Striped Sweater Tank Outfit
I asked on my Facebook page what outfit ideas people are wanting to see in the next few months, and I got a lot of great responses, but a couple of them cracked me up.
One was, “Something to make me interested in work…” to which I replied, “I’m not a miracle worker!” I mean, y’all. I can only do so much. Haha!
Someone else asked for boho looks. I actually love the boho style, and I’ve tried it so many times, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
Even though I may love them, some styles just do not work for me; and while I truly want to be a resource for women with different styles and lifestyles and fashion sensibilities, there are some things I can’t pull off. Boho is one of them.
Another person suggested, “Summer non denim slacks. Anything but skinny jeans.”
I wanted to reply, “Um, sorry, I think you’re on the wrong blog.” But I was afraid she wouldn’t get that I was trying to be funny and think I was sending her away. Which I would never send anyone away… unless they are rude, then good riddance.
But I did not take that comment as rude. It was an honest answer to an honest question, and it made me realize that I’ve done an entire style series without one pair of bootcut jeans or dress pants. OOOPS!
Yes, skinnies are my jam, but I actually do try to incorporate at least one or two outfits with a different style of pant from time to time.
I guess I was hoping the shorts and peddle pushers provided enough variety. That, and with moving and graduation and all the crazy, I haven’t been as intentional about keeping a variety in my summer looks.
I’ve been re-wearing a lot of base pieces from my pared down closet (my bootcut jeans and dress pants were boxed up when we staged our house to sell and I never got them back out again) and really just trying to stay ahead of the 8 ball, so to speak. Yes, I could have ordered some other pant styles to feature, but I honestly didn’t think about it.
I say all that to preface today’s look… yet another outfit with white skinny jeans. #sorrynotsorry
At least I can say this: this is the LAST outfit with white jeans I will be posting in this style series!
Okay, so there are only two days left. Haha! But still. This is the last one, and I just could not see this sweater with anything else.
Actually, that is not true. I think this outfit would look better with white bootcut jeans, but I don’t have any and didn’t think to order a pair before we had to shoot this look. It was only after looking at these pictures that I realized I look a little top-heavy from certain angles, and a pair of bootcut jeans or straight leg pants would create a more balanced look.
But this is what I’ve got, so let’s discuss.
I fell in love with this striped sweater tank the second I saw it on the Loft website, and YAY, it’s 40% off right now!!! (Use code HBDUSA)
Besides the bold black and white stripes, I also really like the wide straps and square neckline in both the front and back. It’s not the softest of knits, but it’s not scratchy or uncomfortable either, and it makes such a nice bold statement. It runs true to size; for reference, I’m wearing my usual small.
I wore this sweater to church on Sunday with the same white jeans, my red espadrilles, and a black bag; but for this look I switched it around and wore black sandals and carried a red bag. I really know how to live life on the edge, don’t I? Ha!
I absolutely love this bag, and I’ve been carrying it a lot. It’s such a nice change from the neutral bags I usually carry, and it’s the perfect size for everyday… at least for me. I like to have ALL the things.
And then there’s these shoes… #swoon
My Trunk Club stylist sent me these, and while I didn’t need another pair of black sandals, I loved them so much I decided to keep them and find ways to wear them.
They’re almost identical to the Sam Edelman Yaro style that I love so much, but they have a slightly lower heel, which I’m sure some of you will appreciate. These have a 3″ heel, while the Yaro heel is 3 1/2″.
And then there’s that gorgeous scalloped strap that adds just a touch of extra femininity to an already super flattering sandal. I just love them.
They come in a lot of other colors, but I really like the contrast of the black suede against my skin. While they’re great for summer, I can also see them with a winter cocktail dress or other dressy occasions year ’round. They run true to size; I’m wearing my usual 8.
Since I was carrying a red bag, I thought it would fun to repeat the color in my earrings.
Unfortunately these are sold out, but they are so perfect with my bag, I couldn’t resist wearing them. Both the earrings and the bag have a hint of coral in the red — they’re like a match made in heaven. If you’re looking for them, you can always check eBay — they’re the Kessie drop earrings.
My beloved Paige Verdugo ankle jeans in the Ultra White seem to be discontinued. I can’t find them anywhere, even the off-price retailers, but this pair with the raw hem is very similar. For a sewn hem, the DL1961 Emma in Milk is the the closest I’ve found. I’ve actually tried the DL pair and really like them. Unfortunately they’re back to full price after being on sale last week, but they’ll go on sale again.
If you’re looking for white jeans under $100, the Loft Modern skinny jeans are pretty good, and speaking of things I packed away when we staged the house, don’t forget about those Old Navy Rockstar skinny jeans that I’ve been so impressed with. For the price, you can’t beat ’em.
So there you have it! My last white jeans outfit of the series. Pinky swear. And I PROMISE to incorporate some other pants styles into future summer outfits. In fact, I’ll order a few pairs today. If you have any you love, or that you’d love to see me style, let me know!
photo credit: Alison Cornell
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!
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