August 22, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style

Easy Outfits | Casual Friday Jeans + Cardigan

It’s the last weekend of summer for our family before heading back to school on Monday.  Although I love having my kids at home, we’re starting to crave the structure and routine of the school year. Well, at least I am.  I guess we’re as ready as we’re going to get – the school supplies are bought, uniform pieces are in place and we’ve even started going to bed earlier.

My teacher friends have already been back in school for a week.  Before heading back, one of them challenged me to put together some cute, casual jeans outfits for her.  There’s just one catch, they had to be from pieces she already had.

Challenge accepted.

Here’s one of the easy outfits I put together with items from her closet that you may already have in yours too.  All it takes to create this casual Friday outfit is your favorite  cardigan, a white button down and cuffed jeans.  Then add in a fun belt, some comfortable colorful flats and a statement necklace for panache.


Clockwise from top left:

Cardigan – If your cardigans are in need of a refresh, this one comes in 23 different colors and has great reviews.

Button Down – A good white button down is one of the most versatile pieces in your closet.  This one lends a more relaxed vibe.

Statement Necklace – This pretty sparkler with gold and crystals will dress up any casual Friday.

Cuffed Jeans – This favorite pair of cropped cuffed jeans is on sale.

Suede FlatsThese flats have awesome reviews for comfort and they come in nine different colors.  If you spend a lot of time on your feet, they could be the perfect pair for you.

Floral Belt – We found this fun floral belt on clearance.  I like how it ties together all of the colors in this outfit.  You can either wear the belt with your jeans and the cardigan open.  Or button up the cardigan and wear the belt at your waist.

SatchelThis carryall is perfect for all of your work week essentials.

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Have a great weekend and for those of you starting school on Monday, enjoy these last moments of summer!



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  • Happy Friday friend! Enjoy your last weekend before school starts!!

    • You too! I’ll be thinking of you when you send that little girl off to kinder on Monday. 🙁 So bittersweet!

  • Perfect weekend outfit! We’ve been back to school for weeks and I still can’t get used to the new schedule! Have a fabulous weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Thanks girls! It’s hard to adjust to the new schedule, isn’t it? Still I’m looking forward to actually having a routine again.

  • I love cardis paired with jeans! Target has some fabulous floral belts right now that will be great for fall too! Thanks for the tips! Have a fun weekend! Susan

    • They are perfect for fall Susan! Target always has a great selection of belts. I get almost all of mine there. Have a great weekend!

  • LIz

    Seriously love every single piece here! This would make the perfect Casual Friday Look! Too bad my work doesn’t have casual Friday 🙁 but I would definitely rock this on the weekend.


    • Aww, that’s too bad Liz. Casual Fridays are so fun, but casual Saturdays and Sundays are too. 🙂

  • Kathy

    Very cute! I need to look for that floral belt. Love it.

    • Thanks Kathy! Yes, it’s on clearance now!

  • Great choices! Love the flats and white shirt staple. My kids and I are craving the structure too. One more week for us:)
    Have a great weekend!


    • Enjoy your last week of summer Audrey!

  • Saxon

    I’m gonna check out the clearance racks for some cute belts. I am seriously lacking in these.

    • Now is a great time Saxon. Target had quite a few on clearance last time I checked. Good luck!

  • I love this outfit, especially that adorable floral belt!

    • Thanks Laura. Printed flats and belts really pull an outfit together. Especially if you wear a lot of solid colors (like I do).

  • Jean

    I would wear this outfit any day at home. So Cute!

    I hope your college son is doing great! Hope Mom is too! I have two college grads, a college junior and a hs junior. I have some great ideas on how to be an awesome college mom if you ever want some!

    Thank you for this super cute outfit!

    • Thanks Jean! He starts classes on Monday. Excited but nervous too. I’d love to hear your ideas!

  • button downs and jeans are my go to look! So easy and chic

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

    • You hit the nail on the head Charnele – easy and chic. My two favorites. 🙂

  • Love this casual look!

    • Thanks Akaleistar! Have a great weekend.

  • I have one floral belt, and I love it! It takes a boring outfit to DARLING!!!!

    • Well, you look darling in everything so that’s not fair. 🙂 But you’re right. I think I need more printed belts in my life.

  • I love the belts at Target – they have the cutest ones for the best prices. I’m a little bit obsessed with white shirts – but they go with everything! Cute outfit.

    • I don’t think there’s anything quite as versatile as a white button down, Lana. You just can’t go wrong with it!

  • Really love this entire outfit-that floral belt is just the prettiest belt ever!! Enjoy the rest of your summer:)
    Marta, xo

    • Thanks Marta! The colors in that belt are just perfect.

  • Bonnie

    Cute outfit! I’m pinning for later since the next two weeks are 100 degrees here in St. Louis! I can’t wait for the challenge email on Sunday!

    • Oh goodness, this weather has got to cool down soon Bonnie. I’m so tired of tank tops and shorts. Bring on fall!

  • Becky

    I love this easy outfit – especially the belt! It will match so much, and I just bought a similar one! Happy weekend!

    • Yay Becky! Hope you love styling it as much as I do.

  • I love that outfit. The best part is all the pieces are interchangeable for another piece. So you could exchange a colored button down for the white one, or a bright or patterned cardigan for the neutral one.
    Fashion and Happy Things

    • Yes, Mana! It is so versatile. I like it when I can take a formula and swap in different pieces to make new outfits.

  • Great outfit! We have two more weekends before school starts and I’m sure they are going to fly by. It’s been a fun summer and back to school/fall is such an exciting time of year to look forward too. Enjoy your weekend!

    • Hi Stephanie! They will fly by. I’m not sure where summer has gone? Enjoy the time with your girls!

  • Such a great, classic outfit Alison!!! Oh that floral belt…I’m in love with it!!! xoShannon

    • Thanks so much Shannon! You can’t go wrong with the classics.

  • Susie

    cute, but a sweater and long sleeves in Dallas in August?

    • Hi Susie! A girl can dream, right? Wishing we had the great weather some readers in other states are having.

  • I love the floral belt! I have to pick up cardigans for work now I will definitely check these out. Thanks for sharing. xo ~ Megan