26 March 2010 – Supermom Blazer

March 26th, 2010 § 21 comments

26 March 2010 – Supermom Blazer, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Knit blazer: C&C
  • Embellished tank: JCrew
  • Ponte pants: Ann Taylor
  • Green sneakers: Payless

End Notes:

If I have any complaint about my main closet blazers, it’s that my arms’ range of motion is limited. I’ve always considered that to be part and parcel of blazer-wearing but my eyes (and arms) have recently been opened to a style innovation of epic proportions: the KNIT BLAZER. World of fashion, why did it take so long for us all to realize that stretchy fabric could be used to craft structured pieces? This knit blazer has great fit and, thanks in large part to the pieced back, holds it shape beautifully.

26 March 2010 – Supermom Blazer, originally uploaded by academichic.

And it’s machine washable. Gah. Extra mom points.

I used a gift card to purchase this relatively pricey C&C blazer, but affordable alternatives are currently on offer elsewhere. Gap has a two button knit blazer in black or heather gray, Forever 21 has a curvy black ponte blazer, and Modcloth has a beautiful knit jacket with gorgeous little details.

Today’s outfit was intended to go from a meeting on campus (I switched out the sneakers for heels) to a playdate for baby e. with some friends. Unfortunately, a very, very flat tire happened in between. But, in case you were wondering, there is enough stretch in this jacket to help your brother unscrew your extremely tight lug nuts. So, that’s empowering, right?

26 March 2010 – Supermom Blazer, originally uploaded by academichic.

Seriously, world, what other wardrobe staples can we start making in stretchy fabrics? I’m sold on structured but stretchy pants, and jersey dresses that have shape. What else could we do? A knit pencil skirt that isn’t clingy? A knit trench coat? What would you most like to see in stretch?

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§ 21 Responses to 26 March 2010 – Supermom Blazer"

  1. Renee says:

    Ah, I need to own one of these! I love how blazers nip in at the waist, but I’m one of those annoying What Not To Wear people that can’t stand having their arms feel constricted like that. this is going on my To Buy list!

  2. Sara says:

    Hi! I LOVE this post bc you’re getting at a new discovery for me too. I recently bought a blazer from Anthropologie that is crafted from French terry, which seriously feels like a sweatshirt but looks uber professional. Bonus is that the cuffs are lined with a floral fabric so on less formal days I can wear the cuffs rolled up for some springy flair. Roll the cuffs down and it’s a pretty standard pinstriped blazer (made out of a sweatshirt!!). This purpose inspired me to buy the Gap two button blazer and they have become immediate wardrobe staples. Hurrah for stretchy structured wardrobe basics! (pee ess- Ann Loft has a ponte pencil skirt now- It is a little sheer, so may need a slip, but so comfy!).

  3. Nikki says:

    You are seriously the cutest Mom!

  4. Jane W. says:

    I would love to see a structured, stretch boatneck top and matching pencil skirt, al a Diana Vreeland. That blazer is great!

  5. Jordan says:

    Last season, I bought a pieced navy blue pencil skirt that is of knit material… I LOVE it. It holds it’s shape beautifully, fits well without being clingy, dresses up or down well, and is just a really attractive skirt.
    To top it all off, I got it at Forever 21 for only $13!

  6. Rose says:

    So cute and true! In the Fall of 2008 I bought a knit non-clingy pencil skirt in gray from New York and Company. I love it! It is super chic and comfortable. I then brought a bright teal one this past fall out of the same thick knit material and also not clingy. If you are really interested, I would check them out.

  7. Eli says:

    Love this! I have a cotton motorcycle jacket that I wear in similar vein as in why didnt anyone think of this before?!?

    anyhow, this is a great look

  8. E says:

    As someone with terrible bunions, I can’t wear heels, wedges (or most professional looking shoes, really) so it was really nice to see you wear sneakers so stylishly. I especially like that the sneakers provide a pop to colour to an otherwise neutral outfit.

  9. E says:

    I just thought of something I would like to see: shoe or jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) tutorials.

  10. Hi girls! I´form Brazil and I loooove your blog. I visit you every single day. I have a fashion blog too, its name is Achados de Moda and it means Fashion Finds. I would like to write about you on BLOG OD THE DAY. If you don´t mind, off course. May I?


  11. Hi girls! I´from Brazil and I loooove your blog. I visit you every single day. I have a fashion blog too, its name is Achados de Moda and it means Fashion Finds. I would like to write about you on BLOG OF THE DAY. If you don´t mind, off course. May I?


  12. I LOVE that blazer. LOVE. Is it still online anywhere? And as a fellow-mother, I fully appreciate the glories of those magical words – machine washable…

  13. EmilyKennedy says:

    Hey E, I have a pair of ponte knit pants by Daisy Fuentes from Kohl’s that are very similar, but here’s the thing: whenever I wear them I get ridiculously shy about how form fitting they are on the backside. I like my rear, no complaints, but do you worry at all that ponte pants are a bit too close to leggings in that way, or is it just me?

    (These is the beez if it matters: http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/brandswomen/daisyfuentes/bottoms/PRD~606103/daisy+fuentes+StraightLeg+Ponte+Pants.jsp)

  14. Haley says:

    I have a knit pencil skirt from American Apparel that can make the transition from professional to casual to date night easily. It’s thick enough to be warm in the winter with tights and boots, holds shape well, and comes in a variety of great colors. The AA interlock skirts are my most versatile (and packable) skirts. Just make sure to not put them in the dryer!

  15. Dawn says:

    I love how these outfits not only look professional, but they’re pretty. Feeling pretty is important, I can forget that sometimes when we’re trying to look professional we don’t have to look bland!
    Thanks again for the inspirational posts.


  16. Vanessa says:

    You look great– love the sneakers!

  17. *gasp!* Knit! I never thought of that. I should buy me one. Or two.

  18. Charlotte says:

    what a fantastic outfit!! love the blazer!!
    so happy to have stumbled over your blog :]]]


  19. Lauren says:

    Thumbs up for this outfit! I think regular leggings are either too thin or too trendy-looking, so these AT trousers seem great. But, I cringe thinking about the awful versions at New York & Company (hello pinstripe pajama pants!). Guess you have to be careful about fit and quality so as to not look schlubby.

  20. [...] ensemble. Not bad for an outfit that marries two of my favorite stretchy wardrobe staples: my knit blazer and skinny ponte [...]

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