Turning Plain Basics Into an Outfit

Top: Cotton On (similar: one, two)  |  Striped cardigan: Target (similar: onetwo, three)
Shorts: Loft  |  Wedges: Target (shop, similar, similar
Clutch: DSW (shop, charcoal grey)  |  Necklace: c/o Bubble Necklace Co. (shop
I don’t know what it is, but when the weekend rolls around I often wear the same outfit multiple times over the short span of a couple of days.  This was my Friday and Saturday outfit, folks.  On Friday night it was actually cold enough to wear a cardigan!  (Then it shot up to 90 degrees the next day.)
But truth be told, on Friday I worked from home just wearing this all day:
Then, once B came home we decided to go out to eat.  It was late, though, and I was HANGRY (so hungry that you are cranky and angry…anyone?).  That meant I had to put together a “real” outfit, stat.  In a flash moment, I quickly turned this into the outfit I initially showed you at the top of this post. 
Many of you have commented on how the “before” and “after” pics that are sprinkled through out this blog have been really helpful for you to see how to create an outfit that looks decently pulled together.  I decided to break down today’s outfit for you:
My original combo was very plain, so I contemplated changing completely for dinner, but I knew that would probably take me longer than necessary.  I was too hungry for that.  It was oddly a little cold, so I needed a cardigan.  I opted for my (only) patterned cardigan to give my solid pieces some interest.  A polka dot, floral, or animal print cardigan would have worked just as well.  Even with the cardigan, my outfit was still missing a focal point, so I grabbed my go-to yellow bubble necklace to remedy that and to anchor the whole thing.  I did a quick partial tuck with the front of the shirt (you’ll notice it’s shorter in the 3rd and 4th pics), and I rolled the sleeves of the cardigan.  The simple addition of a clutch and wedges polished off the look, and we were off to tame the hangry beast.
Then I wore it again the next day for a BBQ, just with the sandals and a cross-body bag.
That’s the simple behind the scenes look at this outfit!
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