Reader Q | How To Style A Navy & White Striped Knit Blazer?

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Reader Q:

Hello!

I am 9 month postpartum with twins and your site has really helped me get styling ideas for my new lifestyle and new body (read – huge boobs and poochy belly).  I recently picked up this knit blazer at Land's End to help me look polished but be able to move freely to keep up with my now mobile twins…


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…but everything I try it on with looks boring and predictable (like the model's outfit).  Do you have any ideas for mixing interesting colors or patterns or silhouettes with this blazer? 

Thanks for all your help!

– A


Answer:

Yeah…these blazers are surprisingly tough.  When they first popped onto the scene I was excited:  stripes AND a soft, sweat-shirty knit in a blazer?  Yessss!  But then…these blazers often look so darn preppy and, as you mentioned, predictable.  

The key, I think, is to pair these with slightly subversive pieces.  Which sounds scarier than it looks.  Here's three ways I'd style these babies up:

*Note:  In the collages, I'm using this Juicy Coture Blazer instead, simply because the pic was cleaner.  But the LE knit blazer will work nicely here too.

With Rockin' Denim 

Think any kind of rocker-chic denim:  tye-dye, destroyed, waxed, baroque, camo.  Something with a bit of a hardcore edge.  Pair with cool sneaks or ankle booties.

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(Outfit deets: Mother The Looker Tye-Dye Denim $220 | D&G Skinny Jeans | Gabriella Rocha Booties, $49 | Converse Dainty Sneaks $50)

 

Over Leggings (and Long Shirt)

What the what?????  Mamas…that sexy little star-print number is a nursing dress.  Holy. Moly.  I just pinned it.  

A, even if you don't splurge for this fah-bulous dress, layer your knit blazer over any short little dress and leggings.  Try Yummie Tummie's shaper leggings for pooch-control.

Mocs for day, heeled ankle booties for night. And black and navy are BFFs.  So don't worry about the navy/black/which-is-which game.  


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(Outfit deets: Boob Nursing Dress Before & After $115 | Gap Leggings, $20 | Minnetonka Studded Moc, $45)

With Shorts and Cute Shoes

Of course this is my hands-down fav.  You know me and my cut-offs.  Wear as pictured now, or with tights later. 

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(Outfit deets: AE denim shorts | TOMS Classics in Plum Cord, $54 | Vanessa Bruno Athe Wool Shorts, $225 | KORS Kempton Heels in Bordeux, $250)

 

Hope this helps!  Thanks for writing in!

xo,