December 13, 2012 - Ask Alison, Easy Outfits, Style

Ask Alison | Style My Striped Cardi

It’s time for Ask Alison, my feature where I answer reader submitted questions about style challenges.   Here’s today’s dilemma:

Hi Alison.  I have a Payday Pretty purchase – a pink and beige striped cardigan from H&M.  I can’t figure out a good way to pair it up with anything.  I’ve tried a white oxford and a chambray shirt, but it just doesn’t look pulled together.  Can you help? – Judy

First off, yay for your Payday Pretty! I get super excited every time someone tells me they’re participating.  Like, pee my pants excited!

Of course, I’d love to help out.  Since I couldn’t find your exact cardigan online, I took the photo you sent me and styled a similar one.  These two different looks for work and play both incorporate one of my favorite trends – mixing stripes with polka dots.

Work – Layer the cardigan over a mini polka dot printed sheer blouse.  Pair it up with dress pants and suede pumps.  Add some layered necklaces, an armful of bangles and a dangly pair of chandelier earrings to complete out this office ready look.

Play – Start with a lightweight long and lean t-shirt for your base.  Pair it up with some light pink skinny jeans and tie on a ruffled polka dot scarf.  Finish off this look with suede booties and a simple beaded bracelet and earrings.


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  1. I love the ways you styled the cardigan. I absolutely love the work look! Be on the lookout for a Payday Pretty post from me. I did some much needed retail therapy last night and it felt good 🙂 Heather

  2. I like them both! I think I’m going to have to participate. I have a pair of boots that I got for a steal and although I can semi-see how I should wear them, I have NO idea what to wear them with.

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