Improvising

Blazer: thrifted (similar: onetwothreefourfive)  |  Top: Old Navy (similar: onetwo)
Cardigan: Tilly’s (shop, see here for lots of other options)  |  Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Dolce Vita via Macy’s (see here for options)

Sooo, forgive me, I’m a little slow sometimes.  I wanted to recreate this layered look, but I didn’t have similar tops or a pullover sweater.  What I drew from it, though, was pairing a plaid shirt with a sweater in a similar color.  That solved the color problem, but the other problem was that I didn’t have a pullover sweater in a color similar to any of my plaid shirts.  Well, I don’t have many pullover sweaters, period.  (Just two striped ones.)  I can’t seem to find the right ones for myself, but I have a growing collection of cardigans.  Then I finally realized that I could do a similar effect by keeping my cardigan buttoned up!  Duh for some of you, but newsflash to me.  (I said I’m a little slow.)  Perhaps I’m a little too thrilled that I got to recreate the look without having to buy a pullover.  Whoop whoop!

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    December 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I love the inspiration and I love your recreation. I would say yours wins out though because the buttons add an extra element of texture, you know? This is a very "smart" look, so I don't think yo are slow at all! 🙂

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    Judy Carpenter
    December 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    I love the colors of your shirt and sweater. I'm looking for them everywhere. I think they must sell out quickly.

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    Sheila
    December 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Great layering look! I love that blazer!!! 🙂

    xo – Sheila
    http://www.sheislovelyblog.com

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    Van at Botanical Curator
    December 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Really love the inspirational photo. Thanks for sharing.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Judy! For mustard cardigans, check this list: https://www.puttingmetogether.com/p/where-to-buy-my-closet-staples.html

    For the plaid shirt, the closest I can find right now is a yellow plaid at Old Navy, but the material looks thin and breezy on the less structured side, like a camp shirt: http://www.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?id=385156940&pid=uid36-7339994-58&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=Product+Link

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    Kate, Perpetual Student's Wife
    December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Well done! I love that the cardigan kind of gives it a menswear style. Like a casual 3-piece suit. This is such a great look, Audrey!

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    Miranda
    December 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I love this look, Audrey! It came together so cute! The colors look great 🙂 I don't think that I'd think to use a cardigan either but you definitely get the same effect!

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    Lindsay Garvey
    December 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I love the layered look with mustard! Stealing this idea!

    http://www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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    Camille Whitlock
    December 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Love this look! I love the layered look and have attempted it several times, but I feel bulky. Also from the look you were inspired from, how do you get three layers rolled without looking like you have a huge lump on your arm?

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    Kacie Ellis
    December 3, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    You recreated the look perfectly!

    http://www.daisyraeboutique.com
    http://www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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    Tara
    December 4, 2012 at 12:10 am

    This is such adorable layering, love it!

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    Terri
    December 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Lookin' good! Congrats on not having to buy new stuff to steal outfits (I do that WAY too often).

    http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

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    amylshaughnessy
    December 4, 2012 at 12:14 am

    LOVE this look! The cardigan is the perfect touch.

    Amy

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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    kimmie
    December 4, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I love the inspiration photo. I may have to steal that idea! But with a pullover sweater 😉 You look super cute, and sometimes I totally have those DUH moments too. I love how your outfit turned out!

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    Franziska
    December 4, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I really like this look. I think the best part is that you can take the blazer off if you are too layered, and you are still layered! 🙂

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    Monica Hall
    December 4, 2012 at 1:54 am

    That's how I feel.

    What about having wore the cardigan backwards, no? 🙂

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    respect_the_shoes
    December 4, 2012 at 2:25 am

    What a great look! I love you in those boots!

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    Lindsay Patrick
    December 4, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I love the mustard yellows together, so pretty. The cardigan almost looks like a vest, which I also love.

    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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    Cyxx O'Brien
    December 4, 2012 at 3:56 am

    So cute! I love finding ways of wearing plaid without looking like a lumberjack.

    Cyxx

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    Happinessatmidlife
    December 4, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Love this look! I have not put a cardi under a blazer – I am afraid it would add so much bulk but it looks great on you!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    December 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Well, another secret move that I realized was in the inspiration picture, her "pullover" is actually a short-sleeved t-shirt! So, there's only the plaid shirt and the blazer sleeves to worry about, and that's pretty easy.

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    Louise
    December 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    I like your outfit. Making do with what you got is great. Nice colours!

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    A J
    December 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I actually like the cardi with the blazer! I have the opposite problem, lots of pull overs but not many cardis.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    Tasmin Skye
    December 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I loooove the cardigan/blazer combo. Never would have thought of that. Very cute!

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    L
    December 6, 2012 at 3:46 am

    i like the striped peplum jacket.

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    Lisa | happyby.blogspot.com
    December 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The colors look great with each other and the jacket is lovely. A little improvising goes a long way 🙂

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    Julia
    January 8, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Love this! I'm recently thinking about starting a style blog and was wondering, do you have a photographer or do you use a tripod? Really love seeing how you find so many outfits using the same pieces! Look forward to hearing from you!

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    Steph @Scarves&Styles
    January 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I actually like the cardigan option better. I find difficult to layer sweaters over shirts. It seems like it always bundle up or make creases and lines in weird places. With the cardigan, there's less tension and it seems easier to fix when things get all moving 🙂

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    Neena Prasad
    July 9, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Which Target do you go to? The one in Escondido doesn't have good choice?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    July 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Mission Valley or Balboa.

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