22 April 2010

April 22nd, 2010 § 11 comments

22 April 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.


  • Blue Blazer – F21
  • Pinstripe Skirt – Gap
  • Green Ruffle Tank – Old Navy
  • Green Flats – Banana Republic


I had good intentions of giving florals a fair shot today, but stripes once again won out.  I tried adding floral accessories for a bit of pattern mixing, but I like the mix of the double stripes better.  I promise I’ll try harder tomorrow!

Double Stripes, originally uploaded by academichic.

I love both this full skirt and this short-sleeved navy blazer and have worn both many times, including a few times paired together.  In fact, I have worn both so much that they have both seen much better days.  The skirt has a small tear in the front that I expect will only grow and the blazer is continuing to fade and loose its shape.  So, I am now on a mission to replace these wardrobe staples.  Today starts my official quest to find a lightweight full skirt in a neutral color and a short or 3/4 sleeved navy blazer.  And, I am enlisting your help!  If you find anything that you think fits the bill, leave a comment here or shoot me an email.  I’ll be sure to report back on my own finds.  A.

22 April 2010, originally uploaded by academichic.

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§ 11 Responses to 22 April 2010"

  1. Rebecca says:

    That skirt! I DIE. It’s awesome!

  2. Jenn says:

    Oooh. This gives me ideas, because I have a very similar skirt and I’ve been wanting to style it with ribbon. Now all I need is the right jacket…

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Kathryn says:

    I have no tips for replacing either, but to help the fade on the jacket you could always overdye it navy to get the crisp color back- as for the shape I can’t help there though.

  4. A-C says:

    If you find a replacement to this skirt, PLEASE let me know! It is beautiful! Pairing it with the blazer is a perfect outfit. Good luck finding replacements.

  5. Mari says:

    F21 still sells those blazers. Actually they sell a veritable ton of short-sleeve blazers and I bought a navy blue one just like yours when I was there this winter.

    I too am fond of the short-sleeved blazer to add a bit of professionalism and structure to outfits without becoming too formal.

  6. Oh, stripes are good substitute to florals sometimes. :)

  7. C says:

    I’m with ya on the short sleeve blazer! Not sure what your budget is but Ann Taylor loft has one very similar to the one you’re wearing:

  8. admin says:

    Thanks for the link C. This is a great find! It is a bit expensive for me but I think I am willing to spend a bit more this time around since I know it will be such a staple. I’m a little hesitant about the attached belt since I love to swap belts out, but I will definitely be heading to Ann Taylor Loft to try this one on. Thanks!!

  9. [...] Being in a department with A. and E. meant that I saw them almost everyday, and while it took about a year and a half of admiring their outfits for me to start caring about what I looked like, their style is nothing short of infectious (I was trying to dress like them before I even knew they had started Academichic!). I will never forget the day last spring when I was having a total wardrobe meltdown, you know, the ones where you have every article of clothing that you own strewn across the floor, draped over hangers, and tossed on your bed? I was having one of those mornings and I was running late, and I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “What would A. wear?” And it worked! I pulled out a full skirt, a camisole, t-shirt, and light cardigan for layering, a wide belt, a drape-y scarf, and a cropped blazer. Bam! I had belted, I had blazered, and I had layered. For the rest of the year I tried to model my dressier outfits after E. and A., and I was more than a little proud of myself when I showed up one day in almost the exact same combination as A. [...]

  10. [...] I wear it with jeans to dress them up, cords as another (albeit preppy) layer, or full skirts (ala A. in this post). Finally, I was still a little chilly despite the shirt, sweater and jacket on top, so I grabbed [...]

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