Weekend Outfit Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan

Weekend Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan
Weekend Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan

There are some pieces in our wardrobes that we just love to wear together.  For me, it’s a pair of jeans, a tank and a long cardigan. It’s a straightforward formula that is easy to dress up or down and adjust based on the season.

For today’s post we’re showing you how to create two weekend outfits to wear now and later, just by changing out the shoes and accessories.
Weekend Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan

Cardigan, $25  |  Jeans, $189  |  Tank, $17

Pale pink and gray is a winning combination. It’s soft and has a cozy feel.  I found this cardigan at H&M.  The quality is pretty good.  It’s one of those pieces you’ll get a lot of wear out of, until you can’t wear it any more.

Surprisingly, the most impactful component of this look is the tank.  Not all tanks are the same.  This one drapes off the body and scoops in the front, complimenting the movement of the cardigan. (Pick it up in multiple colors.)  It’s a little detail with significant impact.

The outfit would not work the same way if the tank were fitted to your body.

Finally, gray jeans. I love Paige, they fit well and are worth the price tag. Looking for something less expensive? These Old Navy jeans are worth checking out.

Wear Now

Weekend Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan - Wear NowWear now with: Necklace, $80  |  Boots, $45  |  Bag, $33

Earlier this week, I woke up around 6:30 with a little sunlight streaming through my bedroom window, and the first sounds of birds chirping.  Maybe, just maybe, I thought, we’ll have an early spring.

Not the case, since this weekend we’re set for more snow.  Making this look winter weather appropriate is easy by adding a boot.  I tend to lean toward clean lined ankle or riding boots. You can absolutely wear them with this look, or you can wear something like these faux-fur collar chunky bootsAt $45 they are a fantastic alternative that won’t break the bank.

You need a bag to balance the weight of the boot.  This Street Level tote does the job and is super versatile.

Finally, a long necklace adds additional weight and movement.  We used the black stone version of the Kendra Scott piece, white would work just as well.

Wear Later

Weekend Inspiration: Cozy Pink Cardigan - Wear LaterWear later with: Shoes, $50  |  Clutch, $32

The second the weather breaks, you can break out your spring sandals.  I wasn’t always a fan of the open toe cage shoe, but as the style evolved, they grew on me.

With this look, the cardigan is heavy, so you need the shoe to create balance. The block heel keeps the overall look grounded.

Finally, grab a clutch.  I’m CRAZY for this one by ASOS.  The pink is darker than the cardigan but still in the same family of color, giving depth and interest without having to add a lot of “stuff” to your look.

Because the shoe is suede, I used a suede clutch. This trick creates cohesiveness and elevates the look even though it’s so simple.

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Weekend Inspiration: Varsity Tee Now and Later

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear Now
Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee

At my core, I am a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl. It’s a laid back and casual combination that makes me feel most like myself.  But not all jeans and tees are the same. At my age, I try to find something that feels grown up without being frumpy and also doesn’t look like I picked it up at CrewCuts.  I look for better quality piece but I’m not willing to spending $100+ on a tee shirt.

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee

Varsity Tee, $45 Available in 7 other colors here.

Enter this varsity tee by Treasure & Bond at Nordstrom.  When I’m working from home, and on the weekends, this is the kind of top I live in.  It’s long sleeve (the sleeves are rolled in the photo), soft, and sporty.  For the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a “must have piece” for our Friday post with outfit inspiration for now and into warmer weather.  This way, you get maximum wear out of any piece you might pick up.  Let’s start with how to wear now.

 

 

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear NowJeans, $89  |  Shoes, $40  |  Backpack, $58

Whether you’re chaperoning a school field trip or trekking all the way down to Disney, there are certain occasion when you want to look cute but not overdone. Here’s how you do it. I paired the tee with cozy boyfriend jeans.  These are by KUT, a well priced brand with fantastic fit and quality.  Don’t like the distressing on the leg?  I know you don’t. Our Denim Closet has dozens of different style options for any kind of jean you like best.

For a casual, sneaker alternative, don’t overlook Toms.  They have a slim profile, a nice alternative to most heavy, chunky sneakers.  You could also wear a slip on sneaker, which were super popular on the blog last year.  For a bag, I’m NUTS for this small backpack from Everlane.  There is nothing better if you need to be hands free but want to look chic.

