Good morning! Happy Hump Day! Today Cyndi and I are launching a 5-part series on casual outfit formulas for moms (or all women, really!) We certainly don’t want to alienate women who aren’t moms.
I feel like this first one is a bit of a cop-out since it is pretty much what I wear all the time, but then, I certainly couldn’t do a series on casual outfit formulas and leave out my favorite!
The skinny jean/pullover/scarf/flats combo is one I wear over and over again, and it always looks put together as long as the pieces work together and fit properly.
Of course, just about any one of these components can be changed out to create another easy outfit. Swap the ballet flats for ankle boots or riding boots, swap the scarf for a long necklace, swap the skinnies for bootcut jeans, or jazz it up with a striped pullover or leopard flats for some fun pattern mixing. But if you’re at a loss, this basic outfit formula will serve you well for almost any casual occasion.
I picked up this classic crewneck pullover and the checked flannel scarf at the J.Crew Outlet last weekend. This sweater comes in 6 colors, and I love the classic fit. It’s so hard to find a sweater that isn’t long and baggy these days!
The scarf is a super soft flannel, and it’s not too thick so it drapes nicely and can be worn as part of your outfit or as outerwear.
When I wear a navy top with blue jeans, I try to wear a lighter wash denim so there’s some contrast, so I went with these old DL1961 Emma legging jeans for this post. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly version of these jeans, the Wit & Wisdom Ab Solution skinnies are a nice alternative for $69. They do tend to stretch, so you may want to size down.
I completed the look with grey ballet flats and tote.
I splurged on these Tory Burch Minnie travel ballet flats at the Nordstrom holiday party because it was a 10-point day for cardholders, and they never go on sale. I had wanted them for ages, and now that I’ve sprung for them, I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner. I find myself going for them almost every day. They’re just so cute and comfy, and they go with everything.
I still love my Sam Edelman Felicia flats, and comfort-wise, the Felicia flats are every bit as good as the Minnie flats, but sometimes the bow seems a little too precious. I like the medallion on the Minnie flats, and I love the French Grey color. I have a handbag in that color as well, and it’s so versatile.
This unlined tote is new. I ordered it because I often get requests to feature more affordable handbags, and this one is a great find! If leather isn’t important to you, this bag is a great size and shape, and I love the color. (It’s practically the same as the Tory Burch French Grey!) It comes with a removable zip-top pouch, it has a covered magnetic closure, and the sides are embellished with polished silver studs.
This bag actually reminds me a lot of this Rebecca Minkoff unlined studded tote that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but it’s a fraction of the price. If you are looking for a leather version of this bag, check out the Rebecca Minkoff one. It’s really sharp, and it’s currently on sale in the grey.
When I wear a scarf, I rarely wear a necklace, unless I’m planning to remove the scarf. Instead, I like to wear a bold earring. My current faves are these faux pearl double studs. I like how they show up in my dark hair, and they go with both gold and silver jewelry.
I got up early and curled my hair for this post because I always like my pictures better when my hair is curled, especially when I’m wearing a scarf. If you missed it, I posted a video tutorial on Monday with how I curl my shoulder-length hair.
My nail polish is CND Creekside. It’s a pretty, chalky blue, which is perfect for wintertime. I’m also wearing red lipgloss, which is a bit of a departure for me, but I’m so pale this time of year, and I thought it looked nice with the bold red and navy scarf.
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