The Madewell Look for Less


You guys know my style by now. I like to call it classic-with-a-twist, but I don’t really know if everyone else would necessarily describe it that way.

But sometimes, just sometimes, I’d like to be a Madewell girl. You know the type, right? Casual, cool looks that look like they just rolled out of bed and threw on some basic pieces to take on the day. Madewell girls incorporate minimal prints/patterns (beyond stripes and plaid), neutral colors for daaaaays (with some red and blue thrown in every now and then), and they’re nearly always in jeans (since Madewell is known for their quality jeans).

I was inspired by that easy vibe for today’s outfit, which I wore one Friday when I was off of work. Jeans? Check. No patterns? Check. Neutral colors for daaaaays? Check. But the best part about my outfit? Not a single piece from Madewell (whose prices are similar to J.Crew…since they’re owned by them)! Which means that I’m saving dollars and still styling!

Get inspired by some actual Madewell girls and their awesomely cool looks here.  And if you could dress like any brand that’s not your normal style, what would it be?


  • On Target item: Merona Cable Knit Sweater (similar)
  • Hat: Merona, Target (almost exact)
  • Lip Color: Covergirl (exact in Magnetic Mauve)
  • Watch: Timex (exact)
  • Nail Color: “Rhapsody Red” (exact)
  • Purse: Express (exact)
  • Jeans: Loft (exact)
  • Flats: Merona, Target (similar tassel options below – they all come in black)

  • This outfit is SO fantastic! I would gladly wear black, grey, and burgundy all fall and winter long.

  • copying asap! you look perfectly effortless, especially in the photo where you’re holding your hat.

    xo nicole

  • Sarah H.

    I shop at Madewell all the time and I still don’t look like a “Madewell girl.” So you can totally pull off the Madewell girl look without actually shopping there — it works both ways :)

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

  • L Magoon

    Love the grey and black on you. That sweater is beautiful! Also, great fall backdrop again.

  • Love this look! You look so chic