Easy Outfits | Floral Blouse + Bright Cardigan

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

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 2Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday.

Easy Outfits | Casual Friday Jeans + Cardigan

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.

Work Wear Header 2The Work Your Work Wear Challenge outfits start next Monday.  If you haven’t joined us yet, there’s still time.  Sign up now and get your shopping list immediately.

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



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