February 20, 2017 - Easy Outfits, SAHMonday, Style

SAHMonday: Weeknight Date Night

Welcome to another edition of SAHMonday – weekly outfit inspiration just for the stay at home and work from home moms of the world (like me!) who aren’t heading out of the house on Monday morning.  You can check out the other outfits in this series here.

These outfits are perfect for when you want to feel comfortable, yet put together, so that you can face the day and any errands you may need to run.  Plus, most of these outfit formulas can be pulled straight from your closet.  If you don’t have my exact pieces, that’s ok.  Just use one of the substitutions that I recommend.

Consider this a “cheat week”

Ok, ok, let me have it.  I deserve it.  This is NOT exactly a SAHMonday outfit.

For one thing, who’s wearing peep toe booties for a day at home?  Not this lady, no siree.

But after posting the pieces of my Valentine’s weeknight date night look last week, I got a lot of requests to see it “in real life”.

valentine date night outfit

But first, I have a couple of confessions to make.

Confession #1:  I did not, in fact wear this for our Valentine’s date night.  No, no, no.  Mother Nature decided that after a few lovely 80 degree February days we definitely needed to have a cold, rainy, windy, 40 degree Valentine’s Day.  No sheer blouse and peep toes for this girl.  🙁

Confession #2:  I did, in fact wear this for dinner out with two of my team GYPO members Kathryn and Tiffany (shout out to both!) who make up the most amazing team in the world and support me in SO many different ways.  Mainly, I’ve discovered, to shield me from mean e-mails. 🙂 But that’s another story for a different day. Kathryn and Tiffany were in Dallas for a little GYPO retreat last weekend.  We got to not be moms (they both have little littles) and hang out at the spa and (mostly) not talk work and bond for a few hours and it was simply lovely.

OK, back to the outfit.  Just for the record (and so Kathryn and Tiffany don’t have to protect me from mean e-mails) you (and I) could totally wear this for a day at home.  Just swap out the booties for a pair of flats and it’s instantly casual.  The top is really comfy and so are the jeans!

P.S.  Just in case that didn’t help, I’ll be back to my regularly scheduled casual wear next week. 🙂

Striped Blouse + Frayed Hem Jeans + Tassel Necklace + Peep Toe Booties




[Blouse:  Same/Jeans:  Same/Necklace:  Same/Flats: Booties]

Substitutions and Shopping Options: 

Striped Blouse:  Any striped blouse, top or tee.  Shopping Options:  1/2/3

Frayed Hem Jeans:  Any frayed hem jeans.  Shopping Options:  1/2/3

Tassel Necklace:  Any long pendant necklace.  Shopping Options:  1/2/3

Peep Toe Booties:  Any neutral flats or booties.  Shopping Options:  1/2/3

Show me YOUR SAHMonday outfit!  Tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #SAHMonday.

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  • Kellyann

    You look lovely, great outfit! I have been reading blogs for YEARS and finally decided to start my own last spring. I have never understood why anyone would leave a mean email, really I don’t get it at all. I’m sure there will be some in my future but right now my blog is so small it just hasn’t happened yet. I dread that day because I know that I can get 10 comments that are super positive but just one negative one will hurt! In any case I think you do an amazing job!

    • Thanks so much Kellyann! I agree with you! Luckily there is so much positivity that comes from the amazing women who follow me!

  • You look great! I love this top!

  • Stacey Keeling

    Adorable!! I do hope you aren’t getting mean emails, Alison. You always inspire us with pretty and affordable clothing ideas. What more could you want? 🙂

  • Arni Adams

    I love this outfit! We just adopted a more casual work environment and I’m so excited! I finally get to wear more “fun” outfits. This one will definitely be on my list. Thank, Alison, for sharing your wonderful inspirations!

    • Thanks! How exciting about your change at work. I am very happy you will be able to inspired by more outfits now! 🙂

  • Liz F

    Part of my job consists of receiving what I call ‘nasty grams’ and I have adjusted to not internalizing it. However sometimes I get one that feels personal and to stop me from feeling bad my rather large ex military husband sings me the Taylor Swift song Mean, especially emphasizing ‘why you gotta be so mean?’. Always makes me laugh and I stop taking it so seriously. It’s always good to have at least one person who protects you from the jerks, I’m glad you have two. Keep doing what you do, I love the outfits and community you’ve built!

