I had mentioned, weeks ago, that I had purchased J.Crew’s Open Front Sweater Blazer. I’m constantly on the hunt for a good knit blazer – all of the polish of a structured jacket, but with the comfort of a sweater – and I have a tendency to wear the heck out of these pieces (work, travel, school functions, date night, even school drop-offs if I want a little polish).
This particular one caught my eye because it looked vaguely like this Theory topper I bought last year,. I mean, OK: it’s not nearly as fabulous, but…..it might be better for daily use, since the Theory jacket skews a little more firmly into outerwear category, and I’d argue that this J.Crew piece is decidedly a sweater.
Anyway, you be the judge.
I had several readers ask how I’m styling this particular piece, and if you follow me on Instagram (@shanachristine) you may have seen these pics before. In any case, here are the four outfits that have been on repeat these last few weeks…..(expect lots of sneakers).
cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (size xxs, for reference)
shoes: Adidas Superstars
sunglasses: Tory Burch Cat-eye Sunglasses
With High-Rise Jeans and Rocker Tees
I love the proportions of a really high-rise pant and longer cardigan. And of course, rock tees make everything better. (These are my new fav jeans, BTW.)
cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (xxs)
jeans: GRLFND x Revolve Jeans (size 25 for reference – I think these run a bit small. There’s no stretch, but they will soften up with time and get realllly comfortable. Kind of amazing.)
Black tank, black jeans, tan sweater – this one always works. Even with sneaks.
cardigan: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (xxs)
tank: Graphic Tank (similar)
jeans: AG Jeans
sneaks: Adidas Superstars
sunnies:Tory Burch Cat-eye Sunglasses
On Date Night, With a Silky Little Top
I mean…..it’s kinda perfect. Polished and comfy, and an offset to black lace and silk. I think a giant clutch would look better here than the crossbody bag. Next time.
cardi: J.crew Open-front Sweater Blazer (size xxs)
tank: Free People Cami (xs)
jeans: AG Jeans (similar) (size 24 for reference)
shoes: Free People Cecile Boots
Once the weather cools, one can wear it with black turtlenecks, skinnies, and OTK boots – just like my Theory topper. But until then, it’s a pretty great throw-on-over-everything kind of piece.
Hope this helps!