Dress, Cardigan, Sweater, Boots and Thoughts on WIWS

Here’s what I wore to Mass today:

I’m linking up with the ladies at FL&P today.  It’s been a while.  The number of bloggers participating in the What I Wore Sunday linkup has declined, and that makes me sad.  It’s been such a fun activity.  I’ve gotten some great outfit ideas and, more importantly, met some great bloggers.  Bloggy friendships aren’t the same as real-life friendships, but I still think they enrich my life.

At the same time . . . I wonder if anyone feels the same way I do: that it’s a bit weird to keep posting pictures of oneself week after week.  I don’t mean to fish for compliments.  I really don’t.

I don’t think less of others when they post outfit shots, so why should I feel uncomfortable with it myself?  I don’t know.  When you put together a nice outfit, I like to read about it on your blog.  So when I put together a nice outfit, I like to blog about it.

Just don’t feel like you need to leave a compliment if you don’t want to.


Happy Sunday!

Battle of the Blazers (and Cardigans) {7QT}

— 1 —

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been on the lookout for a navy blazer for this year’s fall/winter momiform.  I have a navy corduroy blazer that I turned to often last year.  I would grab it and go whenever I needed to throw on a jacket, just like I would have worn a windbreaker in years past.


^^ The poor picture quality above disguises the fact that . . .


^^ it is faded and just looks . . . sloppy.

 I bought it second-hand for $12 and wore it a lot so I feel ready to trade up.


  • Navy blue (my new, go-to neutral)
  • Stretchy enough to avoid rips when I wrangle the kids
  • Gold buttons

So here’s how it went:

— 2 —

Up until taking photos for this post, I thought this blazer was the one:

Banana Republic Faux Double-Breasted Blazer       (no longer available)

I bought it in a Tall and ordered a size up, because I thought I wanted an oversized “boyfriend” fit.  (I’ve been smitten with the idea ever since I saw how Mary could turn an everyday outfit into a date night outfit just by throwing on her blazer here.)

I don’t know if it’s the double row of buttons or my broad shoulders or what, but I don’t think this works for me.


although it did pass the stretch and reach test:


and the karate chop test:


— 3 —

Another blazer I tried is this one from Forever 21 (or “Love 21;” is there a difference?):

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

It’s not terrible but not great either:

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

Nautical Button Blazer from Forever 21

and its 2% spandex content is not enough to pass my flexibility  standards.


— 4 —

I like this Anne Klein blazer from Lord & Taylor:


but it also doesn’t pass the stretch test, and is best for those with this type of lifestyle:

and anyway it’s no longer available so who cares.

— 5 —

The winner is this knit number from Lands’ End:


It’s hard to see here (it was dark out by this point in our photo shoot), but it’s the same one that Erika has here.

No gold buttons.  Boo!  But maybe I’ll sew some on?

Aaaand it’s no longer available.  I bought it on super-duper clearance.  But these are similar and Lands’ End is running a 30% off promotion through August 26:

— 6 —

I’m procrastinating on more important priorities as I write this, so I put together a little collection of other blazers that seem to have mom-friendly stretch potential (click on the image to go to the Polyvore page with links to each item):

Potentially mom-friendly blazers

Potentially mom-friendly blazers

— 7 —

Finally, I found a cardigan I really like: the American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan (not to be confused with the “Lightweight Boyfriend Cardigan,” which I don’t like so much).

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

American Eagle Solid Boyfriend Cardigan

Tee hee, the names of those cardigans gave me this visual like:

“Solid boyfriend”

“Lightweight boyfriend”

Heh heh . . . ahem.

Anyway, American Eagle is running a 40% + free shipping promotion through Labor Day, so I thought I’d share.

Have a good weekend! Thank you, Jen at Conversion Diary, for hosting today’s link up!