Black & White + Turquoise

Hello and cheers to Friday! Today I’ve got a new spring outfit that could be work wear for some settings, and it’s something I’d wear to church or out to dinner.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing black print Express Portofino Shirt with white Paige Verdugo skinny jeans and Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Gulf Blue.

This black and white portofino shirt is from Express, and I really like it. I don’t usually wear button-down shirts because they tend gape across the chest, or the collared neckline seems masculine to me, but this one is perfect because of the flattering way it creates a v-neckline and the lack of gapeage.

I really think gapeage should be a word.

I wore this shirt with black jeans one night to go to a musical in Philly, but this time I paired it with white, and I added a fun pop of color with these turquoise pumps.

I carried an off-white bag because I like how it blends into the neutral tones of the outfit.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing black print Express Portofino Shirt with white Paige Verdugo skinny jeans and Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Gulf Blue.

For jewelry, I went with my 3-disc necklace and ball drop earrings. I like how this necklace fills a v-neckline and goes with so many different earrings.

This shirt is on the longer side, so I did a front-tuck to create balance. For size reference, I have the medium. Express seems to be cut for younger women so I always need to size up in their tops.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing black print Express Portofino Shirt with white Paige Verdugo skinny jeans and Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Gulf Blue.

The jeans are my go-to Paige Verdugo ankle skinnies, and the shoes are from last year and unfortunately are pretty much gone. You could also shop your closet for a different color shoe — another bright color or a pastel would work equally well. Anything goes with a black and white outfit!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing black print Express Portofino Shirt with white Paige Verdugo skinny jeans and Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Gulf Blue.

portofino shirt // white jeans // turquoise pumps // 3-disc necklace

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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