Styling a Top for Work and Play + Crazy Comfy Pants and Cute Frayed Hem Jeans

I know that many of you need business casual outfits while many others of you only need casual outfits, so today I’m excited to bring you both in this “Work and Play” post!  It’s got something for everyone!  
I scarcely need to dress business casual anymore, but when I did, I always loved having clothes that weren’t limited to only business casual attire.  Today I’m partnering with ModCloth to talk about how to find and style pieces for both work and play! 
The maroon striped top I’m featuring today inspired the whole post.  It is somewhat of a standard classic striped button up, but it has some details that make it cuter than your average button up and make it a better fit for wearing casually.  One thing ModCloth does so well is takes standard pieces and elevates them with really cute details!  This top’s cute puffed shoulders add a feminine touch, and the material itself is flowy rather than stiff.  That helps it feel more relaxed and makes it easier to dress down.  I think this top is adorable, and given that maroon is one of my favorite colors for fall, this color makes me extra happy!  
The top is sheer, so you will need some sort of camisole or shirt underneath.  I’m wearing a nude camisole in both of these outfits.  
SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and typically 6/8 or S/M and wear this shirt in M.  I’m size 8.5 to 9 in shoes.
Yellow Cardigan + Blouse + Maroon Pants + Pumps
Blouse + Yellow Cardigan + Maroon Pants + Maroon Pumps
Maroon Pumps + Maroon Pants + Yellow Cardigan + Blouse
Maroon Pants + Blouse + Yellow Cardigan + Tote
Maroon Pants + Tote + Yellow Cardigan + Blouse
For the work look, I went with maroon, maroon, and more maroon–and a pop of yellow!  You could pair it with a neutral completer piece, like a grey or navy blazer, but you know me, I love kicking up an outfit with a pop of color!
These ponte pants are from ModCloth, and they are SO COMFY and SO STRETCHY and seriously might as well be yoga pants except they have a zipper.  If you’re in need of some ponte pants for work, you’ve gotta check these out!  They also come in black and a slate grey HERE.  I wear size M.
This mustard yellow cardigan is a ModCloth staple that comes in a billion colors and a has been a staple in my closet for years.  (I have it in 5 colors!)  It’s super duper soft and comfortable!  I love that it comes in so many colors and how much fun they can add to your outfits!  I wear them in M and you can see all the colors HERE.  Highly recommend filling your business casual wardrobe with these.  (There is also a cropped version HERE which are great for creating more defined silhouettes with dresses and skirts.)  
Shop for the Look:
Top: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
Cardigan: ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
Pants: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
Shoes: c/o Naturalizer (exact–wearing 8.5)


Striped Blouse + Frayed Skinny Jeans + Nude flats
Frayed Skinnies + Striped Blouse + Tote + Nude Flats
Nude Flats + Frayed Jeans + Striped Blouse
Striped Blouse + Tote + Nude Flats + Frayed skinnies
Frayed skinnies + nude flats + striped blouse + tote
For the casual look, instead of dressing the top down with a regular dark wash skinny jean, I paired it with distressed jeans with a frayed hem.  I feel like the distressing adds an extra bit of casualness to the outfit.  Plus, these jeans were just TOO CUTE to pass up!

I’ve been slow on the frayed hem trend, but this is such a good pair and I’m glad I gave them a shot!  I was surprised by how well they fit, especially for jeans that are numbered in junior’s sizing (odd numbers).  Those usually don’t work well on my hips, but these fit great.  They are also thick, stretchy, and soft!  My friend thought they were so cute that she got a pair after seeing them on me!  😀  Check them out HERE.  

Shop for the Look:

Top: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing M)
Jeans: c/o ModCloth (exact–wearing 9)
Shoes: Sam Edelman (exact–wearing size 8.5)
Bag: Nordstrom 


If you like this “Work and Play” type of post, let me know and I’ll start doing more of them!   
Created in partnership with ModCloth
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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Nikoleta
    September 20, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Love your style, so stunning!!

    N, xoxo. / https://nljuljduraj.blogspot.com

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    kd
    September 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I never could understand the formed hem jean trend but you make it look grown up and fun! So I of course, 😊 got to try it! You always look so so nice and well..put together in your clothes. I’ll get there one day!

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    Amanda
    September 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I had so much trouble figuring out how to make one piece work multiple ways until I stumbled upon this blog. The different guides and posts have helped me SO much! I look at my closet a different way now that I know how to style pieces more than once.

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    Kendra Nay
    September 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    The posts I most appreciate are one piece many ways and what to pack for traveling. I’m in rut with my wardrobe right now. Trying to get some new ideas.

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    Natalie Pope Orr
    September 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Audrey, you’re awesome! Seriously considering the PMT fall style challenge because it sounds so fun. What I most need to learn about is how to put all the accessories together. I’m often wondering what kind of earrings I should wear based on my necklace etc. Thanks for all you do! Oh– and I’d love for you to teach us how to do a bracelet stack that doesn’t look like a mess 😊

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      Audrey @ Putting Me Together
      September 20, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Haha I’m not gonna be much help with bracelets! Since I’m on the computer almost all day, I hate having stuff on my dominant hand, and all I can tolerate on my left hand is a watch. 😀

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    Sonya
    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Yay, so excited for the fall challenge! Can’t wait to see the what’s on the list. My staple fall outfit is anything striped and a cardigan. Excited to add some new trends and updates to my fall wardrobe 🍁🍂🍁

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    Monika
    September 20, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I love this cardigan myself and what a great pop of color!

  • Reply
    Anne
    September 21, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Love a work to weekend type of post! Especially because with working from home, any “work” clothes I have only get used a few times a year when I travel to conferences, so they really do need to be able to do both. Love how you went full-on maroon with the work outfit – looks so long and lean with the pants and the shoes. Vavoom! 🙂

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    Lindsay Sutherland
    September 21, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Yup! Love the work to play ideas! I’m one of those ladies that works in a business casual environment during the day (and on some days business formal) and then I put on my “mom hat” the rest of the time.

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    Neysa Siefert
    September 21, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I love this combo of colors. I have learned so much from your blog and one of my big takeaways was to stop buying so many neutral bottoms… I’m always on the hunt for colored pants in a color that I know will flatter my skin tone and this maroon will definitely work!

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    Morgan Steinbach
    September 21, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I love this color combination!! I would love to see business casual styles posted as I am going to be student teaching next semester and graduating in May (YAY)! I am always looking for inspiration for cute, classic, appropriate looks for the classroom 🙂

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    Katie MacKenzie
    September 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I found your blog a couple of months ago and have really enjoyed it. It’s helped me put together some accessories with different shirts that I hadn’t thought of and as a result felt so much more put together.

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    Jessica Hill
    September 21, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I look at the outfits you post and they seem easy and put together! 😂 They are things I would actually wear and I love that. I struggle trying to do them on my own with what I have and I’m horrible with accessories and they seem to really make an outfit. I am in need of a closet makeover!

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    Nadine Peacock
    September 23, 2017 at 4:27 am

    Are you wearing a cami underneath this top? There’s a weird line in the front at the bottom of the top. When I looked at this top at Modcloth it looks totally see through. Is it?

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