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Smart office cover-up that isn't a suit jacket or cardigan
Hoping you can help! I'm about to move jobs from a fairly casual office environment (jeans are ok except for external meetings, sort of thing) to a more formal one. I have enough smart dresses, tops and trousers, and a couple of suits, and no problem finding more.
What I need is a smart generic coverup for when it's a bit too chilly in the office to just wear a dress/top/smart jumper. The suit jackets I have are fine for looking smart, but are a bit uncomfortable so wouldn't sit wearing them all day. Cardigans are ok but a bit less smart than I'd like except when they're brand new, and I can't buy new cardigans every other week!
Is there something in-between a cardigan and a suit jacket? What is it, and where will I find it? Preferably washable too.
If it's got to be a cardigan, can anyone suggest one that will look smart for a reasonable number of washes? I need something in black, and a couple of other colours would be useful too...
I like 'boucle' open jackets (no buttons or lapel) and never wear suits anymore. Put one of those (or a cashmere cardigan) over a dress or with a pencil skirt/cigarette trousers plus silky top. I saw a nice white one on the White Company website but Zara and Mango are normally good for them too... (sort of Chanel style)