Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Outfit Inspiration - Black and White Stripes Paired With Denim
It's my belief that Instagram and Pinterest should be for inspiring people - not getting them to buy things (although plenty of people do it very successfully and there's nothing wrong with that-that's just not why I'm there). When I scroll through pretty pictures on Instagram, I'm inspired to pull out similar pieces from my own closet, or make a similar meal for my own family. When I post pictures and links there myself, it's with the intent to do the same for you, my friends, readers and followers. I want to plant an idea in your head that you can run with and add joy to your life.
I found such inspiration over the weekend in the Instagram feed of Carley Barton. Carley posted an adorable picture of a simple black and white striped dress with a chambray shirt worn jacket-style. So simple and classic, it got my wheels turning. I don't have a dress like that - although it's been on my "to buy" list forever. Maybe someday I'll find one. But I do have a black and white striped t-shirt . . .and black ankle pants . . .and a chambray shirt.
I pulled the pieces out of my closet and set to work building my interpretation of Carley's awesome outfit and look. I didn't buy a thing, I used pieces from my own wardrobe that I already own to create a look that was 100% my own, but was inspired by the awesome look that Carley put together and shared on Instagram.
The t-shirt is one I've had for quite a while from Ann Taylor. The pants are a year or two (maybe 3 or 4 - shhh) old and also from Ann Taylor.
The Chambray Shirt is from - you guessed it - Ann Taylor. It has a great soft drape and a little stretch to it. It was an impulse online buy last year - and I'm quite pleased with the results. I rolled up the sleeves as Carley did in her photo, and left the shirt unbuttoned.
I grabbed my black and white Kate Spade bag and a pair of black flip flops (I like these flip flops from Vionic) to finish up my look. Simple silver jewelry, a high ponytail and natural-looking makeup complete the casual and simple style of this easy weekend outfit idea.
What outfits are inspiring you lately?
Want more real life outfit ideas? Try one of these:
Three Looks for One Outfit
A Great Summer Top from prAna
3 Tips for Styling Cropped Pants
catch you soon -
This post is linked up to The Pleated Poppy and at Jo-Lynne Shane be sure to check them out for even more outfit ideas and inspiration.