You all know how much I love cardigans. They are an awesome layering piece and an easy way to add a pop of color or even add texture to a neutral outfit. For this month’s Pretty Fix I’m going with the pop of color and styling a color block cardigan. I’m seeing tons of these colorful cardigans everywhere and the color palettes they are combining are perfect for this time of year.
The cardigan I’m styling for this month’s Pretty Fix is from Target and I instantly fell in love with the color combination. The orange and cranberry color remind me of fall leaves and I love how the heathered taupe breaks it up. It’s super soft and while it definitely takes the chill off, it’s not too heavy making it perfect for my TX climate.
And in case you’re wondering what the Pretty Fix is all about, it’s where I feature a few fun trends that you can easily add to your closet to amp up your closet staples. I provide the formula and you supply the clothes. By providing the outfit formula that gives you the freedom and flexibility to make it your own and shop where you want and spend what you want. Some of these items may already be in your closet and if not, I’ve provides some example links if you need help filling in any gaps. Below is this month’s Pretty Fix outfit formula and links to the items featured plus the Alison + Aubrey accessories I’m wearing above.
Color Block Cardigan + White Tee + Gray Jeans + Taupe Shoes
1. Color Block Cardigan
Cardigans are a closet staple and another item I recommended having in an array of colors and even lengths. They go great with jeans, leggings, dress pants, and even dresses making them super versatile. This season though they’re taking the basic solid cardigan up a notch with some fun color blocking. But what is color blocking? Color blocking by definition is the pairing together of two or more colors that are opposite on the color wheel to create an interesting and complementary color combination and that’s exactly what these cardigans are. This particular cardigan just screamed warm and cozy with its color block combination.
2. White Tee
I can’t say enough what a closet staple a good white tee is. It’s something that can be worn year-round which is why I support having multiple variations of a white tee, crew neck and v-necks, short sleeve, and long. If you’re still looking for a great white tee that’s not see-through, check out the roundup of the top-rated white tees by the Pretties HERE.
3. Medium Wash Jeans
Another closet staple that can be worn season after season is a great pair of medium wash jean. For this particular look I styled some high-waisted slim ankle jeans but you can easily swap in some skinny jeans, bootcut jeans, or even some dark wash jeans if you want to dress it up a little more.
4. Taupe Shoes
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you know how much I love my taupe ankle boots. I can’t tell you how long I’ve had them in my closet. They are one of my favorite fall/winter closet staples because they go great with everything!
5. Neutral Backpack
I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘really? A backpack?’ But this isn’t your child or teen’s backpack. I’ve been seeing them at a variety of retailers and they’re really cute and very classy. And if you just can’t see yourself adding a neutral backpack to your closet, you can easily substitute a neutral crossbody if you want to stick with a hands free option.
6. Layered Necklace
This time of year is all about layers and in this case, I’m adding even more with a layered necklace. Layered necklaces are a super easy way to add a ton of visual interest. You can easily pair together two or three necklaces you already have at varying lengths like I did above or choose one that’s already layered for you. Also don’t be afraid to mix metals when pairing and layering your necklaces.
7. Statement Stud Earrings
I enjoy wearing a simple stud earring especially when I’m wearing a scarf to keep from getting tangled, but since it’s still not totally scarf weather here I still wanted a simple stud but turned up a notch. The statement stud is the perfect solution. It’s still simple by nature and a great alternative to a hoop earring but it’s just a bit bigger. I picked a square cut cubic zirconia stud because I wanted to add a little sparkle to this look. If you find that bigger stud earrings tend to droop, try using a clear disk back like these or any of these to help keep your earrings upright.