Switching It Up: Replacing Your Cardigans with Roomy Flannels

I think I would be doing you budget-conscious, trendy ladies a disservice if I didn’t tell you about Old Navy’s boyfriend flannels. As the “boyfriend” in the name suggests, these flannels are longer and roomier. Translation: they’re amazing, not to mention affordable. So affordable, in fact, that five of them have found their way into my closet. I counted today…not sure how that happened exactly. But I wanted to make sure I could re-purpose them. I have seen them most often worn with a pair of skinny jeans and tall boots. Not bad but mildly predictable, if I’m being honest. I have also seen them peeking out of heavier sweaters for a layered look. I wanted to try something different, though, something that would work at work. For those who are new to my blog, I’m a high school English teacher in a rural Iowa school.

My classroom gets really warm really easily, so I like to layer lighter pieces, and I will say the flannels have replaced my cardigans quite often. Yes, I can still wear my thinner cardigans way up on the third floor. I have relied on cardigans as the basis of my work wardrobe for as long as I can remember. But my goal this fall/winter season is for my flannels and cardigans to share duties in my wardrobe.

Here’s one way I have been wearing my flannels lately.

Flannel from Old Navy (in a small tall), Twirl Boutique pocket tee (in a medium),
Stella & Dot jewelry, Old Navy pixie pants in navy, TOMS boots via Von Maur
I am a hoarder of neutral clothing pieces, so the flannels offer me both color and a print to add to my outfits. The formula I most often follow when wearing flannels to work goes something like so:  open flannel + slouchy tee in complementing color +layered necklaces + skinny pants + ankle boots

Having formulas to follow makes it really easy to get dressed in the morning. I highly recommend this wardrobe strategy (formulas) especially for working moms who may struggle to find a ton of time to get ready in the morning. 
And speaking of layered necklaces. . .
 I am wearing the on the mark necklace paired with the silver rebel pendant from Stella & Dot. The layered necklace look is very on-trend at the moment, and these two jewelry wardrobe staples pair really nicely together when you need a classic, yet simple look. I paired the necklaces with my arrison stretch bracelet, pyramid cuff bracelet (discontinued), and one of my new favorite pieces, the rebel ring in silver (on my index finger). 
The REBEL RING (comes in silver and gold) has been such a great addition to my jewelry collection, as it pairs well with several of my silver basics, adding just a little bit of something extra. What I like about Stella & Dot rings is that most are adjustable, so I can choose on any given day on which finger I want to wear the ring. I’m not stuck with a ring in one size that will only fit on one finger.
And a final parting thought. . . TOMS boots. That is all.
I have heard from several of my blog readers that they are leery of flat ankle boots and want some with a heel but don’t know where to turn for cute but comfortable ankle boots. May I introduce you to TOMS boots and wedges? I have owned the TOMS taupe desert wedges for two years. They are more comfortable than a lot of my flats. I was in search of a gray boot, and I liked the sweater-y detail, along with the tassels and the bling.  They are pricey, but TOMS donates a pair of shoes for every pair of TOMS purchased. . .and in my experience, they are quite comfortable and durable. OK, now that I sound like a grandmother, it may be time for me to sign off for now.
Coming up in my next post? The contents of my third Twirl Trunk and a GREAT giveaway! 

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