats between sporty joggers or chic trousers. 
I like it especially if you are headed back to the office a few days a week. 

How to Wear the J.Crew Eloise Sweater Blazer

Three outfits that feature a gray sweater blazer

Please note: I purposely keep these outfits based in basics because:

(1) Personal style is personal 😉 You can play with these looks however you like. The sweater blazer is available in other colors; swap the beige shoe for a leopard print add a scarf to the third look. etc.,

(2) These pieces are wardrobe builders in their own right and offer up additional options in a range of categories that will fill other holes in your closet.


Gray Sweater balzer, white jersey tank, white and black sneakers, black joggers, and a black belt bag

Jersey Tank, $88 | Joggers, $98 | Sneakers, $110 |Belt Bag, $38 

So let’s start with a sporty look, for your casual days when you still want to feel pulled together. 
I started with the Venice cotton joggers by Athleta. They feel like a pair of knit pants and are some of the best joggers I’ve tried in a while. 
Listen, this tank is $88, which is not inexpensive.
Can you wear a tank from Old Navy? Of course.
Or, many of you already have this one from Nic + Zoe.
BUT, the drape, cut, and fit of this tank is fabulous, and having worked with EF for a good part of my early career, I can tell you that her pieces are almost indestructible and she offers inclusive sizing, XXS – 3X.
So if you are looking to build a better basics wardrobe, keep her in mind as a resource.
Here, I kept the shoes casual with these Adidas Superstars. Fun fact, I bought these for my daughter last Christmas but I’ve worn them more than she has. LOL. I guess it makes up for all my beauty products she steals. 😉  

Finally, if you want to be hands free, I’m a big fan of the lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag. You can wear it around your waist or across your chest, depending on the look you like best. 


Straight leg jeans, gray sweater blazer, gray tshirt, ecru loafers, and a two-toned cable bangle

Next, a simple jeans and tee-shirt look, but polished.

How do we do that?

By pairing better quality, thoughtful pieces together, focusing on fit and finished.

Let’s start with the jeans. Again, these are expensive, but I want to keep a good balance of price points, and we’ve featured a LOT of Old Navy recently.

DL1961 makes my absolute favorite jeans. I highly recommend them if you are ready to spend on “investment” jeans. They wear and wash beautifully, maintaining their shape and wash season after season.

Then, a tee-shirt, this one is also from J.Crew in the same Heather Grey as the sweater blazer. I like to buy layering pieces, when I can that coordinate, thereby making a “set”

You can also wear your favorite white tee. 

For shoes, I’m going with the new Rothy loafers in Ecru. The light tone of the shoe is fresh for spring.

And then this pretty designer-inspired bracelet was featured in yesterday’s post. So remember, when your look is simple like this one, incorporate your better jewelry and mix with some less expensive pieces.


Black staight leg pants, gray sweater blazer, white jersey tank, black slingback pumps, and a black satchel
Ankle Pants, $109 | Slingback Pumps, $130 | Jersey Tank, $88 | Satchel, $149 

Whether you’re delighted or totally bummed that you are going back to the office, you probably need a few better pieces for work. And the sweater blazer will bring loads of versatility to your closet. 

Here, I reused the Eileen Fisher tank, and paired it with a professional pant from Ann Taylor. These are a side zip, which is nice since it gives a nice flat front finish, available in size 00 – 18 in regular and petite. 

Want a longer pant that covers your ankle? See here. 

Then, for a shoe, I’m excited sling backs are trending and you know by now that I love Sam Edelman. These are an updated style with a classic slingback pair with a modern block heel. 

Finally, I found this quilted style Kate Spade bag on sale and had to share it. It was originally $400 but is on a surprise sale for $150. 

How to Wear the J.Crew Eloise Sweater Blazer

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Monday 21st of March 2022

I am so bummed that I don’t think I can make this sweater blazer work for me! Even in the XS it’s still boxy and frumpy on me. Since it’s a knit I doubt it can be tailored. The strange thing is that I also ordered it in navy, and the navy looks better. I’m just not sure if the navy color will work in these outfits like the gray would have…anyone have any suggestions for a gray substitute?