Washable Workwear Wednesday: Tweed Knit Jacket

washable tweed knit jacket If you like the look of tweed jackets — but are committed to only wearing machine washable clothes due to kid/pet/other reasons — then note that Ming Wang often has knit jackets that have a tweed-type look. To me this is a bit much with the matching shell — for some reason I’m seeing it with, for example, a light blue shell and gray pants — but you do you. The jacket is $325 at Nordstrom. Tweed Knit Jacket

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry, but that jacket screams elderly church lady.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agree. My mom would buy this for me for Christmas because she thinks we like the same stuff (she’s 65, we don’t).

    • Legally Brunette says:

      YES! This jacket is awful.

    • Clementine says:

      Hard pass from me.

    • Anonanonanon says:

      With some work it could be made not-awful (maybe over a shift dress and the right accessories?) but who wants to spend $325 on an item of clothing you have to work to make “not awful”

    • avocado says:

      This jacket is for a Woman of a Certain Age. I am not that age. I will never be that age even when the calendar says I have attained that age.

    • Redux says:

      Um, I love this jacket.

  2. PregLawyer says:

    Pregnancy hormone overload of the week – I’m like, really really in love with my husband right now. Not in a horny way, just in a sentimental way. It’s weird. It’s a nice quirk to have, but it’s kind of distracting. And he is HIGHLY amused by it, and totally milking it. Sigh.

    • Anonanonanon says:

      That’s a fun phase. Now I’m in the phase where I just want to growl at my husband and son and go off to hide in a cave snapping at anyone who comes near until birth. Hormones are fun!

  3. anne-on says:

    Random plug, but thought this might be useful to other moms. We’re renovating our master bath, and as part of that process it occurred to me to ask my plumber to install a shower rail that adds a hand shower to our existing shower in our son’s bath. This was maybe $500 in materials and labor and is SO AMAZING.
    Kiddo insists on taking a shower by himself and the handshower option makes it a million times easier to get his hair clean. It is also great for rinsing off muddy feet in the tub/getting weird spots he can’t quite reach in the bath/bathing multiple kids at one time in a bath with clean water and (if you have a smaller dog than our massive lab) washing pets. Highly recommend and kicking myself for not doing this sooner considering it required no access to behind the wall plumbing.

    • mascot says:

      Yes! We’ve added detachable showerheads with long hoses to our walk-in showers over the years for washing the dogs. The rail option makes it even easier to adjust the height for kids.

      • PregLawyer says:

        The rail option is awesome. My 2.5 year old is a bit hesitant about the shower, but we’ve been pushing it a bit to save time because baths take SO LONG sometimes. He is much more into the shower when the shower head is way lower, or when I just use the handshower option.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed, handshowers are great for kids. They don’t need to be that expensive either (although the cheaper solutions are probably uglier than anne-ons!). In our last rental my husband installed a cheap one to the shower head and my son loved to play with it. We bought an apartment a year ago and didn’t get one and my son still talks about how he misses it. It’s on the to do list.

  4. OK ladies, give me all your back to work tips!

    From the archives, I’ve already decided to
    1) ramp up by only doing half days the first week
    2) kiddo will be at home with grandma/daddy for the first month, so no daycare dropoff/pickup initially
    3) scheduled 1:1s with team members to catch up when I’m back

    I have a dedicated work pump that I will leave in the lactation room.

    What am I missing?

    • Anonymous says:

      Allow yourself 3-6 months to adjust. You may feel a range of emotions about returning to work, your ability to do your job, how your child is handling the transition, etc. Hormones and exhaustion will probably make it feel worse. So be kind to yourself and your partner.

      • Anon in NYC says:

        Yes. Expect to feel really unprepared, like you can’t get your head in the game, inefficient, and frustrated with how few hours you can/want to spend in the office. Brain fog didn’t really lift for me until my daughter was 18 months!

        • Thank you. The exhaustion is what scares me. We’re entering the four month sleep regression and it is no fun. I try to remind myself that I slept fewer hours than this every night in college and managed to make it to classes and practice every day. I was also 10 years younger…..

        • Boston Legal Eagle says:

          I’m still in this fog and my son is 18+ months. I have a feeling this is just my new normal! I think that my priorities have definitely shifted away from work, which is definitely a good thing long term, but I’m still adjusting to this shift.

