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6 Springtime Blazers for Work and Weekend

Spring and summer-appropriate blazers are tricky to find. If you’d like a few new options for the season, now is the time to shop for the best selection of styles and price points.

Work has become increasingly casual, and you don’t likely need a formal blazer, let alone a full suit.

But a separate blazer is not just an outfit finisher; it’s a chameleon of style. That ‘third’ piece we often discuss has the power to transform a look from basic to elevated, from casual to professional, and from day to night.

As we know, styles evolve, and staying current with trends is the key to creating a “modern” classic style. Remember, often when I say “trends,” I don’t mean fleeting, one-season-and-done styles—instead, I mean the trends that move fashion along and become classics in their own right.

This shows up in garments’ shapes, cuts, lengths, and details. Perhaps no category better shows the gradual evolution of fashion silhouettes than blazers, jackets, and other third layers.

If I may geek out for just a second, aside from the moment you put on an outfit and feel fantastic, the thing I love most about fashion is the history, how clothing shows us how the world has progressed. Think about it. We went from poodle skirts to pantsuits or bathing gowns to string bikinis.

When you delve into the details of fashion’s evolution and understand that change is inevitable, even necessary, it’s a lot easier to let go of pieces you’ve been hanging on to and allow yourself to enjoy the process of embracing new trends and styles.

Thankfully, what we are seeing now is a return to fit, and tailoring. A welcomed change from the oversized blazers of 2022.

6 Springtime Blazers for Work or Weekend

Springtime Blazers for Work and Weekend

For the sake of today’s post, I kept the price reasonable, starting at around $50, with the highest being $220 ish. I also made sure there was not only size variety but color within each style. I also wanted these to be highly wearable.

These blazers are incredibly versatile, perfect for pairing with jeans, classic black or white pants, patterned pants, a sheath, or a straight-line skirt. Their adaptability ensures you can create a multitude of stylish outfits.

I also included some photos of myself wearing a few of these. Since I run my own business, I can wear whatever I want, so I wear blazers with jeans and other trousers to add structure and finish the look with a layer.

J.Crew Factory Tweed Lady Jacket

One trend that is turning into a staple is the “Lady Jacket.” It’s very Jackie-O, very lady-who-lunches.

I love a shorter jacket that hits right or around your hip bone; it makes your legs look longer.

This lady-jacket option from J.Crew factory comes in ivory, in classic and petite sizes 00 – 24, retailing for $88 with an extra 20% off today with the code FAMILY20.  It’s fully lined and runs true to size, although I go up a size with their jackets so it fits further from the body.

They also have a black option for the same price and a pink tweed for $128 plus 20% off. 


Tweed Lady Jacket

J. Crew Factory


Ann Taylor Plaid Fringe Jacket

Ann Taylor has a lot of fabulous jackets, but I kept returning to this red plaid fringe option. 

Something about it felt so nostalgic like I’d seen it before. Then I remembered this red and black houndstooth suit worn by Princess Diana in 1990 (my mind is basically a catalog of every outfit she ever wore; it’s like my party trick).

It’s striking and would look amazing paired with your favorite black trousers or straight-lined skirt, or make it casual with a pair of dark-washed jeans.

Available in sizes 00 – 18 in classic and petite for $179.


Plaid Fringe Jacket

Ann Taylor


Nic + Zoe Fringe Trim Jacket

Nic + Zoe is a reader-favorite brand. Their pieces are super wearable and well-made.

This particular jacket is available in four colors: this lovely purple they call “slate,” a neutral tone, aqua blue, and spring pink. It is available in sizes XS—XXL.

And there is a plus size option here. 

This is the most expensive jacket on the list for $218.

One note is that you want to get the neckline of the underlayer right. Look for something with a similar neckline to the image below. This will give you a long neck; anything high, like a crewneck, will make you look broad and boxy.


Fringe Trim Jacket

Nic + Zoe


Old Navy Pixie Blazer

This casual cotton notched collar blazer, done in Old Navy’s popular “Pixie” pant fabric, has lots of stretch, so it will look best with jeans or a twill bottom.

Available in black, navy and grey.

Keep this look simple—don’t try to do more with it than it’s made for. Pair it with a tee shirt, jeans, sandals, or sneakers, and you’re set.

It sells for $47.99 in regular, tall, and petite XXS – 4X. 


Pixie Blazer

Old Navy


Amazon Open Front Plaid Blazer

I bought this blazer from Amazon in March, and it’s a winner. I went with the brown plaid because I wear a lot of neutrals. And thought it would look great with jeans.

I was right.

It’s under $60, fully lined, and well-made. I liked it so much I went back and ordered it in blue. 

Available in sizes S – XXL. I ordered the medium and large and went with the large – it gives me enough room to layer comfortably.

Below, I’m wearing the popular Amazon V-neck 100% cotton sweatermy favorite boot-cut jeans, and kitten heels.


Open Front Paid Blazer



Talbots Cropped Linen Jacket

Finally, my favorite jacket so far this season is this “cropped” linen jacket from Talbots. You know the deal by now: It’s not cropped; it’s simply short. Maybe it’s the 90s kid in me, but I see “cropped” as a babydoll tee, like something I bought from Delia’s catalog. 

I’m wearing it below; it’s comfortable and hits my hip.

It’s available in tan and green here, in misses, petite, plus, and plus petite, for $169. (Talbots currently has a promo of buying one (1) item and getting another at 50% off. 

Also available in white here. 


Cropped Linen Jacket



Blazer Outfits For Work and Play

Over A Dress

A blazer, like the tweed and lady-jacket styles featured look great over a straight dress or sheath. Keep the dress simple, in a solid color to let the jacket stand out.

With Slim Ankle Pants

Professional pants, particularly slim leg ankle pants, can be styled with several different types of suit jackets. I recently bought the Endless High Rise Pants from Athleta and promptly went back and ordered more colors. They are FANTASTIC. I’m going to feature them next week, but they are worth mentioning a few times. They’re casual and dressy at the same time. You can wear them with heels or sneakers. I’m 5’10 and took the size medium in regular.

Pair these with any of the jackets featured above.

With Jeans

The easiest blazer outfit ideas start with a good pair of jeans. I typically opt for slim, straight-leg or baby bootcut jeans. You can then choose a blazer style based on whether you’re going for a dressy or more casual look. 

Related: 10 Spring Shoes for Women

Have a question?  Be sure to add them in the comments and we’ll feature it in an upcoming post.

6 Springtime Blazers for Work and Weekend

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Megan Kristel

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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Elizabeth Meeks Hornback

Friday 12th of April 2024

Your newsletters are always helpful. I too am a Princess Diana devotee. Could you feature some modern ways to capture her look?


Friday 6th of April 2018

2 questions came up for me this week:

1. Black is a staple for work, but during spring, it feels really dark and unfresh. How do you freshen up black pieces for spring? 2. I invested in some quality trousers for work winter wear (wool). Do I have to put them away for spring and summer? What fabrics should I be looking for in summer work wear trousers?