August 29, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style, Style Challenges

Easy Outfits | Floral Blouse + Bright Cardigan

We’ve completed the first week of outfits for the Work Your Work Wear Challenge. If you’ve never done a challenge with me before, this is how it works.  Participants get a shopping list of wardrobe basics (for this challenge, business casual basics) and ten days to get all of their pieces in place.  Then every day for the next three weeks, they get a new outfit combo created from the pieces delivered to their inbox every day.

For the next three Fridays during the Work Wear Challenge, I’ll be featuring an outfit from the challenge along with some of my favorite interpretations by the participants.

This week’s easy outfit combo is perfect for a business casual environment but works just as well for lunch with friends.  The key to this outfit is coordinating the colors of the blouse with the cardigan and flats.  You can repeat the formula over and over again with different pieces to create completely different outfits.

Easy Outfit Formula

Cardigan + Printed Blouse + Neutral Pants + Bright Shoes

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The Pieces

Cardigan – A colorful cardigan brightens up your office days.  You can never have enough cardigans!

Floral Blouse – The colors on this floral blouse are even prettier in person.  They make it perfect to transition into fall.  A simple graphic pattern also works great.

Earrings – These simple statement earrings in a trellis design will be your new go-to.

Over Sized Watch – Forget the fussiness of stacks of bracelets for the office, an over sized gold watch makes a big enough impact for your every day.

Pants – A slim fitting ankle pant gives this outfit a more modern silhouette.  You could also opt for a stretch trouser or pencil skirt for a dressier look.

Flats – These cute bow flats keep feet comfortable and happy all day.  Or try swapping them for a bright heel to elevate the look.

Here are some of my favorite interpretations of this outfit by real members of the style challenge. Work Wear Week One

If you’d like to join us for the Work Wear Challenge, it’s not too late.  Sign up now to get immediate access to the shopping list and outfits.   Work Wear Header 2 Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday.

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  • I cannot wait to do one of your challenges! I just need for the right one to come my way. These looks are so cute!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Thanks so much girls! The challenges are so much fun, we’d love to have you join us. Have a great weekend!

  • That Boden blouse is adorable! I love this outfit. The red shoes are a fun pop of color, too!

    • Hi Laura! The colors are just perfect for fall. It’s even prettier in person!

  • I LOVE the floral blouse! Everyone looks super chic! These challenge posts are so much fun. 🙂

    xo Always, Abby

    • Thanks Abby! The girls are knocking it out of the park with this challenge.

  • Oh my goodness! All of those ladies look so great!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Sheaffer! They are doing an amazing job with their outfits!

  • Blouses and cardigans are essential work pieces. Great styling by all these ladies!

    Cha Cha The Fashion Genius

    • Yes, they are Charnele! And so easy to style too!

  • Lorraine Watkins

    I have enjoyed the challenge and find that I think outside the box when putting together any outfit now. I agree with you about the ankle pants. I am looking forward to a trip to Loft to try those one. I think the ankle pants do give a modern look. I also think that I need to be careful when selecting flats as some flats make me look dumpy/frumpy!

    • Loft has some awesome ankle pants Lorraine. I love that they have different fits too so there’s something for everyone. Glad you’re enjoying this challenge!

  • These women look so nice! I love that Boden top!! I have similar pieces in my closet and can put this together for the transition season! Thanks Alison! Susan

    • Yay Susan! I’d love to see it if you do.