Dressed for: Last Dance

Already Pretty outfit featuring Obey sweatshirt, black skinny jeans, Steve Madden boots, fringe handbag

Shirt – Obey via Twice
Jeans – CAbi (no longer available) – similar
Boots – Steve Madden (no longer available) – similar look
Earrings courtesy Silvercocoon
Bag – partial DIY (tutorial to come) – similar

These moto-detail jeans stuck around through many rounds of closet purging, but this was their final outing. I was convinced to order a size 6 – not sure what I was smoking at the time – and they’re lower rise than I prefer. So they cut into my midsection in a most uncomfortable way. (Hence the roomy sweatshirt.) I’ve since tracked down some moto leggings – similar to these – that have similar design features and are far comfier. These jeans were certainly badass, but badass doesn’t trump uncomfortable.


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Already Prettypoll: Care Instructions

I have transformed a few sweaters into potholders in the wash and caused the occasional rayon garment to shrink into unwearable tightness. Because although I follow garment care instructions about 85% of the time, I just cannot believe that an unembellished cotton/spandex top needs to be dry cleaned. AND. I’ve had many experiences where the instructions want me to dry a garment flat, and doing so leaves weirdly deep, totally un-iron-able creases everywhere while 10 minutes in the dryer makes it look perfect. For truly delicate garments, I hand wash, but most get put through my machine’s delicate cycle. It’s risky, but sometimes I save myself time, money, and aggravation and sometimes going against care instructions works better than following them.

And you? Are you a stickler for following garment care instructions to the letter? Or do you trust your own judgment based on fiber knowledge? A little of both? Any guidelines for when “dry clean only” is a lie? Any horror stories that have forced you to lauder exactly as instructed forever?

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Knit Jackets

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Not quite anonymous requested a few picks for knit jackets that will work in a business casual environment, so here we go:

knit blazer

Olivia Moon Ruched Sleeve Jacket – was $79.50, now $47.70

Confession: This request was for any style of jacket, but I’m gonna give you mostly blazers. Because otherwise we’re either talking moto style knit jackets – which we covered recently here – or styles that aren’t quite dressy enough for the workplace. Would love other suggestions, if you have them! In the meantime, this knit blazer has a sleek shape but the ruched sleeves keep it from feeling too formal. Available in this mocha color as well as black, heather gray, and green in sizes XS – XL, including some petite sizes. Size availability varies by color. This similar style comes in black and heather gray in sizes 18W – 26W.

gap knit blazer

Gap Classic Ponte Twill Blazer – was $88, now $44.09
with code HAPPY

A great option if you prefer a two-button fit and higher stance. This blazer has some seamed shaping and roomy external pockets. Fully lined for easy fit and extra warmth! Available in sizes 0 -20, as well as some petite and tall sizes. Also in a denim-y heather blue. Couldn’t find a two-button knit option, but this blazer comes in three colors of ponte knit in sizes 14 – 28.


NIC+ZOE Bates Jacket – was $198, now $89.99

My lone non-blazer, but SUCH a cute one. Jackets with multi-button closures like this often look great buttoned and sloppy unbuttoned, but I think this little guy looks fab open or closed. Cute with pants for sure, but would also look great with a dress and tall boots. Available in sizes XS – XL. Couldn’t find anything truly similar, but this double-breasted blazer has a similar shape in sizes 14W – 24W.

animal print knit blazer

RACHEL Rachel Roy Animal-Print Knit Blazer – was $109, now $79.99

What a fun way to wear animal print in a non-neutral palette. This knit blazer has a streamlined, collarless shape and single-button closure. This would look great with gray, olive, or burgundy. Available in sizes XS – XXL.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for knit jackets:

  1. Nordstrom – In my opinion, the best selection around. Some are motos and other casual styles, but there are also more polished options like this microcheck ponte blazer.
  2. Piperlime – Consistently stocks knit and ponte blazers and jackets. If you can do a moto at work, this sweater one is darling.
  3. Land’s End – A handful of blazers and jackets, petite and plus sizes for some.

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