I have figured out a foolproof combo for Springifying (#notaword) your black: STRIPES. And by “foolproof” I mean that I’ve worn this combo several different ways over the last few weeks and while it’s leaning dangerously close to what one might call a rut….we’re going with “well-researched uniform” aka…foolproof.
It’s so foolproof, in fact, I have three different outfits to show you (including some super-casual options) as well as a few pics I pulled from the #myeveryday edit community. Clearly this idea is hardly original, but whatever – it works.
Stripes And Black (like my mood) While House Hunting
As you can see, I was SUPER EXCITED about what we found. #no
Mike was all, “BABE. Try to look a little happy??”
Digging down deep, you guys. DIGGING DOWN DEEP. (Is there anything worse than house hunting? I seriously hate it. I suppose if I had an unlimited budget it would become much more fun….)
jacket: Iro Tamie Leather Jacket (exclusive to Intermix), size 38 for reference
tank: JCrew Carrie Cami (stripes are sold out)….but I think the almost identical Barcelona Cami from Express is a much better value (especially since it’s currently on sale!) UPDATE: There is a striped barcelona cami and it’s AMAZING.
shoes: UGG Australia Char Mar Ankle Wedges (so comfortable – date night shoes I can actually walk all day in)
ear cuff: Jules Smith (sold out) but Bauble Bar’s ear crawler is similar and only $32!
Stripes and Sneaks For Pizza Night With Friends
You know they’re good friends when you wear sneakers to their dinner party.
Does anyone have a Jules Thin Crust Pizza close by? Two words: KALE PIZZA. You won’t be sorry.
shirt: St. James Galathee striped tee (wearing a size 38 for reference)
shoes: Converse hightops
Want to see something funny? While Mike and I were shooting these pics, the boys were waiting in the car…
NOT. AMUSED. #childrenofbloggers #poorthings
Raines is our soccer player, Pax just likes to dress like one. I did actually sign Pax up for soccer last summer, but he spent the entire time either attached to my leg, “Mommy, come WUF ME while I kick dat ball” or screaming at the other kids for “NOT SHARWING DA SOCCER BALL!!”
In my house, soccer teams are only for boys ages 5 and up.
But he smells so good, and snuggles into my neck and I’m totally OK with him being “too young” for a little bit longer. It goes by all too fast.
shirt: This is an old linen tee by Joie that I bought on super-sale a few years ago. BUT. Each year Joie comes out with new linen tees and I LOVE them ALL. I buy up a size or two so I can wash and dry easily. At the moment, there’s a few Joie linen striped tees at Nordstrom Rack (oatmeal striped, pink striped <–same shape as mine) and a seriously great red/white linen stripe at Saks Off 5th.
shoes: Vans Classic Check
sunnies: old Madewell (sadly, nothing close)…but I’m kinda dying over these red Ray-Bans with orange lenses. They’re…almost…feminine?
From the #myeverydayedit Community
1. @stylemeetlife (such a cute little bump, right??) uses a genius trick of lightening up black with striped flats. I’d try Express’s pointy-toe striped flats (reviewers say they’re comfortable!), or Soludos’ striped espadrille (they do run small).
2. Love how @kirstiemcclendon throws on a striped shirt with her black trench and leather Vans. Not sure where her trench coat is from, but stripes would look seriously cool under JCrew’s Field Jacket, Banana Republic’s Swing Trench or their beautiful Drapey Trench (which…YES! Comes in petite sizes).
3. @lantonacci lightens up a leather-jacket-tough-girl booties combo with a striped pencil skirt. Love this idea – especially for work (swap the leather jacket out for a blazer). My fav striped pencil skirt actually comes from Target (wonderfully stretchy and comfy).
Hope you are having a good week!