Stripes + Yellow Pants

I had to laugh when I saw that Cyndi styled these yellow pants yesterday. I’ve been holding onto these pictures for a couple of weeks because I really don’t care for this outfit, and I wanted to put some space in between this outfit and some of the other ones that I didn’t care for so much; but when I saw her post yesterday, I decided I should follow up with mine.

I first styled this striped top with black ponte moto leggings for a casual weekend outfit, and I definitely think it’s better suited to that look. It has more of a casual vibe to it, but I thought the black and white stripes were a nice compliment to the yellow pants so I put them together. I still like this top, though, and I like it even better front-tucked.

I always struggle with chino pants; I’ve never really been a fan of them on me, although they can look cute on others. I thought these girlfriend chinos were better than most when I tried them on in the dressing room, but I can see in these pictures that I need something more structured on top and probably a heel (or a tailor.) If they were a little shorter and tapered a bit, they might be okay.

Some of you will probably tell me my pants are too big, but they do fit through the waist and hips, so I don’t think I could have gone down a size.  I’m 5’5″ for reference, and I’m wearing the size 6.

Once again, I’m wearing this 3-disc necklace with my double hoop earrings. I love this combination, and when I find a pairing that works, I find myself gravitating to it again and again. I’ve had a lot of requests for more advice on accessorizing. I’m not sure I’m an expert, but I can tell you what I like and what I tend to do.

When it comes to a necklace and earrings, I typically choose one larger piece and then I make the other a smaller supporting piece. Either a statement necklace with hoops or studs, or statement earrings with a delicate supporting necklace (or no necklace.)

In this case, these earrings make more of a statement, and the necklace is the secondary piece. The outfit could be okay without the necklace, but the v-neckline could use something, so I chose this delicate 3-disc necklace. A small pendant would also work.

My bracelet is usually more of an afterthought, although I almost always wear one. I have a couple of go-to bracelets that I wear most days, and every once in a while I reach for a more substantial piece. In this case, I wore my Alex and Ani bangles. These aren’t as popular as they once were, but I still like them. They’re on the more casual side and they’re delicate (which I like) but there’s enough of them to be noticeable. I should probably add a few more to make a more substantial stack; I have about 8 or 9.

I kept the look simple with black ballet flats and a black tote. This is another area where I probably could have made better choices, but with the bright yellow pants, I didn’t want to bring in a lot of other colors. I like how Cyndi carried a burgundy bag with her outfit — something like that might be nice here as well.

This top is fairly heavy so it’s not really a layering piece, but maybe a similar striped tee with a denim jacket would work better. I actually think denim would be a nice addition to this outfit, but I’m sure that surprises no one. I think denim improves just about every outfit, ha!

I’m open to your feedback, but I’ll be back in my safety zone tomorrow with skinny jeans and ankle boots! #sorrynotsorry

striped top (size small) // girlfriend chinos (size 6) // similar black flats (option/budget option) // similar tote (budget option) // necklace // earrings (option) // sunnies c/o Maui Jim // lipstick

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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