    • anne-on says:

      Find some go to ‘easy’ weeknight meals for yourself/husband /grandma to prep for you during the week so cooking a healthy dinner is as automated as possible.
      Set up deliveries of as many things as you can – diapers, pet food, paper towels/napkins/etc. so that you’re maximizing your weekend/evening time.
      If you work out try to identify and ‘defend’ one or two nights a week as your nights to work out. I also strongly advocate setting up a rotation of who is ‘on’ for bedtime each night so that you both get a break (even if you’re nursing he can bathe the baby and get her into PJs on ‘his’ nights)
      Find (or buy) a work uniform – things that you know you feel good in, match, and are easy to care for. Bonus points for setting out your clothing/jewelry/work bag/lunch the night before.
      Basically, the more you can do the night before (pack work bag, pack daycare bag, prep breakfast, prep next day’s dinner, etc.) the better. The person who is not ‘on’ for bedtime that night should also be in charge of setting out baby things for the next day.
      Protect your time off fiercely, nobody else will magically give you work life balance if you don’t enforce it yourself.

    • Blueberry says:

      The comments above are spot on.

      In addition:

      Is there any way you can possibly pump in an office rather than a lactation room? If you are able to stay connected, it saves soo much time.

      Have you figured out if your work clothes fit, and if they will function well with pumping? I could never wear dresses while pumping so mostly used shirts that I would just pull up, but I know everyone has their own preference.

      Know that there is a high probability that things will feel completely off the rails for a few days/months(/years…). This is okay. Head down.

      • We’re 100% cubicles, so no option for using an office. I’m planning to go through emails on my phone or take calls (or just zone out and read this s!te lol). I don’t have a billable hour requirement, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

        My work clothes fit, tho some of the pants are a bit tight. I think most are pretty pumping-friendly already (shirts I can pull up if I wear a nursing tank underneath). I haven’t invested in anything new because I don’t know where I’ll end up weight wise or what I’ll like for pumping.

        I remember reading on here somewhere the tip to wear a slip around the house as you get ready and throw your dress on right before you leave to minimize accidents; I plan to do the same but w/ nursing tank and just throw my blouse on right before I leave. My son is a drool and spit up machine.

        • Blueberry says:

          Sounds like you’re going to rock it. If you haven’t already, buy a hands free pumping bra so you can do work with your hands while you’re pumping.

          • I started with a hands-free bra. I have NO idea how you even do it without one?? I mean, I know how physically but it never even occurred to me to do that. Especially because in the early days I had to hold baby and pump and sometimes feed him while pumping… ugh. Glad that is all over with!

        • FTMinFL says:

          +1 to all suggestions above. As a variation on the not getting completely ready until you leave strategy, I get completely dressed then put on a robe over my clothes before my kids wake up. The way my brain goes, I would be likely to forget the blouse until I sat down in my office!

          On that note, it has been supremely helpful to me to write down everything at work. Sleep deprivation means that I don’t have the brain capacity to remember the details of each conversation or meeting, but if I write it down in real time my brain can chill out some, I’m more productive, and I don’t miss things. Good luck!

          • oh GENIUS on the robe! I like that, especially as it gets colder. Now that the PP sweating as finally ended, lol.

          • yes on the robe! I wear a giant old t-shirt of my husband’s over my work clothes that I call “the mom smock.” One time I arrived at work, unzipped my coat, and found that I still had the mom smock on.

      • Boston Legal Eagle says:

        I actually didn’t mind pumping in a lactation room – I don’t have an office but I kind of liked the separation between work and non-work, and it let me rest for a bit. I also didn’t have to worry about spilling on my computer or having the awkwardness of someone knock on my door while mid-pump. I usually just took a break around those times, but you can of course respond on your phone if you need to. I was able to leave my pump in there too, and our room has a sink and fridge, which is helpful.

        This is not directly related to work, but you mentioned you are doing daycare. Figure out your back-up care for sick days/closures as soon as you can. Unless you have a ton of sick days and a culture that supports taking these (more should! but – reality), you’re not going to want to stay home every time the baby is sick, which can be a lot in the beginning. If you have family nearby who is willing to come by, that makes it so much easier.

        • Anonymous says:

          + 1. I produced milk when I could close by eyes and daydream of baby while pumping. The brief relaxation really helped.

    • Legally Brunette says:

      Start back on a Wednesday so it’s a short week. Good luck!

    • One more: have some cute pictures of baby in a favorites folder for easy access. Everyone will ask you for pics and – incredibly – some will just scroll through your phone pictures when you show them a picture. Having all baby work-safe pics eliminates any potential embarrassing issues.

