Casual Outfit Formula: Long Cardigan + Tee + Jeans + Boots

Hello, friends. Happy hump day! Cyndi and I are back again with another casual outfit formula for moms. But first, a story. Grab a coffee. It’s kind of long. (I don’t tell short stories, but you know that by now, right!?!)

I don’t know what it looks like on the other side of the computer screen, but I thought I’d give you a little glimpse at life behind the scenes of this here blog of mine. It’s certainly not all glitz and glamor, I promise!

Last Saturday I needed to shoot two outfits — one for the Lucky Brand post I published yesterday, and the other one for today’s style collab with Cyndi. As many of you know, my husband is my photographer, and we have three kids, so in addition to finding decent light and cooperative weather, we have to fit our photo shoots in around our kids’ schedules and his work schedule. We depend on Saturdays for getting at least 2 outfits photographed each week — bonus if we can fit in three.

I try to stay ahead, but the weather last week was pretty disagreeable so I left both of these photo shoots to do on the weekend. When I work with brands, there is often a deadline or a window of time in which I agree to post, and my time was up. I HAD to get pictures on Saturday.

The first photo shoot went fine. It was snowing a bit, but that almost added a nice effect to the pictures. But then we got to the second location for the next outfit, the one in today’s post, and it was like we had stepped into a wind tunnel. I was sure we would have nothing worth posting, and I was pretty cranky, but we powered through and got some shots. You’ll notice it looks pretty breezy in these pictures, though.

But that’s not the end of the story.

When I got home and went to upload my pictures, I noticed something looked off. The lighting was decent, but I looked sick. I was positively grey. I went and looked in the mirror, and that’s when I realized that I’d done two photo shoots without any blush. I’d completely forgotten to put it on when I did my makeup that morning.

That may not sound like a big deal, but it’s wintertime, and especially after I slather on a ton of foundation for the camera, I have no color left in my cheeks. Thank goodness for PicMonkey! It actually has a Blush Boost feature that I used in every single one of the pictures for today’s post and Monday’s. That is a LOT of pictures to re-edit, but I just couldn’t stand to put them up without it — especially considering that the first set was for a brand sponsored post. (I say re-edit because I did all my normal editing in Lightroom, then I exported them and opened each one in PicMonkey to add the blush boost.) It took hours, but I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out, all things considered!

I’ll show you a before and after. I tried to keep them as natural looking as possible, so the difference isn’t huge, but I think you’ll agree it was worth the time to go through the pictures and add blush.

I share this because we work really hard on our photography to make our pictures as pretty as possible, but I also never want to put on a facade of perfection and pretend like it is effortless. Nobody’s life is perfect, least of all mine. Things don’t always go as planned, and that’s just the way it is. All we can do is make the best of it and keep on plugging along, amiright!?!

At this point, I can laugh about it, but at the moment when I discovered my oversight, I was pretty aggravated.

So, on to this outfit formula! This one is pretty basic, but I guess they all are. That’s the point, right???

For this formula, we are styling a long cardigan with a t-shirt and jeans and booties.

And speaking of things not going as planned… you’re going to hate me when I tell you my cardigan is sold out in the pink. I kept waiting for them to restock it, but they never did. Every once in a while, I see it pop up in one size and it sells within hours. It does, however, come in black, and this one by Free People is similar. It has the same slouchy silhouette, and it comes in a pretty blush color. Unfortunately it costs twice as much, but if it’s in your budget, it looks like a great piece.

How cute is this t-shirt, though? It is fully stocked at White House Black Market in all sizes, and I love it. (It would look cute under the black version of this sweater… just sayin’!) The chenille is super soft, and I love the slouchy silhouette. I’ve been wearing this sweater and t-shirt combination at least once a week. For size reference, I’m wearing the small in both.

Sale Alert >> Sale styles are BOGO 50% off at White House Black Market and it’s not all super wintry stuff… a lot of cute spring styles and wear now-and-later pieces are included. How cute are these black moto leggings? And I’m totally crushing on this red military jacket, and these chambray heels. Okay, one more… this split sleeve floral dress is adorable. Anyway, look around! You might find something you can’t live without… or two somethings. Remember, it’s BOGO!

So I completed today’s look with skinny jeans and booties. You can totally wear bootcut jeans with this look, if you prefer, but I like skinnies best with a slouchy sweater. These are AG so they’re spendy, but I’ll link to a few different options at other price points in the widget below. You could also wear tall boots rather than booties, or ballet flats or even sneakers.

Here I am wearing the same tee and cardi with black distressed jeans and Superstars.

And another time I wore the cardigan over a plain white tee with blue jeans and grey ballet flats.

These leather booties are less than $100, and I love this taupe color. I goes with almost everything, but I particularly like how it pairs with pastels and a more muted color palette such as this one.

I didn’t bother with a bracelet or a necklace, but I wore bold silver earrings to bring attention up to my face.

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chenille cardigan (similar) // café tee // AG legging jeans (similar for less) // taupe booties // similar crossbody (I also like this)

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see how she’s interpreting this outfit formula today, and see all of our casual outfit formulas for moms!

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