    • I’m going to have to remember that song from now on! 🙂 Yes there is so much good, that it definitely outweighs the bad!! Thank you!!

  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Cute top! Love the outfit!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Lisa Marz

    I just don’t get mean comments and emails. There are so many blogs and websites out there. If this one doesn’t fit what you are looking for, find another one that does! Geez, no reason to bash someone who is working to make a positive impact for others. Ok, rant over. Keep doing what you’re doing. Not every post fits with what I would wear, but I love all the different ideas and trends and your inspiration for me to constantly grow as a woman.

  • Rebecca

    Hey Alison. I totally agree with Lisa; I just don’t get it. It’s not just with blogs either. Why is it so easy for some people to lose their decency once they get behind a screen? Then again there are those that don’t care if they’re in front of you but that’s for another story. In any event I have a question about those too cute shoes. Can you give me a true opinion on comfort? There’s two pair available in my size at the local store and I think one of those pairs just might have my name on them 🙂

    • They are SO comfy. I wore them all day Saturday and they didn’t hurt my feet at all! You can have no fear of them hurting your feet! 🙂

      • Rebecca

        Thanks! I was concerned about part of the lacing area creating a pressure point on the top of your foot or rubbing so that’s good to know.

  • Man mean emails suck, why do people have to tear each other down? Boo to them. I love those shoes, the whole outfit actually and your make up…spot on lady, looks terrific!

  • Wow! This would make such an amazing date-night outfit! That striped blouse is so cute and I love the way you styled it with the other pieces! Thanks for sharing with us at On Mondays We Link-Up :).

    Trendy & Tidy

    • Yes Sarah it is a great date-night shirt. It looks more black in the pics, but it is navy. I’m so glad you like it. Have a great weekend!

  • Lisa Ackerman McArdle

    First of all, I totally LOVE this look! It’s so fresh and modern and edging towards spring. It possesses all of the trends, while still staying classy. Your outfit creating talent never ceases to amaze me. More amazing, however, is how YOUR gifts help me save time, money and much needed energy. For instance, this morning I totally bought this entire outfit (except I already had red tassle necklace and jeans) by clicking on links. Then, because the store actually had the items IN STOCK I was able to drive 5 minutes from my house to the customer service desk and pick up my order. I didn’t even have to search through the store. Took less than 5 minutes. I got home tried it all on and Voila! Instant spring outfit for less than $50 with my discounts. Plus, I know I’ll be able to wear these cool booties multiple ways! I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful this is. You are like a MAGICAL MANNEQUIN that demonstrates an outfit, what it looks like on, and then provides every small detail of how to get the exact outfit (along with alternatives, if sold out). You kind of remind me of the shoe elf that works overnight an magically gets shoes complete by morning, except in this case, you’re an Outstanding Outfit Making Elf. It seems that each time I open my email or check my Instagram posts, I have another potential choice waiting. And, don’t even think that this just means I am spending, spending, spending, because that is NOT the case at all. Due to the last several years of doing the GYPO challenge I have all of the basics built in to my closet ready to go. So, an addition here or a tweak there each month is no more than the cost of a few Starbucks and a lunch out. Totally worth the trade off! And, let’s get to the saving energy part – like most of your followers I have a full time job, I have 5 kids ranging in ages from 7 to 21 who are involved in multiple activities year-round. I want to spend my time with my family, watching them grow up, supporting them and listening to them. I do NOT want to drag them through the store attempting to put together an outfit only to realize hours later that I am no where near done. Now, my free time goes to my kids and I actually have outfits that make me happy to be at their events in a pulled together, fashionable way. It’s a win-win! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the service you provide, for the countless hours you put in to making sure you are giving your clients the best, and even for the extra sleepless nights to ensure we will never be disappointed. You are a class act and I’m so excited at your success and how your practical, spot on fashion sense has transformed my closet and my personal fashion outlook!

  • Alison, this top is so amazing! I am loving the bold stripe print. And the shoes are completely fabulous as well. Thanks for joining my #SpreadTheKindness Link Up!