Hint: This boyfriend blazer helps me survive the over-air-conditioned office. 

By Stephanie Harris
Updated June 07, 2018
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Striped white blazer
Credit: nordstrom.com

When it comes to everyday fashion, it’s easy to reserve fun, trendy styles for the weekend and resort to classic, yet sometimes outdated silhouettes during the work week. I often find myself falling into a comfortable routine and an easy, predictable uniform, especially when I’m busy. But this summer, my first summer in New York City, will be different thanks to the latest addition to my closet: this chic striped boyfriend blazer ($55, originally $109, nordstrom.com).

This longline, breezy staple is redefining what I know about blazers. I’ve always associated my stuffy work jacket with formality and anonymity, and I tend to wear it as a sign of respect rather than because I actually like it. The boyfriend blazer is a fresh take on the timeless work jacket, and as a layering piece, it brings sophistication to any outfit. My boyfriend blazer has revamped just about any outfit and has been integrated seamlessly into my wardrobe.

My specific jacket was born out of a recent collaboration with J.O.A. and L.A. fashion influencer and creative director Chriselle Lim. Laid-back California style meets a structured fit in this gorgeous collection that I’ll be wearing all summer long. I love that this jacket is versatile enough to weather both my sweaty morning commute and the freezing office temperatures—no bulky cardigans required. Made from lightweight, breathable cotton, I feel comfortable and elegant before, during, and after work.

Plus, the vertical stripes on this jacket elongate my figure, while the oversized fit maintains my relaxed, tomboyish vibe. Available in sizes XS–XL, this piece is flattering on every body type, creating a streamlined, yet modern shape for all occasions. Even better? Right now it's 50 percent off its original price at Nordstrom, so it's the best time to add this new favorite to your summer wardrobe.

As the weekend draws near, I’m excited to throw this blazer on over a white tee with high-rise jeans and heels for a happy hour or night out—and I’ll be sure to roll up my sleeves for the ultimate cool-girl effect. Nothing makes me feel more confident than taking on the day in an outfit that truly represents me.