style maven and former creative director of j.crew, jenna lyons, claimed that stripes are a neutral. and i quite agree. in my opinion, i’ve yet to meet a stripe i didn’t like. so i thought why not put stripes to the test? every day this week i’ll add a stripe to my ootd. stripes are nautical, sporty and just plain fun to wear. coco chanel introduced the striped tee into her nautical collection in 1917 after a trip to the French coast. the fashion designer was inspired by the French sailors’ uniform that included a Breton stripe. check out st. james an iconic brand that’s manufactured striped tees since 1889. later this week i’ll wear a striped tee from this brand that’s about ten years old. yes, they are that well-made. j.crew also carries st. james.
first up this week is a black and white long sleeve stripe tee by ralph lauren similar here. since mr. style and i were headed to the movies i kept the look casual with a pair of j.crew light rinse blue jeans similar here. when i’m going for a casual chic look, i love to include a blazer which elevates the outfit. today, i added a military-inspired jacket with gold buttons and braided trim similar here and here. to spice things up, i added a pop of color with red loafers similar here and red camera-bag similar here.
happy monday, ladies!