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Smart office cover-up that isn't a suit jacket or cardigan

(16 Posts)
Clarabell33 Wed 01-Feb-17 08:27:36

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...

Impala1980 Wed 01-Feb-17 08:30:02

A jersey blazer from Uniqlo? They're a mix between cardigan and jacket and really comfy.. come in a range of colours too.

Gardencentregroupie Wed 01-Feb-17 08:35:16

New Look have a range of inexpensive crepe blazers like this one in various colours. I would suggest the last photo in that link would be too casual for most offices though grin

ProseccoPoppy Wed 01-Feb-17 08:52:24

I have a cashmere poncho type thing for that. Which I see as across between a cardi and a pashmina (and feels like a socially acceptable way to wear a blanket in the office which is AWESOME)

amidawish Wed 01-Feb-17 08:59:22

Jigsaw here

bleughhh Wed 01-Feb-17 09:19:41

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)

bleughhh Wed 01-Feb-17 09:20:47

And Reiss are good for open cardigans (no buttons, more jackety looking) that wash well. Last day of sale today too...

9GreenBottles Wed 01-Feb-17 09:38:02

Sandwich do a great jersey blazer and softer jackets. I have about 5 different colours bought over several seasons usually in the sale but they are worth the full price:

Clarabell33 Wed 01-Feb-17 09:39:25

Thank you! I'll have a look online and there's a Reiss and a Jigsaw near where I'm working today, so I might pop out at lunchtime...

ceeveebee Wed 01-Feb-17 13:42:29

Ive just ordered this from jigsaw

LiefieLiefie Wed 01-Feb-17 18:06:25

Zara have tons of those boucle jackets in the sale currently. Around £20 down from £70 odd.

fiorentina Wed 01-Feb-17 18:50:00

As above I wear boucle jackets a lot. Zara have them for a reasonable price or Jigsaw do some lovely ones that I hunt for in the sales.

RandomWordsandaNumber5 Wed 01-Feb-17 20:33:33

What about a Chanel style boucle cardigan jacket? Works with all sorts of outfits and always looks good.

Joneseygirl77 Wed 01-Feb-17 21:07:16

Has anyone got any links to boucle jackets or cardigans? Following this thread with interest as I'm desperate for a boucle cover up!

SeaRabbit Thu 02-Feb-17 13:35:59

I have this from Cos:

they do similar in other colours - I've seen dark green. I wear it lots - it's good over dresses and trousers

fiorentina Thu 02-Feb-17 19:55:39
Or are both nice and very useful.

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