Top: H&M (one, two, three)  |  Cardigan: H&M (similar)  |  Jeans: Forever 21 (one, two)  |  Flats: Old Navy (one, two)
I know, I’ve been wearing these black jeans a lot.  Sorry, peeps.  A series of busy weeks calls for “go mode,” aka a jeans rut.  Jeans and plaid, that’s how I roll to get business done.  Creative juices will flow once again when all craziness ceases in January…hopefully.
Anyway, I originally planned to wear this outfit like the second picture, but I went with the first one instead.  I like the contrast of the darker tan cardi in the second pic better than the beige one above, but the second outfit was a little fussy.  The look needed a belt, but the cardigan wouldn’t stay in place with the belt so I scrapped it.  Which way would you wear it?

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    Morgan Hash
    December 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I would wear the first look – no changes – well except for I would probably switch out flats for my riding boots! I would have never thought to throw a cardigan over a button-up – very clever!!

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    Lynette Hoyle
    December 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Love the look! I like how look two looks on you, but for some reason I can never get into cardigans on myself. I don't know why! So I'd probably play it safe and throw a tweed blazer over this, haha. But love both looks! 🙂

    Lynette @ lynette marie

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    Kate M
    December 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I'd wear the first look as well. I've tried to do the belt over a cardigan before as in the 2nd look, but I never think it looks right.

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    Kerrie Williams
    December 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    for me, I'd go with the first. Its looks easy, cute, and comfy 🙂 Like you said, no fus.

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    Genie Leslie
    December 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I agree about the darker cardigan looking nicer, but always go with comfort! The first look is still cute and looks nice. I've just about decided that I can only do skinny belts with dresses. I found this wide stretchy black belt that I can wear at that waist/right under the boobs area. Because it's stretchy, it's so comfortable, and because it's wide, it holds cardigans way better than a skinny belt. Sadly, I found it at Goodwill so I have no idea where to find another one; otherwise I'd have 4 in different colors by now!

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    Autumn Rosenbaum
    December 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I like the top look! Looks more comfortable and "real life" to me. But I'm a stay at home mom of three littles, so my "real life" is a little different than yours. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    December 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I like the second one! It looks cleaner and more put-together. But to be fair, I would choose the first one if I was looking for comfort.

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    Melissa L
    December 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Loving the first cardi. The pockets make the cardi.

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    Sarah H.
    December 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I really like both honestly! Can't go wrong.

    Sarah's Real Life

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    December 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I love the second look! good choice to swap the cardi looks more put together with the belt too : )

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    pretty little things
    December 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    they both look great — but I like it cinched with the belt the most! xo


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    Amanda English
    December 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Love them both!!! I think I like #2 for me. 😉

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    December 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I'd wear it the top way – I feel like the heavy necklace negates the need for a belt around the waist, personally. May I ask where you got your necklace and bracelet? I am dying for some heavy chain pieces!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Necklace from Forever 21, bracelet here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99690023/gold-chain-bracelet-black-onyx-stone

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    December 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Definitely the first one for me! While the second one looks a little more polished, I don't know about you but I can't deal with fussy outfits when I'm trying to focus on something important. I need something that's not going to require a readjustment every five seconds. 😉 The first one looks so much more comfortable.

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    December 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I prefer the first look – but I like the second, too. I always have trouble with the belt over the cardigan…


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    A J
    December 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I agree, I like the contrast of the colors in the second outfit, but it does seem a little fussy. And when you're crazy busy, fussy doesn't work. I like the comfy-factor of the first look!


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    December 7, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I prefer the first look too – comfy and relaxed. But then again I always look so frumpy with my cardigan belted so maybe I'm biased.

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    December 7, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Some days we just need those easy peasy outfits! I like both of them 🙂


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    Lisa | happyby.blogspot.com
    December 8, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I'd go with the first one as I prefer comfortable cuts, simple shapes and no fuss accessories 😉

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    Sarah With A Bow
    December 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    At least amidst the busy times and madness you are still managing to post regularly. I have not been doing so well in that area, hehe. Anyway, regarding your belt or not question, I never feel right in a belted cardigan, so I would opt to do without. But you seem to be able to manage either way. (:

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