Moving to the summer …

Weekend Inspiration Varsity Tee Wear LaterShorts, $74  |  Flip Flops, $8.50  |  Crossbody, $128  |  Sunglasses, $168

If you run into me in Cape May this summer, I will be in some version of this outfit.  I’m 38 years old and I’m still wearing shorts.  I don’t care. I think I can pull them off, and what is my alternative?  Capris?  No. These shorts are from White House Black Market.  The distressing makes them feel cool, and the 5″ length is a winner. (Available in sizes 00 -16.)

Since I am all limbs, when I do wear shorts, I always wear a long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve top.  It balances out my proportions and feels a little more sophisticated.  To make this feel like a cohesive look, the flip flop (under $10!) and crossbody are rather important.  The British Tan color adds a richness and grounds the overall look.  Finally, aviators, because nothing says summer like a cool pair of sunglasses.

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Wear to Work: Halogen Raw Edge Tweed Jacket

Wear to Work: Halogen Raw Edge Jacket
Wear to Work: Halogen Raw Edge Jacket - The Well Dressed Life

Apparently, black and navy is a controversial color combination. A fact I didn’t know until a few years back when I tried to tell a client that she could wear her black heels with her very dark navy pants. She was aghast, and I had no idea why. I eventually convinced her that it was entirely appropriate, considering the blouse she was wearing was a black and navy pattern. I left the appointment as I did so frequently, wondering how such a silly job could be so mentally draining.

The fact is there are a lot of old-fashioned sartorial rules that we just don’t have to follow anymore, like wearing white after Labor Day and matching your bag with your shoes. What’s so interesting to me is how some style no-no’s are now considered chic options. Pairing black with navy is a sophisticated color combination and is so easy to pull together.

Today’s jacket is one my most favorite statement jackets in a long time. The price is right. I’ve seen similar styles for $350+. It’s a solid buy now, wear now and later piece. I bought it to freshen up my corporate capsule wardrobe, which makes getting dressed and packing for a trip so easy.

Wear to Work: Halogen Raw Edge JacketJacket, $129

There aren’t a ton of ways to wear this but that doesn’t mean it won’t be in constant rotation. It goes with all sorts of jeans paired with a white shell, or a black tank and skirt combination.  But I’ll probably get the most wear out of it with a simple pant and pumps.

Wear to Work: Halogen Raw Edge JacketPants, $79  | Jacket, $129|  Tank, $6  |  Heels, $75  |  Bag, $48  |  Earrings, $78

Isn’t this so good?

Because the jacket mixes navy, black and white, I strategically used those colors throughout the look.  I used a classic black tapered pant to keep the look clean.  You could wear any style pant, but I would keep it black instead of navy.  To lighten the look, a simple white tank works well.  You don’t need anything fancy here.  I like this jersey tank from H&M (it’s $6).  If you’d like something with a better drape, we’ve featured this Ann Taylor Shell for months and it’s always a reader favorite.  It comes in four colors and an array of sizes.

Where I really get excited is the bag and shoes.  The heels are by Boden ($75) and they are gorgeous.  The navy is rich, and the scallop trim on the side add a feminine detail that works well with the jacket.  They are also available in seven colors and patterns, one better than the next.  Since you’re taking this to the office, I used a tote ($48) that you can slide your computer into with plenty of room for all your daily essentials.  Finally, super simple, but dynamic stud earrings are all you need.  Too much jewelry will fight with the jacket.  Your look will still have wonderful depth because the shoes have texture, the colors work well and the jacket has so much detail.

Size Options:

I like this Talbots tweed jacket that mixes black and navy in a flattering cut.  Available in an impressive range of sizes: Missy, Petite, Woman, and Woman’s Petite.

For pants, Vince Camuto did a similar style in sizes 14W – 24W. On Sale for $53.

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Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater
Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped Sweater - The Well Dressed Life

The sales keep rolling in this January, including this adorable and preppy striped sweater at the LOFT for $23. That’s not a typo, it’s $23. Of course, I picked it up, because I love stripes and this feels fresh and new. It’s available in Navy (below) and Yellow, in XXS – XXL in Missy and Petite.  Currently, all sizes are in stock. Pick it up today while it’s on sale and you can wear it now and straight into spring. 

