Monday, March 3, 2014

just go with it

Decision making can be a funny thing. We're frequently presented with either/or options: "Paper or plastic? Cash or charge? Baked potato or mashed potatoes?" When did it become a thing that we had to pick one or the other? Why not just say "yes" to both? (I'm such a potato junkie, I would order both kinds of potato if it were socially acceptable to.)

This morning I was debating between wearing a tee or a button up shirt under my cardigan. I wasn't being drawn to one more than the other, so I just chose both. I've layered a (longsleeve) tee over a button up before (here) and liked how it turned out. I'm still not sure about today's combination, but you live, you learn, right?

How often do you step out of your fashion comfort zone? Do you prefer to play it safe, or do you like to try new things just for the sake of it?

Cardigan: The Limited [optionsplurge]
Chambray: Old Navy [similarsimilar]
Tee: The Limited [last seen here]
Pants: The Limited [option]
Boots: via Payless


  1. I remember thinking how genius this idea was the last time you paired an oxford under a tee. I want to try it, but I'm not sure I can pull it off like you do.

    I think it works especially because of the color combination. It looks crisp. Also, I thought you were braving flats in the snow, and then I realized you were wearing boots.

    As much as I do love boots, I would like to know when will we ever make it into skirts-without-tights and pants-without-boots weather?

  2. I've tried this with a blazer over top, but not a cardigan. I really like the outcome! That cardigan is so cute!

  3. Oh, I'm loving this look! I like the button down shirt paired with the t-shirt. I say, have two potatoes :)

  4. I love this combination, I've wanted to wear my chambray under a sweater or shirt but I always come across the "seeing the button" issue. Then I read something or found a pin that suggested wearing a tank top in between the two! Genius idea! :)

    1. I should have mentioned that is exactly what I did here! I've been using that trick ever since Fran and Bri posted about it!

  5. I really like this! At first glance I thought you were wearing a blazer, but it's so much more impressive that you layered all this under a cardigan and everything looks cute and not bunchy at all (which is how I imagine it would go if I tried this). The bold tee was a fun addition to the outfit!

  6. I second what Inge said! I would be worried all those layers would get bunched up and look awkward, but this looks sleek and cute!

    And on the topic of potatoes - most of the steakhouses around here offer 2 sides, but I don't like most of the options, so I am known to get 2 baked potatoes. It confuses servers and probably embarrasses everyone at my table, but baked potatoes are delicious!

  7. You always have the cleverest ideas for layering!
    Ever since starting a blog, I've been more willing to try new things, particularly when it comes to color.

  8. I think this is great. I haven't tried layering a button shirt under a tee - I don't have enough tees to give it a try. Really loving the color combo here.


  9. I'm definitely more of a play it safe kind of girl but some of my best outfits are when I get out of my comfort zone and try something new! I love your layered look and hot pink top!
    Exploring My Style

  10. It turned out great! I never think to layer a button down under a long sleeved tee or even a short sleeved tee for that matter. The color combo is really great too!

  11. i don't always think i am creative enough to come up with ideas like this, but i love the tee layered over the button-down! it's such a great alternative if you want to wear say a sweater but don't have a certain color, but you have that color in a tee. thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. This is so great, Kate! I wish I could do something like this, but I'm "bulky" enough on my own, and too many added layers will make me look even bigger :(


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