Stripes are always right, right? We’ve talked about horizontally striped jerseys, vertically striped shirts and tops, and pinstriped pants in all seasons. But blue and white stripes seem especially right to me in the summer. Agree? Disagree?
I’ll take that question!
Hearing no dissent, we’ll move on to outfits. I thought you might want to see some of the stripes I’ve been wearing this summer, while still working remotely.
Remember this dramatic shirt, previously seen here, here, and here?
It’s seen today with cropped white jeans and a black eyelet crop top. Such a great combination. It’s somehow conservative and avant garde, right?
The sleeves on this shirt are too long but instead of having them shortened (which would require removing the cuff, cutting the sleeve, etc. etc.), I’ve just flipped them back to make bigger, more flamboyant cuffs.
Note the subatomic detail: tiny white grosgrain ribbons peeking out from the crop top. That’s the ribbon that gathers the shirt’s waist.
Remember this seemingly pedestrian blue and white striped shirt?
The decision (not mine) to put the stripes on the diagonal elevate this top above a standard-issue camp shirt. The narrow sleeves and banded collar add distinction as well.
Here, I have paired the top with my high-rise cropped white jeans. These jeans were an excellent purchase. I have the same pants in a dark blue rinse, but they aren’t as comfortable and don’t look as flattering. Upon scrutinizing the fabric labels, I learned that the white denim has 8% stretch fiber and the blue denim only has 3%.* Same pants, different fabric.
This shocking revelation caused me to look at my wide legged pants which I bought in several colors. The gold and white ones have always felt more comfortable than the black and green ones, which I assumed was the consequence of small variations in the cutting or assembly of the pieces resulting in small variations in the final size. Turns out, those feelings are not in my mind. Even though these pants were sold as different colors of the model (style and fabric), the fabric is not the same across colors!
Take a moment to note the tie waist, which I have arranged in a robust square knot.
In all honesty, this shirt is more complicated, perhaps, than it needs to be. The bottom two buttons are fixed, so one has to pull it on over one’s head. But it’s very charming.
Now you must come closer and admire my square knot.
The last time I showed this shirt, I mentioned it’s tendency to gap (and even show flesh) above/below the knot. I think I have figured it out. I’ve made the knot big and loose, and tucked any excess fabric in the placket under the knot.
As an alternative to the very casual skinny jeans, I’ve worn this shirt with wide legged pants. While working at home.
And now, the top you’ve been waiting for: Moses. Remember it/me?
This is one of those purchases that seemed very important at the time, but now, I don’t know why.
I like this top, but it’s not essential part of my wardrobe.
This top makes The Photographer laugh.
He says he is going to make some monumental tablets (out of cardboard) showing the 10 Style Commandments for me to carry the next time I wear it. I’ll be interested to see what he memorializes . . .
I hope all of you had a restful and restorative holiday weekend with just the right amount of hot dogs (the second one is almost always a mistake — stop at 1.5) and potato salad.