… collarless jackets.
Blazers and jackets of all kinds make me deeply happy, as they can add structure and edge to just about any outfit. But since it’s pretty darned cold now which means layers and scarves are often in order, I’m realizing how irritating lapels and collars can be. Shoving a button-front under a traditional blazer is a common tactic, and yet I can NEVER get my inner collar to sit right. Throwing a scarf over a collared jacket can work, but the collar itself adds bulk and can feel and look awkward. Collarless jackets are relatively trendy right now, and I am just loving them. Here are a few on my radar:
Calvin Klein Hardware Collarless Blazer – $129.50
Gah, I love this. Bright red, clean lines, nipped at the waist, and fully lined. With the closure fastened, this blazer creates a nice deep v neckline and a perfect little portrait area for a funky statement necklace.
Even cleaner! This blazer lacks a closure altogether and is meant to be worn open, which is a great option for those of us on whom buttoned jackets can look a bit rumpled. A shorter length makes this option ideal for pairing with skirts and dresses, and the collarless design means it would be marvelous with a cozy scarf. Also comes in petite and tall sizes. In black, burgundy, and charcoal.
Sejour Sequin Bouclé Jacket – $138
Of course, the collarless style is also common among tweedy, Chanel-esque jackets like this one. Doesn’t give you the angles and deep vs of the more suit-blazer styled options, but still an absolute classic. This one has some very subtle sequins for added sparkle, and is available through size 24. (This version is also tweedy and sparkly, but has a v opening instead of a crew. Through size 22.)
This one is lapel-free and lacks the bulky foldover collar that appears on most blazers, but it has a little more neck coverage than most of the other options shown here. Creeping toward Mandarin, but still technically collarless. Also comes in black.
I couldn’t seem to find a plus-sized option that wasn’t embellished, super boxy, or both, but the studs on this one are fun and fairly subtle. Totally love the waist-level zipper above the left pocket, too.
I’ve been on the hunt for a gray blazer for ages, and might just pounce on this one if it goes on sale anytime soon. And with Black Friday coming, you KNOW it will. I love that it’s slightly cropped and shaped at the waist. Also in petite and tall sizes.
What do you think of this style? Are you a fan, or do you love the crisp look of a collar?
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