Have you heard about the 2×2 outfit formula that TikTok made all the rage? I’m not on TikTok, so I don’t know who started all that. But truthfully stylish women have been working this 2 by 2 outfit formula for years. So today I’ll explain a little more, and I’ll work the 2×2 outfit formula with a pair of fantastic black Tribeca pants from Talbots.
What is the 2 by 2 or 2×2 outfit formula? It’s simply wearing two casual clothing pieces with two more elevated or dressier pieces in the same outfit. This formula gives you that desirable juxtaposition that creates interest, but it also keeps the look balanced. It’s a smart way to create elevated casual outfits, especially since so many great items in both camps – casual and dressy – are on trend right now. Also, I think using the 2×2 outfit formula is a good way to look more youthful without looking like you’re trying too hard.
For all three examples in which I’m working the 2×2 outfit formula, I’m wearing the Tribeca pants, new arrivals from Talbots. You can learn a lot more about the Tribeca pants in this week’s video, but suffice it to say they are very modern and chic ankle pants with a high waist, simple darts, belt loops, functional but flat pockets and a smooth front closure. Talbots does such a great job with their pants, keeping them current, but also classic and suited to a real woman’s body.
The polyester, viscose and Spandex blend Tribeca pants have a nice light weight, a smooth hand and a lovely drape. I find them to run true to size, and they’re available in misses, petite, plus and plus petite sizes. Oh, and they do come in indigo blue, too.
Because my Tribeca pants are black and oh so polished, they definitely count as one of my two dressier items in all of my outfits. In this first combination the other dressier item is my blue double breasted blazer. Oh so sharp! I’m wearing a size 8 in the blazer.
My two more casual pieces in this first outfit are my dog days crewneck tee and my white leather sneakers. Sneakers and graphic tees are two casual items that I wear on repeat to work the 2×2 outfit formula. Paired with dressier items, they look very age appropriate, modern and stylish.
How fun is that? I would definitely wear this outfit for a day out and about doing a little shopping or going to lunch with friends. And since I’m wearing sneakers and comfortable pants, I’d even wear this for a little daytrip.
Let’s try the 2×2 outfit formula again, this time with a cashmere sweater as our second dressier item.
The Audrey cashmere Donegal sweater is a Talbots classic. And because it is cashmere I’m counting it as our second dressier item in this outfit.
Loafers are also a classic and always look polished and a little elevated. But, especially because my leather tassel loafers are in a burnished, cognac color, I’m counting them as our first of two more casual pieces in this 2×2 outfit formula.
The second casual piece in this outfit is my denim jacket (similar). I love denim paired with black, and now I have a mathematical explanation for why this combination appeals to me so much. Ha!
This 2×2 outfit formula works great with a cashmere sweater and polished black pants because the two more casual items help give the two more traditional pieces a little more personality. They relax the look a bit.
And again I chose loafers (similar option) for my second casual piece. Yes, they’re patent leather, so they’re a little dressy. But the shoe itself is definitely more casual than, say, a pump. So I’m going with it. And I could have worn sneakers here, but I felt like I do that so often as it is. I think the black leather loafers are a smart choice.
I had a lot of fun working the 2×2 outfit formula with my black Tribeca pants. But you can work this popular and tested style formula with anything in your closet. Simply combine two dressier items with two more casual items in your outfit.
Some of my favorite casual items to work with include my white leather sneakers, my retro sneakers, jeans, a denim jacket, a chambray shirt, graphic tees, loafers, and solid t-shirts. Favorite dressier items to use when working the 2 by 2 outfit formula include blazers, silk blouses, dresses, skirts, scarves, sparkly jewelry, cashmere sweaters, slacks and pumps.
Can you think of items in your closet that would combine nicely in a 2×2 style formula? Talbots has a beautiful selection of New Arrivals you may want to check out, including my Tribeca pants. And just through Friday, they’re offering 25% off regular price pants and jeans.
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If you’ve been a reader here for long you know that I encourage women to get dressed for their day so they can keep showing up in their world. I think we all have people counting on us and a reason to participate in the world around us. But I probably don’t say enough that as believers our main purpose for getting dressed for our day really should be so that we can carry out the great commission. Jesus has called us into the world to go and make disciples for Him.
How can you and I be disciple makers? We can invest in younger women, whether they be our daughters and daughter-in-law, our neighbors or young women at church. We can rub shoulders with them on a regular basis, showing them what a grace-filled life looks and sounds like. We can build relationships with them so we have the privilege of speaking into their lives. And we can use those opportunities to speak words of faith, biblical truth, godly perspective and hope. We have a job to do, ladies. That’s why we must get dressed for our day.
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” ~ Matthew 28:18-20