The following post was written by Vanessa Rodriguez, who blogs at Stylishly Me and is part of POPSUGAR Select Fashion. 

Fall Wardrobe Essentials - The Aztec-Print Cardigan

As I mentioned in this first essential-outfit post, I'm starting a new series this Fall: "1 Piece, 3 Ways." These posts will focus on one item and share three separate ways to wear it. The first in the series is the Aztec-print cardigan!

The great thing about this aztec-print cardigan is that it's incredibly affordable, only $20! With the endless outfit opportunities and Fall commencing, it's an essential piece to have in your wardrobe. Of course, a sweater cardigan doesn't have to have an Aztec print - it can be in any color or pattern that you wish - but I thought this was a fun way to change it up.

Essentials don't always have to be expensive, but they do have to be a piece that you love and you know you'll wear over and over again. This is the reason I started these posts. I love lots of my closet pieces and I often wear the same piece throughout a season and I wanted to share the versatility of pieces here with you.

Below are the details for each outfit post and options to create a similar look. Click on the title to view the entire outfit post and more photos.

Add a Pop of Color With a Hat or Blouse

With the Aztec cardigan being black and white, I wanted to add some color. I added this gorgeous Fall colors to this outfit by adding an olive green fedora (shop similar) and a mustard yellow shirt (shop similar). Not only do they break up the look, but the colors are also very Fall, so it goes great with the cardigan and the season.

Try adding come color to your Fall outfits with accessories, such as a handbag or a hat. It's easy to wear a Fall-colored blouse for some seasonal fun.

Go Casual With a Top Bun and Flat Boots

When you want to wear your Aztec-print cardigan sweater on a casual date with friends or significant other, have it feel casual from head to toe. I don't often wear high top buns, but I think this hairstyle really went with the vibe of the outfit. Instead of heeled boots, I wore flat embellished boots (shop similar) to keep the casual feel. The finishing touch was a larger black-and-cream satchel (shop similar).

Dress It Up With Mid-Calf Boots and a Short Dress

Wearing your oversize Aztec cardigan with a dress can be a little tricky. You need to find the right balance between sweater and dress. The dress needs to be on the shorter size and either fitted or with a belt. In this outfit, the dress (shop similar) hem was below the cardigan, and I wore a matching waist tie to accentuate my waist. To keep the outfit from looking bulky, I didn't wear tights and mid-calf boots (shop similar). This is a great transitional Summer-to-Fall outfit.

How do you like the new "1 Piece, 3 Ways" outfit series?! I would love to know what you think in the comments, below. If there is a specific item you would like to be feature, let me know!

Stay Stylish,

- V

Source: 1 Piece, 3 Ways: The Essential Aztec-Print Cardigan