The almost perfect gray jacket

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

I’m always on the lookout for jackets or blazers or what have you that can elevate a casual look from super casual weekend to less causal work but still be comfy.

I thought I’d found it with this jersey fabric jacket from Le Tote and, while it looks awesome in the photos, it has some weird shoulder pads going on that seem to be making my shoulders look really broad.


Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Scarf – gift (similar) | Tank top – Marshall’s (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – MIA (similar

The shoulder pads seem to be part of the design and structure of the jacket, though, so it’s not like I could just snip them out.  Which is too bad because this jacket is super comfy, has pockets, three-quarter sleeves (my favorite!) and is otherwise perfect. In terms of comfort level It’s more like a sweatshirt than a jacket and that’s a-okay by me.

Actually, to be honest, I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling like a marshmallow on toothpicks lately. I have to wonder if my shoulders are actually getting broader or if it’s my imagination! I mean, I have no problem with them getting broader but it does mean I might have to rethink some of what I wear.

Or not. I’m still undecided.


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7 replies on “The almost perfect gray jacket

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Shoulder pads! I didn’t realize those were still a thing! The jackets my mom would wear to church when I was a little kid always had shoulder pads (it was the early 90s, after all), which I liked a lot because that made her shoulders more comfy for falling asleep on during the sermon HAHAHA. But I didn’t know they still put them in clothes today!

  2. Sarah @ Windy City Wanderlust

    I love Blazers that feel like sweatshirts – they’re so comfy AND stylish… Win! Plus they’re a really great transition piece for this weird winter to spring thing we’ve got going on, when it feels to warm to wear a jacket but not warm enough to go without one. Looking forward to brunch this weekend!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I know, right? Why am I feeling that way?? I should have taken shoulder measurements or something before I started all this power lifting training just to see if it was changing my shape that much.

  3. Maggie

    I think you look great! Your shoulders look fine, even with pads. I picked up an awesome jacket at a clothing swap last week and it has shoulder pads built in as well. So I guess that’s still a thing? Maybe it helps give the jacket more shape?

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I think they are there to help make the jacket look more structured and not like a sweatshirt. But, really, sometimes I’m okay with a sweatshirt!

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