Layered Cropped Sweater + Blouse

If you've been following me for a little while, you've already heard me talk about how much I love fall layers and look forward to cooling temperatures this time of year.  Last week, we had a few days of fall-like weather here in Seattle that gave me a chance to start putting outfits together.  I previously styled this black cropped sweater over a maxi dress here, and today I want to show you that with the right layers the same sweater can be appropriate for a casual to business casual office.  I layered this cropped sweater over an untucked white sleeveless blouse with black piping for full tummy coverage (untucked helps make my torso look longer).  Then I added olive skinny cargo pants, leopard pumps, a blingy statement necklace, silver jewelry, and two different bag options for a day to night look.  The tote is perfect to transport my laptop to work in the morning, and can be swapped out for the clutch after office hours.

 Sweater: "Cropped Mixed Stitch Crew Neck Sweater" in black, XS left + all sizes in cobalt for $19.99 (on sale!) at Express here
Blouse: "Factory Tipped Draped Tank" in white/black, navy/green still available for $29.50 at J Crew Factory here
Cargos: J Brand (old), current "1348 Kassidy" in vintage olive, $231 at J Brand Jeans here
Pumps: Halogen "Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump" in tan leopard print (runs large, size down!), $89.95 at Nordstrom here 
Necklace: "Crystal Bib Necklace" in silver/clear, $46.80 (40% off!) at Nordstrom here
Rings: Baublebar/H&M, similar Leith "Thick Band Ring" in gunmetal, $18 at Nordstrom here and "Pyramid Midi Ring" in silver, $22 at Baublebar here
Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs "Blade" watch in gunmetal/silver, silver available for $225 at Dillard's here or check out the rose gold version here
Clutch: Koret New York (no longer available), similar Koret New York "Ori Clutch" in black, $286.40 (on sale!) at Shopbop here 
Tote c/o Conversation Pieces: "Perfect Everyday Glamour Tote" in tan, beige still available for $54 here

The easiest way to achieve this layered look is to purchase a sweater & blouse combo that is already stitched together!  Check out these layered sweaters, all reasonably priced under $80:

 Left: "Sheer Floral Inset Sweater" in oatmeal (also available in deep teal, lilac, and black), $41.96 (30% off!) at The Limited here
Middle: "Cheetah Print Layered Sweater" in black, $79 at Ann Taylor here 
Right: RD Style "Mock Layered Sweater" in glacier grey (also available in black and pumice stone), $68 at Nordstrom here

Or, you can easily create your own layered look.  Check out my picks for cropped sweaters below, perfect to add your favorite blouse underneath and all under $70:

Left: "Chenille Crop Sweater" in dusty pink (blush is the color this fall), $68 at Topshop here
Middle: Olive & Oak "Textured Crop Sweater" in black/white, $69 at Piperlime here
Right: "Classic Cropped Sweater" in cream (also available in black), $15.80 at Forever 21 here

How would you style a cropped sweater and blouse this fall?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!


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