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped SweaterMust have piece: LOFT Striped Sweater, $60 ON SALE $23.90

How to Wear LOFT Stripe Sweater 

 

Weekend Inspiration: LOFT Striped SweaterLOFT Striped Sweater, $60 ON SALE $23.90  |  Jeans, $90  |  Flats, $18  |  Bag, $139  |  Bracelet, $39  |  Earring, $98

Let’s talk about this sweater.  It’s effortlessly chic. Maybe it’s because this January has been so cold and dreary but I’m really gravitating to more bright and cheerful looks. It’s a straightforward jeans sweater. You could wear it with a variety of styles, (check out our Denim Closet for all size and style options).  We featured a clean lined boyfriend jean. If you go for a style like this, keep the roll cuff at your ankle, otherwise, you’re getting into capri area, and I have some strong opinions on capris.

This outfit is as easy as it comes.  You could wear it with a simple pair of slide on sneakers, or whatever flats you own.  I added a pop of yellow with these $18 flats for a fun accent. With weekend outfits I don’t like to fuss with accessories.  This bracelet from Henri Bendel is on sale for $39.  These earrings, also at Henri Bendel are an easy, wear-every-day-earring.  Finally, what’s a weekend without a cross body bag?  You have tons of options.  This J.Crew bag is ideal.  It sits on your body, keeps you hands free, but is big enough to carry all your stuff.

Hope everyone has a great weekend – it’s been a LONG week!

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Wear to Work: Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging
Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging - The Well Dressed Life

By now we all know that we shouldn’t wear leggings as pants. But what if we found a pant that was a legging and a pant? Because I just discovered these Liverpool Ponte Knit Leggings (plus size here) and they are the best of both worlds.

They showed up a few days before Christmas in my Stitch Fix delivery. (Yes, I started that up again. More to come in a later post.) I almost sent them back without trying them on. 

“I don’t need another pair of black pants,” I thought. Thank goodness I changed my mind at the last minute because they are fantastic.

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Pant: Missy, $68 and Plus, $89 (Sizes 18 – 24!)

There is a lot to love. The fabric is soft and comfortable but doesn’t look like athletic wear. The waistband sits high (hallelujah!), has a proper waistband and back pockets. These details help make these less legging and more pant. I would still wear them with a top on the long side, but you don’t have to cover all of your bottom if you don’t want to.

I pretty much lived in these since the holidays and found that tops that hit at around my hipbone worked best for my proportions. Of course, you could wear something longer. If you do go longer, look for something with a bit of swing that cuts away from your body. Below is two ways you could wear these to a casual and creative office.

 

Day in the Office 

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Outfit one: Blazer, $298  |  Shell, $40  |  Bag, $378  |  Scarf, $35  |  Boot, $83

Navy and black is a chic and sophisticated combination. This navy blazer by Ralph Lauren is the stuff of dreams. It hits around the hipbone giving you the length we’re after but fitted to show your shape.  I love a gold button but if you’d like something more traditional and in a variety of sizes, including petite and plus, check out this Talbots optionFor a less expensive look, this Lush blazer is on sale for under $30.  You could pair any of these blazers with a black or white tank. I prefer white as it adds a crispness to the look. Both colors are available in the Ann Taylor tank.

One of the reasons I love these pants so much is because you can layer a boot over them seamlessly. I have these Nine West boots, and they are the best shoe I’ve bought all year. The heel is reasonable (ish), they are comfortable, and the price is right. To bring the look together I used this navy and black scarf. You can loop it around your neck or tie it to your handbag. Don’t get stressed about it, the messier you tie your scarf the better. I kept everything else simple in this look. Add your daily jewelry, grab your work bag, and off you go.

 

After work Dinner and Drinks

Liverpool Ponte Knit LeggingOutfit two: Sweater, $80  |  Necklace, $50  |  Bracelet, $48  |  Clutch, $128  |  Pump, $119

For the second outfit, we still kept it simple, but bold color, a statement necklace, and patterned pumps make it look so much more complicated. I’m pretending we are closer to spring than we really are and using a poppy, hot pink cashmere sweater. I reads red online but it’s a bright pink. C by Bloomingdales makes high-quality, reasonably-priced cashmere. This comes in a ton of gorgeous colors, but the pink feels fresh and preppy. Need plus size?  Look at Sejour, a private label at Nordstorm, for high quality basic sweaters.

A simple tip to make any outfit look and feel cohesive is to repeat the main color (black in this case) three or five times. Here, I included a black crystal statement necklace and animal print pumps, in addition to the pants. A few things make this impactful. First, three is a key number because it creates a pattern. Second, the placement of the pieces is essential. If you were to divide your body into thirds, the main color is in each section. This creates balance and harmony. Cool, right?

I rounded out the look with a black and gold bangle; you can wear one or stack them up your arm. I included this clutch because you can slide it into your work bag and grab it for dinner and drinks. Also, I just really like it.

