My Forever Uniform: Stripes and Flares


While I love a good adventure now and again, I am also a creature of habit.  It’s why we know everyone who works at Pub & Kitchen and/or Trattoria Carina, it’s why I am annoyed when I finish a book series (I mean…what am I supposed to do NOW?) and it’s why, more often than not, I’m wearing stripes.

Stripes are my favorite color.  And right now, in this sort of sometimes-cool-sometimes-blazing-hot June, I really want to wear my stripes with flares.  And — in a move that is nothing short of expected, admittedly almost cliche — I want to wear comfy wedges with my flares, then finish things off with a straw bag.  A la Jane Birkin.

So when Nordstrom reached out, asking for some June inspiration…I immediately went looking for stripes.  Finding a good striped tee was easy (they call to me, I swear), the flares a cinch (bonus: these make your bum look like a sun), but the wedges?  I tried on…oh….seven pairs before finding one I could walk in.  Obviously UGG Australia was the winner, because if it ain’t broke….

#creatureofhabit #yes

My Favorite Striped Tee, Flare Jeans, And Comfy Wedges Right Now

Outfit Details

striped tee: Gibson x Hi Sugarplum! Siesta Tee (xs for reference) – obsessed with the elegant elbow-length sleeves and perfect drape.  This is a good one.

jeansVeronica Beard Farrah Wide-Leg Jeans (24 for reference) – these are the most exciting things I’ve seen in denim right now.  Sun bum, that’s all I’m sayin’.

wedges: UGG Australia Harlow Platform Wedge Sandal -walked a literal mile in this the first time I wore them.  They’re not sneakers, but I like have a high-heel option that is, in fact, walkable.  (Even if I’m slower than usual.)

bag:  Ugh….this one sold out before I could publish. Man, these straw bags are a thing right now.  Never fear, I rounded up a few more below….

Best Striped Tees From Nordstrom Right Now

The Flared Jeans I’m Eyeing Up

My Favorite Straw (or Wood) Bags

Nordstrom has a ton of fun straw bags….but I tend to prefer mine unembellished. Here are the four I’m loving.




A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!  You’ve been a wonderland for my stripes-loving heart. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and product choices are my own. And readers, thank you for your continued support.  It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!


  1. I am SOOO happy to see some flares. I adore flares and wedges. They make me feel very boho and model-esque all at once. Any recs for some less expensive flares? I used to get the best ones at Express, but now its all skinnies. I don’t mind spending on denim, but since my flares won’t be my daily denim, I’d love a cheaper alternative. Thanks TME team!

  2. Those jeans are freaking amazing. But, my poor credit card needs a break. Think I could pull this off with my wide-leg crop cut-offs and existing striped tee and wedges?

    • Ugh – normally I would have, but I wasn’t thrilled with the other options either. This pair was the clear winner.

  3. Did you cut the bottom hems yourself? They look great! I have a too long pair of flares myself and was going to look into professional tailoring ($$) BUT maybe I will just chop myself now that I have seen this 🙂 Perhaps a flare hem cutting tutorial will be a future post? lol

    • Yes – once washed, I cut away fearlessly. And by “fearlessly” I mean with scissors, while sweat drips from my forehead and my hands shake. But it all seems to work out ok in the end. 🙂

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