Style Help: Same Top, Different Seasons and Situations

A couple of weeks ago I did a Shopping Help post on Office to Casual tops.  Today I’m featuring a top that would have fit into that category, but actually showing how to incorporate it into outfits that work for both office and casual looks.  AND, since many of you are starting to experience the weather shift from warm to cold I’m also showing how to wear this top in office/casual looks for both warmer and cooler weather.  Double whammy today!

This top from H&M is a fantastically versatile piece.  I love its pattern, particularly that it’s prominent but also kind of subtle at the same time.  The navy/white combo also helps give it a neutral background without being plain.  Navy is one of my favorite neutrals because it pairs well with a lot of colors without looking too severe.  This will pair well with a number of different cardigans, but of course my go-to would be yellow!

Outfit 1 – Work in Warmer Weather
If your weather is still warm, pair your blouse with a light colored, flowy pleated skirt.  I paired this top with a beautiful white pleated skirt that’s ON MAJOR SALE.  I have been eyeing and eyeing and eyeing this skirt and watching the price drop, hoping it’s still in stock when I can actually try it on without a baby bump.  I almost didn’t want to put it in this post because I’m a stingy meanie and I didn’t want you all to scoop it up before I could get my grubby hands on it.  But hot dang, it’s such a frigging good deal right now!
Anyway, the skirt keeps things airy and fresh, and to continue in that vein I added a neutral beige pump and some lilac nail polish.  Then I grounded the outfit with a faux suede navy bag from Target, which is also on major sale.  We bought this bag for my sister-in-law for Christmas and she loves it!

Shop Outfit #1:
Top: H&M
Skirt: NY & Co. (sale for $15!!!)
Bag: Target (sale for $12!)
Shoes: Target
Nail Polish: Target

Outfit 2 – Work in Cooler Weather
For a cooler weather work outfit try your blouse with a colored trouser or colored khakis.  I went with maroon khakis and a navy blazer.  I LOVE maroon in the fall, and I really love it with navy!  Then I mixed neutrals with a black suede pump and my all time favorite cognac satchel.  Doesn’t it look so good with fall outfits?  Or…just anytime, really.  <3

Shop Outfit #2:
Top: H&M
Blazer: Target
Pants: Old Navy
Bag: Target
Shoes: Old Navy

Outfit 3 – Casual in Warmer Weather
Try your blouse with longer shorts!  They’re sleeker and a classy kind of casual to help you look polished while wearing shorts.  I chose black ones for this top, but they could have been paired with a lot of other colors.  I kept it simple with a matching flat sandal with gold accents, but added a touch of color with a coral pendant.

Shop Outfit #3:
Top: H&M
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Target
Necklace: Forever 21

Outfit 4 – Casual in Cooler Weather
Lastly, try your blouse with colored denim and a closed toed shoe.  I went with olive for this top, because olive is my other favorite color for fall (in addition to maroon).  Instead of a normal ballet flat like I might normally do, I tried some smoking loafers.  They say “fall” a little better, you know?
For jewelry, I typically go with a simple gold chain when I want to add something but don’t want it to compete with a busy top.

Shop Outfit #4:
Top: H&M
Jeans: Old Navy
Bag: Target
Shoes: Old Navy
Necklace: Forever 21

Is your weather already transitioning to fall?  Ours is gonna be hot hot hot for the next couple of months, I think.  
Which of these tips could you try with one of your own “office to casual” tops?

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    August 19, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks Audrey! You are my favorite fashion bloggers and I am a 62 year old woman. I think I am too old for the cargo vest! you have taught me how to mix and match what I have. Thanks again!

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    August 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    This is a really well-thought out blog post on transitioning items! I just started blogging, so thank you for the inspiration :).


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    August 19, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    So cute! I could see myself wearing all of these. When I'm not preggo, that is ๐Ÿ™‚ I've loved seeing your pregnancy outfits, by the way, and hope you'll have some cute ideas for chic postpartum/nursing wear too ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julia Strong
    August 20, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for the tips, you are SO good at this! I'm not so great at putting outfits together, so I greatly appreciate your blog!

