Mix it Up Monday

Hi, all. It always comes, the same time every week. Monday, I mean. And since today my outfit had a case of the Mondays, I'm bringing you something a little different. One of my co-workers recently bought an adorable striped sweater, and she told me she was going to return it because she didn't know what to wear it with. I absolutely love the sweater, and told her she should keep it. I challenged myself to come up with three different ways to wear said sweater, for three different occasions. 

As it turns out, this was way too much fun. Well, if she does return it anyway, I guess I know who will be buying it. Of course I need another striped cardigan.

The first look is a work look. The sweater (It's this striped one from Loft. I know, I can't believe she's going to return it either.) is paired with gray wide-leg pants and a white blouse. A statement necklace and dark red pumps add personality. She worried that if she wore this sweater with red she'd look like a flag. No star-spangled banner references here, right?

My second look is a casual, weekend look. The cardigan tops a cozy gray t-shirt and relaxed jeans. To pull these casual separates together, add a pink (solid or patterned) scarf, big hoops, and silver flats. (Aren't these from Charlotte Russe adorable? Something else I need.)

My final look would be perfect for a casual lunch date, shopping with friends, or even a casual work environment. It's my favorite of the three. Be a master print mixer by putting the striped sweater over a printed dress in a similar color family, like these navy blue dresses. Leave the sweater unbuttoned, but belt it with an extra-long brown belt. Final touches? A fun pendant necklace and lace-less oxfords. 

Is there anything in your closet you're thinking about returning (or donating) it because you don't know what to wear it with? Or have you returned something for that reason?


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  2. Maybe if you show here these, she'll keep it! Or better yet, give it to you to rock :)

  3. I love your pairings! Great new post idea! :)
    I actually just bought a striped cardi - looking forward to trying your suggestions.

  4. Nice mixes! I would wear any of those.

  5. I hate mondays (but now it's tuesday!)
    I love the last look, so romantic for a lunch date!

  6. Fab looks! Adore that cardigan! Great job, keep 'em coming ;o)


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