Figuring out what to wear to work shouldn’t be a bore. To make your weekdays easier, welcome to Business Casual. Every Wednesday, we’ll highlight the best office-appropriate clothes, whether it’s for the job you have or the one you want.
A stylish mentor I admired once let me in on her secret whenever she felt like she needed an extra boost of confidence on big meeting days. Instead of fussing with a dress, she created a comfortable power uniform. It consists of pants, a blouse or T-shirt, and a perfectly fitted blazer. The jacket was the clincher: It was her shortcut to looking as if she had her life together, even if she didn’t feel that way. When she put one on, she transformed into a woman who made decisions and commanded authority.
What constitutes a “perfect” blazer is arbitrary and ever-changing, but might we suggest trying a double-breasted version? The classic style has made a comeback — this time in an array of colors and patterns, depending on how conservative or flashy you want to look. The new jacket is meant to be fitted in the shoulders and roomier in the body — all the better for layering. Let it be your secret weapon the next time you need to dress like a woman who gets things done. Scroll ahead to shop our favorites.
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