Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Style Help: 3 Ways to Wear a Striped Blazer

I was pretty much avoiding the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale until Jean from Extra Petite did me in.  She posted this grey and white striped knit blazer, which filled my eyes with tiny little cartoon hearts, and then I was done for.    

Target had a similar blazer, which is now only available in sizes 12/16/18, and its original price at $35 is extremely comparable to the Nordstrom blazer which is $39 on sale.  I have a black and white striped knit blazer that I like a lot, but I've also wanted a light grey one as it's not as harsh as black and white.  Knit blazers are amazing too because they feel like sweatshirts but are so, so, so much more polished.  Also, sometimes people write telling me they like the look of blazers but don't need to be that "professional" looking.  This is another reason why a knit blazer is amazing.  The sweatshirt-like material is great for not seeming too over dressed, but if you pair it with the right things it can still look somewhat professional

I ordered this one from Nordstrom and am waiting for it to be delivered.  And, two huuuuuge thumbs up for Nordstrom's free shipping and free returns!  

Clearly I'm excited about this blazer because I whipped up a post on its behalf!  Below I created 3 looks, taking this blazer from work to casual to a night out.

Outfit 1 - Office
Pair a white tee with a khaki skirt and complete it with the striped blazer for an office look.  I love that the color palette is on the softer side, so I added pops of coral/pink to keep things lighter.  If you're not into pink flats, you could easily do a neutral tan or brown shoe to polish off the look.  

I've been seeing this pencil skirt at Target and keep wanting to try it.  I can't try it on until I can fit into normal clothes again, so I hope it's still around by then!  Anyone have it?  Thoughts?  

Shop Outfit #1:
Blazer: Nordstrom
Skirt: Target
Necklace: Forever 21

Outfit 2 - Errands & Hanging Out
Here's a laid back, yet pulled together look for errands, hanging out, or bustling around town.  Boyfriend jeans relax the look, and a pop of color in the tank keeps it upbeat!  

Shop Outfit #2:
Blazer: Nordstrom
Tank: Old Navy
Boyfriend Jeans: Target
Shoes: H&M

Outfit 3 - Going Out
I paired the blazer with a dress and pale pink and gold accessories.  I chose a metallic sandal with only a slight wedge that might as well be a flat to keep it a little more low key.  I personally don't have super fancy date nights, but if you do, you could easily take this up a notch with some killer heels.

Let's talk about this dress for a sec.  It comes in 4+ colors and is currently on sale for 50% off!!!!  It looks sooooo comfy but has nice draping and details which give it something extra--but at the price of a plain jersey dress at this sale price.  It also has has great reviews online and can definitely be dressed up or dressed down.  You could totally pair this with fancier jewelry and heels for a wedding or dress it down with sandals.  

Shop Outfit #3:
Blazer: Nordstrom
Dress: LOFT (sale for 50% off!)
Shoes: Target

I personally can't wait to try this blazer once it arrives!  


  1. I do love a good striped blazer, and this one looks perfect!

  2. I've bought 2 knit blazers but found out later that they are not a good fit. I'm dying to buy one that I can love. This one seems so cute! I especially love it in the casual hang out outfit you put together. Beijos!

  3. I've been avoiding the Nordstrom sale too, but this blazer is SO CUTE!

  4. Just ordered mine! I hope it fits! You are right about free shipping and returns!

  5. I love a striped blazer, well any blazer actually. I've acquired quite the blazer collection over the past few years. I love that you said your eyes filled with tiny heart cartoons. I've totally felt that way in the past about certain things. Looking forward to seeing how you style it.



  6. This is another reason why a knit blazer is amazing. The sweatshirt-like material is great for not seeming too over dressed, but if you pair it with the right things it can still look somewhat professional http://crazyparts.nl/FQqHiX

  7. I own that Target pencil skirt (in black) and it is my very favorite thing in my closet. It fits beautifully, the fabric is gorgeous, and it has POCKETS. I buy 95% of my clothing at thrift and consignment stores, and the skirt was given to me as a gift. When it had a laundry mishap a couple months later, I went right out and bought a replacement-- even though it costs about six times what I usually spend on skirts. So versatile and comfortable! It does a fabulous job of slimming down my post-baby tummy!

  8. Oh, man. That looks like a great blazer in all the color options... and it's got petite options, which I find very helpful as nothing at Target fits my shortness. I had successfully avoided this sale too, but I think maybe I need an olive one? Love your casual outfit option here!

  9. oh gosh, now I think I need this one, Seriously I think everyday this week I've gotten a box from Nordies..I have a problem.

  10. I LOVE the hanging out outfit. I'd wear that to karaoke!

  11. And...now I have the cartoon eyes.

  12. I saw Jean post this blazer and I was tempted, but now you had to go and post it too! Darn you Audrey!

  13. I love all three outfits!


  14. i used to wear blazers all the time... (thrift store little boys section mostly haha). i have been looking for a striped knit blazer for years. i tried the one from shade that you have, but they were out of my size, and i haven't really found any that i love yet... so i'm gonna try this one (fingers double crossed!) i can't wait to see how you style it, so i can get more ideas (aka, copy you!)

  15. I was good. I only looked at other blogger's picks but didn't touch (my credit card to purchase, that is)!


  16. I have the target pencil skirt in khaki and I bought it last year, so I think it'll stillbeavailable in a few months when you are back in regular clothes.


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