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Weekend Wear: The $55 Moto Jacket You’re Going to Love

Moto Jacket
The $55 Moto Jacket You're Going to Love - The Well Dressed Life

I discovered this jacket last month when I ordered it as part of my Rent the Runway (RTR) Unlimited Subscription.  It’s the kind of piece that is just outside my style sphere, so being able to rent it, and try it out with my wardrobe, is such a fantastic option. I found it to be a great alternative to my typical casual blazer and feels edgy but still classic.

One of the options in (RTR) is that you can buy the items you rent at a discount. When I realized it was on sale for $50, I quickly bought it.  Because I like it so much, I wondered if it was still available at stores, and turns out; it is, $55 for black, and $33 in Navy. 

The only good thing about January is the sales.

I bought both.

 

Moto JacketMust Have Piece, $55  |  Jeans, $198  |  Shoes, $40  |  Clutch, $198  |  Earring, $38

For me, this is the perfect Saturday night out look.  Whether I’m meeting friends for dinner or spending it with Bri, it strikes the right balance of casual and polished.  There are a few things to keep in mind when creating an outfit around this jacket.  The shape and length work best with either skinny jeans or jeans with a long leg and subtle boot cut.  Anything too full and you’ll be overwhelmed. (To see a variety of jean options at different price ranges, check out our Denim Closet.)

You can throw this jacket over just about anything, though I love how it looks over a turtleneck. That’s right, a turtleneck, I’m such a turtleneck girl.  Bloomingdales currently has an array of colors for under $80.

For a night out, I like a pump.  These silver fabric pumps at DSW for $40 are affordable and stylish. The jacket as a lot going on, so I would hold off on lots of jewelry and accessories. Keep it in one piece, like a long necklace or these earrings. They are simple, but complement the hardware on the jacket without competing with it.  Finally, a silver clutch, like this one by Michael Kors has the right line and shape.  It’s an investment, so think about how often you’ll use it.  For a less expensive option, I like this $30 silver envelope clutch.

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Wear to Work: Feminine Loafer

Wear to Work: Feminine Loafer
Wear to Work: Feminine Loafer - The Well Dressed Life

Here’s the deal with how I get dressed for work: I either look lovely and professional or so bad I would deny I spent a decade dressing people. I’ve always struggled with that category between professional and super casual. Frankly, part of it is just laziness. If I know I’m not leaving the house or will be the only one in the office, I can talk myself into spending the day in my gym clothes. But, I can’t deny that I feel better and get more done when I’m dressed well.

Wear to Work: Feminine Loafer

Around the holidays I started to pick up a few pieces to build out my casual wardrobe. (I feel like I’m always doing this!)  Thinking strategically, I wanted to be able to have enough pieces to pull an outfit together quickly. We’re talking 60 seconds. I bought a fresh pair of black pants, a few crew neck cashmere sweaters, and these loafers with pretty and feminine pearl detail.

They are a nice change from my go-to boots without feeling as precious and impractical as a pair of pumps. Loafers can feel too heavy or masculine, and while I like a good menswear look, it doesn’t always complement the rest of my pieces. The pearl accent give these a feminine feel while the slim shape of the shoe keeps the line of your body long and lean.

I’m currently wearing these loafers with a pair of slim pants (featured below) and rotate a few simple sweaters, most from J.Crew factory. I also like them with a lived-in pair of boyfriend jeans and a casual white button down.

This time of year, I only want to bring in pieces that will transition with the seasons. Below is an example of how you can take these loafers into the spring, perhaps in a casual office or one that leans creative.

How to Wear a Feminine Loafer in the the Spring

 

Wear to Work: Feminine Loafers

Shoe, $90  |  Pant, $89  |  Top, $68  |  Earring, $23  |  Bag, $265

Let’s start with the pants (size 2 -18) For the last few seasons I’ve been thrilled with Vince Camuto’s pants.  They fit well, have a classic shape, and are under $100.  #winning.  You can wear them to work and socially easy-peasy. The top (comes in regular, petite and tall) has more going on than what I usually go for – and I love it!  Will it be for everyone, no, but use it as inspiration.  If you like the idea of a more conservative gingham, I like this tunic, or this button down shirtThe earrings mimic the detail on the loafer, it’s subtle but intentional.  Finally, Dagne Dover makes a good, sturdy, straightforward tote.  If you’re a lady that likes a quality bag without any logos or over the top hardware, The Legend Tote is for you.

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