      And, while it is personal, I found button down shirts the best for pumping b/c I could have a cami on under and leave it open, which feels a lot less naked. For size fluctuation/no gaping, I really liked the Loft utility blouse. Also, not sure if I missed it, but if you don’t have a hands free bra, it’s a must.

      • NewMomAnon says:

        Oh gosh….a week after I started back at work, kiddo developed a digestive issue that required me to take pictures of dirty diapers and send the pictures to the pediatrician. I remember people taking my phone and just starting to scroll through my pictures and surprise! POOP!

        I set up a folder on my phone with kiddo pictures after that.

      • If you have an iphone, you can just “favorite” some of the cutest pictures. That’ll automatically put the photos in a “favorites” album, which I used when people asked to see photos. Actually, I still do this, although I just go to the last several photos if someone asks to see a picture.

        You can probably do this on other phones, but I don’t know the exact mechanics.

  5. I’m 18 weeks. If I hear one more person tell me “this is the easy part of pregnancy!” or suggest how I’m supposed to be feeling, I’m going to scream. I’m getting over a 3-week -long cold/sinus thing and I haven’t slept well in forever – my incredibly comfortable/never once complained about memory foam bed is the most uncomfortable thing in the world right now. Our HVAC is broken today, and my office is sweltering. My [email protected] is digging into me from front to back. Tell me it gets better…? I could cry right now and just want to curl up and go home.

    • It does get better! Or maybe it doesn’t, but you just get used to it and it’s not as bad. I actually felt the worst in my 2nd trimester and the fact that I was supposed to be in the “good” phase just made me anxious about what was wrong. I’m in my 3rd now and while I don’t feel fantastic, I feel way better than I did before.

    • Anonymous says:

      For me there really was no easy/fun part but you are almost halfway done, and you will feel better when your cold goes away. And please, get yourself a pregnancy pillow, a comfy bra, and a fan STAT!

    • Anon in NYC says:

      lol, I hear you. Pregnancy was not comfortable for me. I just need to suggest that you go and get sized for a new bra asap – like this weekend if possible! I waited too long because I was cheap and didn’t want to spend the money, but it honestly felt a thousand times better once I got some bras that fit better. I had gone up a band size and 2-3 cup sizes, so it was insane.

      • FTMinFL says:

        Yes! I spent most of my first pregnancy in uncomfortable bras because I was too cheap to get fitted again every 4-6 weeks. I made it a line item in our budget for the second pregnancy!

        Also, unless they are completely worn out, save all bras purchased during pregnancy because, um, what goes up must come down… You’ll be glad to have them in a pinch!

    • 2 Cents says:

      18 weeks here too, and I keep hearing how “awesome” I’m supposed to feel. *eyeroll* I’ve had many a 10-minute crying session in my car in recent weeks too. In other words, I’m right there with you! *hugs*

      I’m wearing a Motherhood Maternity nursing sports bra right now that’s super comfy — no wires! — and was less than $20 with one of their (constant) sales.

  6. To last anon says:

    My pregnancy was basically horrible and the best part was my (very short) third trimester. There was very little worse than people telling me how wonderful it was when I felt like complete garbage. This will all be a distant memory when your kid is born. Hang in there and just shoot some dirty looks once in a while if it makes you feel better!

    • i’m pregnant with my first and only 10 weeks, and while i am thrilled to be pregnant (took us a while to conceive), i HATE being pregnant. i’m glad to hear it is not just me bc i was starting to feel guilty/ungrateful that i’m not loving it, when i know of many people also dealing with infertility who still aren’t pregnant.

  7. I’m a little worried about a friend who is about 2 months post partum. She seems sad, isn’t getting along with her husband, and is talking about quitting her job and moving back to her hometown. She’s been saying things like that she’s never liked it here in our city, and she’s never liked her job, when before she gave birth she didn’t really indicate those things, at least to me. How can I support her through this? We text a lot but have not hung out since she gave birth.

    • Anonymous says:

      Go see her. Offer to bring coffee to her or to pick her up and take her to brunch, whatever works for her. She needs to get out of the house. Encourage her to realize that making huge decisions right now isn’t the best idea until she’s had a chance to adjust to motherhood. Maybe she does want to move back to her hometown, but quitting her job isn’t going to accomplish that. She needs to look for a job there first. Don’t try to take choices off the table or talk her out of stuff but encourage her to talk the pressure off herself. If you are worried about PPD, encourage her to see her doctor.

      Getting out for a walk once a day made a huge difference for me. If you’re able, maybe you could suggest getting together for a weekly lunchtime walk? Maybe she could meet you in a park near your office?