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    Vann girl
    August 20, 2014 at 1:49 am

    These are great, as always! Your layouts are always beautiful, and you really think through the items you use. Do you use ShopStyle, or Polyvore (or something else) for the layouts?

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    August 20, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Super cute, I love the top that you picked!

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    August 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I love everything about these outfits, and "smoking loafers" cracked me up something fierce. It's kind of amazing how much you're crushing it during the last few days of your pregnancy! Good luck to you and the little one, and thanks for an awesome post!

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    Style Bits & Bobs of ME
    August 20, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Look 2 and 4 are my favorite! I am looking forward to cooler weather. I live in loafers and oxfords.

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    Marta C
    August 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    That's a great top and so versatile. Love all the different looks especially the last casual one!

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    August 20, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you for posting about the skirt anyway!! You should get one anyway for what you were wearing pre-pregnancy!! It's such a cute skirt.

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    August 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I need more sleeveless blouses in my life. I get hot and cold way too easily, so I like wearing them with cardigans and I can button up or let it hang open depending on the weather! I love the pattern in it. Is it silky?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I love sleeveless blouses too! I have no idea what the texture is. Haven't gotten to it in store, sorry!

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    August 21, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I love all these outfits! I pinned them all!

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    Leanne White Blackmon
    August 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I love the top and the versatility! Just ordered it from H&M.

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    August 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    3 days of silence… I wonder if that means there's a baby???? ๐Ÿ˜€

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    August 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Was thinking the same thing, and I'm sure we'll hear soon:):)

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    September 13, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Where is your vest from? I'd love to have that exact same one!

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    Claire May
    October 5, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I am in the last 2 weeks of my maternity leave and have just found your fantastic blog (Congrats on your beautiful little girl – born on my mother's 64th birthday!). These outfits are perfect for me as here in Melbourne Australia we are heading into Summer and the weather can be all over the place.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Congrats on your baby too!!

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    November 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    what about shoes? I have so many shoes and still hard to match them up with my outfits. What are the basics you recommend? I feel I wear 1 pair of flats everyday or other day since I don't want to stink them up lol

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    November 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Gaby! You can check this list under "Shoes" for all the different shoes I own, and clicking through them you can see which ones I wear the most.

    Based on the Wardrobe From Scratch Series (link at top of blog) I would choose one of the neutrals from your color palette and get a pair of flats, heels, and boots (if you need them) in that color. My neutral color is tan, so I have tan flats, nude pumps, and cognac boots which makes it easy to choose shoes based on occasion and not have to worry about colors. If you like a pop of color in your shoes, I'd recommend a pair of colored flats. My favorite are my red ones. Those would be the bare minimum, but as you can tell from my shoe list I have lots more!

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    December 20, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Hey! I found this and it really cheered me up! Thank you so much for making this site, it's exactly what I've been looking for and really needing for ages ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a question though, I am not sure what kind of Blazer to get and was wondering if you had any advice? On another page you mentioned that you needed curved corners and a mistake you made was getting a pointier blazer, was that to do with your body shape and how does body shape affect what kind of blazer to get?

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    January 5, 2015 at 12:38 am

    I'm so glad to hear that, Christina!

    For blazers, I think it had to do with my body shape and what I wanted the blazer to do. Back then I didn't have a grid for wearing my blazer with a dress, skirt, and jeans. I just wanted a blazer and bought one that was "cheap" and "fit." Once I got into remixing I realized I couldn't wear it with a dress or skirt because it looked weird on me! I'd say just know what you want your blazer to go with and when you try it on make sure the silhouette works, whatever the cut is.

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    Cody Doll
    March 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I am so much like you. I don't like layer because once I live in hot humid Florida. And two cause it's alot of work, well till I read this. Now I see I can add just a one or two pieces to my closet to add to my layer and make my outfits look nicer.

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    March 30, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    So glad I found this blog, can't thank you enough for all these posts!! I have been hating absolutely everything I own lately, and this has really inspired me!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    March 31, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Glad to hear that, Ashleigh! Thanks for taking the time to write! Hope you have fun with your wardrobe ๐Ÿ™‚

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