October 8, 2014 - Easy Outfits, I Feel Pretty, Style

Easy Outfits | Upgrade Your Jeans and Tee

Want a quick and easy way to upgrade your basic jeans and t-shirts for fall?  Just add a long cardigan and printed scarf.  This easy outfit formula is one that I turn to over and over.  The light layers are especially great for fall and spring.  Match a pair of colorful flats to one of the colors in the scarf to kick it up another notch.

Cardigan + Scarf + Jeans + T-shirt





[Cardigan:  Same/Scarf:  Similar/Ankle Jeans: Same/T-shirt:  Same/Flats:  Same/Watch:  Same/Bracelets:  Same/Purse:  Same]

It’s Your Turn:  What’s your favorite way to upgrade your jeans and tees?  Share it in the comments!

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  • Yes! You’ve cracked the formula! This is the perfect way to make jeans and a T-shirt super stylish. I love those teal flats.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • LOVE this color combo!

    • Isn’t it gorgeous, Jo-Lynne? 🙂

  • For this challenge I’ve shopped my closet, but this outfit makes me want to buy that cardi and scarf! I might have to do it! HA!!

    • Uh oh! 😉 They are my favorite pair!

  • I love the colors of this outfit! Such a cute look!


    • Thank you Jill! Can you tell I’m ready for fall??

  • Sooooooooooooo cute Alison! And such good advice! Loved this post!

    • Thank you! Time to visit yours to see what you have. 😉

  • This is such a cute outfit! I love the colors! Now the weather needs to cool off 🙂

    • I couldn’t agree more with you Sarah! Come on weather!

  • That’s a great formula, simple and practical!! This outfit is so cute on you. Love that scarf, really wanted it but they don’t carry that one in the Toronto stores:( The colour of your flats is so pretty too. Thanks for hosting Alison.
    Marta, xo

    • Thanks Marta. Can they ship out to you to Toronto?

  • Shannon

    Such a perfect Fall outfit! Love that scarf paired with the yellow cardi!

    <3 Shannon

    • Thanks Shannon. It’s my favorite scarf!

  • I agree, this is an easy formula that always seems to work. I love the color palette of this outfit! I’m eyeing that scarf. I’m so glad you found an option from Target. Guess who’s paying a visit to Target? 🙂 ~Cynthia

    • Have fun shopping at Target! You might be coming out with more than a scarf. 😉 😉

  • I agree with all of those suggestions. I am a sucker for scarves although they never look quite as good on me as they do on you. A longer neck might help me I think.


    • What color scarves do you have? Do they have a pattern? Can’t wait to see your collection!

  • Kim

    What color slub-knit tee do you have on? It doesn’t seem like any of the options online (grey, pink, or white)

    • Hi Kim! Mine is kind of beige. They may be sold out of this color online now but I found it in store.

  • I do love how scarves add a layer of interest to an outfit. I went to my local Target and they were sold out of this pretty plaid combo.

    BTW, I host a weekly TBT Fashion link up and would for you to join me on Thursday.


    • It’s such a popular plaid combination of colors that they sell really quickly! 🙁

  • Yes, great tips! I ADORE scarves. I love how they instantly can take any plain tee up a notch. Layers are key for me, so I love cardigans too. Another way I like to upgrade a basic jeans/tee outfit is with a long necklace, some colorful dangly earrings, and/or a colorful/printed belt.

    • Ashley, I absolutely love it!!!!

  • I LOVE this outfit! The colors are so perfect for fall, and they go so well together.

    • I’m so ready for fall weather! I’m hoping this motivates the weather to cool off. 😉

  • kris

    Where is the scarf and cardigan from…..the link does not open for me

    • Hi Kris! They are both from Target.

  • You have great style!
    I live in central Florida and it’s still in the 80’s and humid here. I try to change up my summer attire by wearing deeper colors but still dressing for the heat.

    • Thank you Melanie. When does it normally cool off in Florida? I love that you wear deeper colors in the summer to change it up!

  • Laura Watkins Ryner

    Hey – I just wore those shoes this week. Love that mustard sweater. Might need to stop by Target at lunchtime. I should pin this so I don’t forget what a cute outfit it is.

    Love it!

    • You’re sweet Laura. Thank you! I love cardigans! They are so versatile and comfy.

  • Melissa L.

    I love the cardigan and scarf! I love the whole outfit! The cardigan says Junior’s, did you have to order a size up? I’m wondering what size I would need to order. Thanks!

    • Hi Melissa! I got it in Juniors and it’s a size small I almost got the medium but this one seems to fit fine. Hope that helps!

      • Melissa L.

        Thanks! It does help!

  • Love this look! I am the queen of throwing on a scarf and calling it good 🙂 I must admit that I do sometimes just change my workout shirt to a cuter tee and throw a scarf and call it good for going out in public 🙂 now I just need to add a cardigan to it!

    • There’s nothing wrong with throwing on a tee and a scarf. It’s nice to turn up the style! Cardigans would look great to put on top for cooler weather! 😉

  • Nikki

    Just returned from a mission to Loft to find those jeans. Love them and can’t wait to put this outfit together.

    • How was shopping Nikki? Were you there for the sale? So glad you got the jeans! You will LOVE them!

  • I love the mustard and teal! And the scarf is fabulous!

    • Thank you Stephanie. I love the cardigan!!

  • Seriously easy, and so pretty! I love the colors you chose the most..I would have never thought of pairing all these together! Thanks for always inspiring Alison 🙂

    • Thank you for the sweet words!! It’s so fun styling combinations together.

  • love this look!!!

  • Love this look! I already have a great collection of scarves, I wear mine around my neck and as head wraps. I love your idea of pairing a color in your scarf to your shoes. It does make your outfit pop! You look great 🙂


    • Thank you. That’s a wonderful idea! I should try that!

  • I absolutely love outfit formulas! You look great! Thanks for the inspiration! Comfy and cute – my goal when I get dressed!

    • Thank you Iris. You are too sweet! I love being comfy and cute.

  • I love these colours together Alison! Thank you for being a lovely hostess as always! Ax

    • I can’t believe how popular the cardigan color is. It’s beautiful!

  • Stephanie

    I would love it if you would show how you arranged your scarf. I LOVE this outfit!! Had to go to Target and buy the scarf. :-). Always get great outfit ideas from your blog !!

    • Thanks for the post idea Stephanie!

  • My favorite way to upgrade jeans is with a great pair of heels, a sexy blouse, and an awesome handbag!


    • Love your style Kristie! 🙂

  • That look is fabulous! I love the use of the scarf and the cardigan! Another look I’m seeing to upgrade t-shirt and jeans is using a scarf and light sport jacket. I actually wore that to one of my conferences on a day I wasn’t presenting and people were stopping me to compliment me on my look – and the spangly sparkly vintage Avengers t-shirt I still kind of can’t believe I got away with wearing at a semi formal event. You never know what works!

    • That’s a great look KC! Do you have pics of your outfit? I would love to see it!

  • Those teal flats are beautiful. YOur outfit screams beautiful fall.

    Thrifting Diva

    • Such kind words Ayana! Thank you!

  • Cath

    love this look! Could you tell me where the scarf in the pictures is from? I see a link for a similar one but love the original!

    • HI Cath, I purchased the scarf from Target awhile back and it has been sold out. You can purchase a similar one at Target now.