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.

I Feel Pretty | in Jeans and a Blazer for Work

I Feel Pretty | in Jeans and a Blazer for Work

The Work Wear Challenge opened on Monday so I thought it would be fun to revisit one of my favorite ways to dress up jeans to make them office appropriate.  Colored denim can work great for a business casual office environment.  The key is to pair it with sophisticated separates like a white button down and blazer.  Outfits like this make me *almost* wish I worked in an office again!

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[Blazer:  Similar/Jeans:  Similar/Shirt:  Similar/Purse:  Same/Heels:  Same/Necklace:  Similar/Sunglasses:  Same/Watch:  Same]

If heels aren’t your cup of tea, swap them out for a pair of ladylike sling back flats, like these.

steve madden leopard sling back flats

 [Leopard Sling Back Flats]

A look like this would work just as great with your favorite refined dark wash skinny jeans.  This pair would look great with a bright blazer like the one below.

[Classic Dark Wash Skinny Jean]

This radiant orchid blazer is the perfect partner for those dark wash skinny jeans and it’s ON SALE.

[Radiant Orchid Blazer]

Finish the look off with a pretty statement necklace in complementary colors to tie the outfit together.

[Mint and Pink Bar Necklace]

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Registration for the Work Your Work Wear Challenge is now open.  This challenge will include a shopping list of work wear basics plus three weeks worth of business casual outfits delivered to your inbox daily.  Sign up before regular registration opens to get the lowest rate.  Check out a sneak peek of two outfits from the challenge and learn all about the challenge here.


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

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There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretties.

That’s it, now go have some fun!