Stripes + Skate Sneakers

Greetings, friends! I hope this week is treating you well. Today’s outfit is one that I often throw on when I’m looking to be casual and comfortable but I want to be prepared for whatever might come up.

I was immediately drawn to this chunky striped sweater when I saw it on Nordstrom’s website, but I knew it was meant to be mine when I saw the name of it — Coast of Maine Stripe Sweater.

For those who follow along, I was born in Maine and most of my mother’s family still lives up there. We visit every summer and sometimes at Christmastime. I felt drawn to this sweater for that very reason — and also, stripes!

I usually wear this sweater with black jeans and my black leather skate sneakers, but sometimes I throw it on with distressed blue jeans and Converse. It’s just got a great casual, cool vibe, and it’s very comfortable and easy to throw on and go.

For size reference, I have the medium. It’s juniors sizing so I sized up, although I could probably wear the small. Also, it’s made of a cotton/acrylic blend so it’s great for anyone who can’t wear wool. It’s no longer available at Nordstrom, but I found it at Amazon and Zappos.

I’m so glad I sprung for these sneakers because I’ve worn them a ton although they were an impulse buy at the time. I wasn’t really looking for a pair of leather sneakers, but they’ve turned out to be my go-to fashion sneakers this fall. I like that they’re a little heavier than my Converse — they seem more suited to this time of year. Amazing, there are still quite a few sizes left at Saks Off Fifth.

I know I’ll get questions about wearing open back shoes in the winter and the sock issue. I don’t wear socks with these, and I wear them on milder winter days. Around here the temperatures fluctuate quite a bit. Everyone has a different threshold for cold and what they can tolerate, so it really comes down to preference and if you’re comfortable or not.

This Half United Haitian Coin Pendant is my favorite necklace for casual wear. I like the thicker chain and the longer length, and proceeds help support organizations that provide meals for children in need in the USA, Cambodia, Fiji and Haiti. It sold out at Nordstrom, but it’s available on the Half United website.

These are my Frame black skinnies, although I usually wear my Hudsons with this sweater because they have a slightly more faded black wash that gives them a more casual vibe, plus the Hudsons are more comfortable. If you’re looking to invest in a good pair of black skinnies, I’d go with Hudson. Also, they’re on sale!

This is just an easy casual outfit that is great for weekend wear or for those who are at home during the day and want to be comfortable but put-together.

Rip Curl Coast of Maine Stripe Sweater at Amazon or Zappos // Frame Le Color Skinny Jeans (I actually recommend the Hudson Nico; similar for less at Old Navy) // Vince Verrell Backless Skate Sneakers // Half United Haitian coin pendant // faux pearl earrings // Rebecca Minkoff Mini Perry Satchel

photo credit: Alison Cornell

Don’t forget about my Facebook Live at 11AM EST today! We can talk about holiday fashion or anything else you want to talk about. Have your questions ready! And be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.

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