Wear Now & Later: Crochet Cardigan, Basic Tee, & Jeans

Let’s chat basics including one you may not have realized you need, a crochet cardigan! 

Laura Leigh of Louella Reese transitions a basic white tee and jeans combination into fall with a Free People Crochet Cardigan

crochet cardigan | c/o white tee shirt | straight jeans | c/o wood handle handbag {on sale -under $30} | nude ballet flats | c/o white statement earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

Yes, it’s still August and yes I just talked about what to cross off your late summer bucket list last week. BUT let’s be honest, fall isn’t too far into the future. Also, if you’re anything like me, you may still want to shop for the current season. Items you can wear now but also know you’ll be able to wear them later, when the new season arrives. And that’s where today’s post comes in! 

Last week, I styled this crochet cardigan for summer with a striped tee and shorts. So today, I’m sharing how I would style it for later. Later being either late summer evenings or when fall officially arrives. 


Wooden Handle Rattan Handbag | Summer to Fall Transition Handbag featured on Louella Reese
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese pairs the Free People Saturday Morning Crochet Cardigan with the Frame Le Slender Straight Leg Jeans
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese styles a basic white tee with Frame Le Slender Straight Leg Jeans and a crochet cardigan
Laura Leigh of Louella Reese styles a basic white tee and jeans combination for summer that will transition perfectly into fall with the addition of a Free People Crochet Cardigan

crochet cardigan | c/o white tee shirt | straight jeans | c/o wood handle handbag {on sale -under $30} | nude ballet flats | c/o white statement earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

Truthfully, I’ve been living in all of the pieces included in today’s post as of late. Paired together and separately. I have finally found the perfect basic white tee shirt. It’s soft, the perfect length for tucking into high-waisted items, and the sleeves are a great length with room. Aka they aren’t too tight, too capped, or too long. A total win in my mind!

Sizing: I would say the tee fits a little fitted, I opted for a medium for a little looser of a fit. 

I think I mentioned this last week but this crochet cardigan wasn’t one of those immediate have to have pieces. Honestly, I looked over it initially when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale first came out. But then completely fell in love with it, stalked it till in came back in stock in this color and my size, and immediately purchased. Now I’m hooked and wearing it tons. The cardigan is great for light layering now and will allow for plenty of underneath layers once temperatures lower.

Sizing: The cardigan is only offered in two sizes XS/S and M/L – it runs large so if you’re in between, I would go for the smaller size. 

Finally, these jeans. Goodness, I could sing their praises from our roof! They are pure perfection. I have never in my life had a pair of jeans fit just right, the way these do. The high-waist is higher but not like uber high. The fit through the legs has room but not the baggy boyfriend jean feel. Most importantly, they make your butt look really good haha. But seriously, they’re the comfiest jeans I’ve ever worn.

Sizing: They run TTS. 

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  1. I love how you do basics! I need to take a note from you! (P.S. crossing my fingers I win this giveaway!! It’s so good!)

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

    Posted 8.21.18
    • You are too kind gal! Thank you lots! Haha, right? I want to win too!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 8.21.18
  2. Morgan wrote:

    Seriously so excited you found those jeans!! They are too perfect on you and a refreshing style to see in a sea of skinny jeans!

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    Posted 8.21.18
    • Thank you lady! Legit obsessed with them and agree, nice change from the skinny jeans!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 8.21.18
  3. Lee wrote:

    The crochet cardigan is beautiful; and I am also SO in love with your handbag!!!


    Posted 8.21.18
    • Thank you love! You should definitely scoop up both. Especially the handbag, it’s under $30

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 8.21.18
  4. Dana wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE this look! Also, buying this white tee ASAP….like 5 of them.

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 8.21.18
    • Thank you Dana! Yes you should and agree, I want like five of them and in every color haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 8.21.18
  5. Cathy wrote:

    Loving your pretty sweater and fabulous bag!!


    Posted 8.21.18
  6. Belle wrote:

    I need that cardigan! It looks so cozy and perfect for the cold weather ahead!

    Posted 8.21.18
  7. Candace wrote:

    I absolutely love neutral colors so I’m loving this outfit. The crochet cardigan is a definitely must have for this fall-winter!


    Posted 8.21.18
  8. Megan wrote:

    I live in cardigans like this during the fall! This post has me ready for colder temps and falling leaves!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

    Posted 8.21.18
  9. Greta wrote:

    I’ve had my eye on this Free People cardigan! Looks like such a cozy piece.

    Posted 8.21.18
  10. Kileen wrote:

    Loving this simple but chic look babe. All about chunky cardigans in the Fall!

    cute & little

    Posted 8.22.18
  11. Oh this cardigan is so cute and I am loving the crochet look! I really need to grab one before the cooler weather really comes!

    Posted 8.22.18
  12. Emily wrote:

    ok that cardigan looks SO COZY! I think I need it in my closet ASAP!

    Posted 8.22.18
  13. Love this transitional outfit! Those really do look like the perfect pair of jeans.

    emily g.


    Posted 8.22.18
  14. Dana wrote:

    This cardigan is seriously too perfect. Love that you can wear it now with shorts!

    The Champagne Edit

    Posted 8.23.18
    • Oh my gosh yay! So glad you love it – you’ll have to pick it up!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 8.24.18

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