    • PregLawyer says:

      It made me feel better when I had PPD to talk about it with other moms, and know that it’s a really normal, common thing. I would offer her a chance to talk about that with you – it sounds like she has it, from what I can gather from your short comment.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      Did you deal with PPD? I did, and I’ve made it a point to talk about my experiences with new moms and talk about the resources I found and how much I enjoy being a non-depressed mother. Because what I really needed postpartum was for someone to say, “Hey, it doesn’t have to feel this bad. Can I help you get help?” Just the project of finding a therapist felt so daunting.

      I’d suggest coming to that conversation with the contact info of a therapist and a resource center for new mothers (if there are any in your area).

  8. Metallica says:

    My almost-four-month-old keeps kicking off everything I put on her feet. Yesterday she sent her little faux Ugg (fugg?) boots flying across the living room. We have cold weather now and she needs stuff on her feet so no one calls CPS—any suggestions from the Mom Hive?

  9. In House Lobbyist says:

    I’m thinking of getting my 4 and 7 year old rolling luggage for Christmas since grandparents will not buy something use like that. Anyone have any good recommendations? Ideally, I would like something that would last several years and not fall apart after the first use. They have duffle bags but I thought a rolling suitcase might be good now that they are getting older.

  10. Blowouts! says:

    My almost 8 month old son has started having daily (or more frequent) blowouts in the past few weeks. My older child never had this issue so I’m trying to figure out causation. We have recently stepped up the solid foods (mostly purees) and it seems to be linked to the increase. I plan to talk to his pediatrician about it but thought I’d reach out here for suggestions on what might be causing it and what to do differently. Thanks!

    • Toddler says:

      Go up 1 size in diapers?

      • Anonymous says:

        +1

        We always had to go up a size in Pampers about 1-2 lbs before the max weight. The max weights were never accurate for us.

      • Edna Mazur says:

        +2 This is what I came to say too.

      • PregLawyer says:

        You may just have a big pooper. My son is that way. Size up in diapers, and just be prepared for a poopier child.

    • NewMomAnon says:

      Blowouts were a common feature of kiddo’s infancy…they morphed when she started crawling at 7 months because the diapers that had worked so well for a stationary baby didn’t have the recovery to seal all the gaps once she started moving. We switched to a kind that was more stretchy at about 8 months; might have been a transition from Pampers to Huggies? I don’t remember very well….although it was a Super Important Decision at the time.

      Try a small pack of a different size or different brand. If blowouts are still a thing, try a different one.

      • I lol’d at Super Important Decision. At that the truth about everything with parenting, especially early on?

  11. Blowouts! says:

    Will try. He is at the bottom range of size threes (I think he is about 17-18 lbs) but maybe fours will contain. Thanks all!

  12. AwayEmily says:

    We were planning on asking for one of those Pottery Barn Anywhere chairs (or equivalent from some other company) for Christmas for our 20-month old. Any guidance on what brand is good? Or what size, if you recommend the Pottery Barn one? (they appear to have 3 different sizes)

    • FTMinFL says:

      Ugly sofa dot com has equivalents (or just PB overstocks?) for half the price of PB – same dimensions, slipcovers, etc. You can choose from pre-monogrammed slipcovers or they will personalize the slipcover for you for free. The only downside is that they don’t always have the color/fabric combination that you want.

      We got the mini size for my son when he was an infant. If I were to get him one now at 25 months I would get the regular size, and he’s very small for his age.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are my hero! I was trying to order one of these from PB for my daughter for her birthday next month and they are on backorder until just about xmas. I just got one for less money with her name already on it (and it’s not a normal spelling). This is amazeballs! Thank you!!!!

    • Delta Dawn says:

      I would get the regular size– the teeny one won’t last as long, but my son did well in the regular size even as an infant and still uses it at age 2, with plenty of room to grow. The biggest one seems too big, to me. I would buy the PB inserts, but not full price or not from PB. They are on eBay or facebook martketplace often. Then you can order a slipcover (new, monogrammed, whatever) from PB. I paid full price for the full new chair for my son and will not do that again for our second child, though I do want to get second child the exact same chair. Just no reason to pay the PB markup for it.

    • 12345 says:

      We considered one of those but went with a monogrammed pottery barn beanbag chair instead. I feel very good about this decision because my kid loves it and it’s comfortable for adults to sit in too and usually ends up being extra seating at parties.

  13. TCFKAG says:

    Test 123.

    Also, I totally love the coat (maybe not with the matching shirt) – wonder how it would look on a decidedly unpregnant person.

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