Zebra Print Linen Puff Sleeve Tee | 22 Days of Fall Fashion

Happy Friday, friends! I’m excited for another weekend so soon. I made plans to go out to dinner with some girlfriends tonight. We’re trying out a new restaurant, and it should be a beautiful night for outdoor dining.

It’s also Day 9 of 22 Days of Fall Fashion, and I’m sharing a look that I might actually wear tonight. (I never decide what I’m wearing till the last minute.)

The puff sleeve is a big trend right now, but it’s not one that you’ll see me wearing very often. I have broad shoulders and am rather well-endowed in the chest area, so I don’t need any extra volume up top.

Plus I just tend to prefer clean lines and tailored pieces, however, I love this zebra print puff sleeve tee. The smocking on the sleeves is just enough to be trendy without overwhelming my frame, and the zebra stripes are a fresh take on animal print.

It’s a linen fabric, so rather summery, but you can certainly wear it into fall because of the colors.

For size reference, I have the small, but in looking at these pictures, I wonder if I should have sized down for a closer fit. I think I’ll try washing it and see if it takes up some.

The zebra print tee is a bold piece, so I kept the rest of the outfit simple so as not to compete with it.

Black jeans seemed like the obvious pairing — well, black or white, but I went with black since it’s fall. (I still wear white jeans in the fall, but I like to pair them with heavier fabrics or fall colors.)

These are the KUT From The Kloth Donna High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They have a 10 1/2″ front rise, so they’re not a super high rise, but high enough to be on trend.

I like the raw hem for a bit of an edge, and they’re made of a lightweight fabric that’s soft and comfortable. These jeans run true to size; I have the 6 regular.

And because I’m nothing if not predictable, I wore my Everlane Day Loafer Mules. For anyone just tuning in, I absolutely love these shoes. I have them in 3 colors!

They’re lightweight, the leather is high quality, and they’re incredibly comfortable. I have no problem walking in them or keeping them on my feet.

I like how they bring a classic, tailored piece to this look. And again, this top just seems to call for simple wardrobe basics that support it rather than compete with it.

These mules run small; I recommend sizing up a half size if ordering.

For accessories, I wore this mixed metal cuff bracelet and these gold double drop earrings. Both pieces are on the more delicate side, but still have some visual weight.

I also added my glossy black cat-eye sunglasses and carried a black crossbody. My Gucci Soho disco bag is definitely a splurge, but the Tory Burch McGraw crossbody has a similar look for a lot less, and this Michael Kors Jet Set crossbody is another good option for even less.

My handbag choices have definitely changed during this pandemic. Anyone else?

I used to almost always carry a tote unless I was going out for the evening, but these days, I find myself carrying a crossbody almost exclusively. I like being hands-free, and I’m never out for very long so I don’t seem to need so much stuff.

I love the crispness of an all black and white outfit. It’s so chic and sophisticated, and yet so easy to pull together.

On the one hand, I feel like this look could use a completer piece — like a jacket or cardigan, but I didn’t want to cover the sleeves of the top.

Fortunately, it’s still going to be warm here for a few more weeks, so I will get some good wear out of it. Then I’ll probably put it away until spring. It will be adorable with white jeans or shorts next year!

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zebra print tee // black jeans // loafer mules // earrings // bracelet // sunglasses (similar for less) // similar black crossbody here and here

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall look she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell