Wearing Black and White Stripes

by jennine on June 13, 2011

Horizontal stripes are hard to wear for some people. I always feel like they make me look bigger, but when other people wear them… holy moly, stripes look fantastic! Picture Coco Chanel in her French Navy shirts, Prada’s current season, Acne has stripes galore. They’re everywhere! So, while trying to adapt my wardrobe for New York weather, I noticed one big thing missing were summer dresses for work. After working from home for a number of years, and not having a proper hot summer… I really wanted to have more sophisticated and chic dresses to wear for meetings or for just being comfortable.

Over the weekend, I stopped by at Zara, after getting a snake print dress which is really easy to wear. Figuring that they would have other affordable dresses, I ended up getting two more with the similar 1960′s tent style. It’s been a gamble because firstly, I’m not used to wearing dresses with no waist, and secondly stripes are hard. However, if fitted correctly in the arms and also the stripe gradation really makes for a flattering statement dress. I love it.

Over the weekend I finally did the Sally Hansen leopard print nails. They’re so much fun! Here I’m holding a vintage copper medallion of with the Native American engraved whale motif. I really love this particular style, as it doesn’t get much attention in fashion… it should.

These shoes have become my stand by shoes, really comfortable to wear in the city, and stylish enough to make an outfit come together. Who knew a shoe with a spindly heel would be that shoe!Wearing: Dress: Zara • Shoes: Tracy Reese • Necklace: Vintage • Bag Pendelton • Sunglasses: Super

Photos by Nando Alvarez


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Marissa June 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I hardly wear horizontal stripes for the same reason! Love these on you though, they don’t make you look like an elephant at all :)

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jennine June 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

hahah… thanks! i think the gradation really helps set of the widening effect of horizontal stripes.

emmanuel rhabbles June 13, 2011 at 1:14 pm

xcelent…i lik dat

Natalie June 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Oh, I love those bright pink pops of color with the black and white.
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Jasmine (Fashiongrail) June 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Adorable outfit! :-) I love love love stripes! I also like to use them to make certain staples pop like underneath tanks, a striped scarf tied to my purse etc.
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WendyB June 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Nice shot of the asterisk ring! I’ll have to Facebook it.
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jennine June 13, 2011 at 5:55 pm

thank you my dear! :)

joann, sidewalk chic June 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Holy cow, I love the color of your shoes! It’s cool to hear they’re comfy too.

jennine June 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm

oooh thanks! it’s a surprisingly versatile color!

Elle June 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I totally don’t think those stripes make you look big at all! You look so cute! I love the shoes- they add such a fun pop!
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Alice Olive June 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Definitely doesn’t make you look bigger. I’d say petite! That’s a great design, simple and chic.
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jennine June 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm

can we hang out all the time? you’re nice! ;)

GRIT & GLAMOUR June 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I love the colored kicks with the B&W stripes! And of course, your nails. So fun!
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Melina June 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I never considered tent dresses because I thought they’d be unflattering, but this looks fantastic on you! And those shoes are so gorgeous!

xx Melina
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SERENA June 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I love all your accesories, especially the rings. That motif on the medallion is unique, I agree, it should be used more often but then it might not be as special.
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Kelsey@Hobo Heart June 14, 2011 at 4:25 am

These shoes are so cute! I need a cute comfy shoe. And you pull of the striped shirt very well. Makes me want to go shopping. of go to Paris!

Fashion Limbo June 14, 2011 at 6:00 am

Love this entire look, particularly in love with the shoes, amazing colour! Have the same feeling about horizontal lines, love them and always wonder whether they work, see them on other people, get inspired and they end up on me. Fell in love with a stripey stretchy skirt at zara, but these set of horizontal lines were just too cruel to wear ;)
The medallion is seriously interesting, and agree that theme hardly ever gets reproduced in fashion, shame that xxx
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raya June 14, 2011 at 6:06 am

amazing outfit:)
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BeLighter June 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

I so understand you! yep, horizontal stripes are “complicated”, but not on the upper part of your body (at least that’s how I do them). Love your outfit, and those accessories are amazing! not to mention your nails! to flashy for me, but you’re looking fantastic!!!
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For Those About To Shop June 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wow, those shoes are great - red is nice with black and white. I’ve always like black and white horizontal stripes because it is oh so French, like the movie Breathless.
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Cad June 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I think the stripes look SO sophisticated. No horizontal widening effect whatsoever :) In fact, I know it’s commonly said that stripes can do this to you, but I never seem to really notice this effect on anybody. Maybe it’s just me?

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THE-LOUDMOUTH June 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

You look great in stripes! And I LOVE your accessories… Amazingness.
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Audrey June 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Just blogged about the striped dress! <3 it x
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Zamri A. June 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Awesome tee! I’ll die for anything stripes! That gradation truly amazing. =)
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Virag@Escapist mom June 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

I am usually very careful with stripes, having not the most perfect body after 3 kids made me redesign my wardrobe :) Stripes on the top is better than stripes on trousers though :)
Anyways you don’t seem to have any problems like this, the clothes you are wearing look absolutely amazing, especially those shoes!
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BlitzAndGlam June 15, 2011 at 8:51 am

I just bought a black and white horizontal striped dress at a boutique last weekend. Super cute! And I love your nails!

Megan June 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Love your outfit!
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LoveBrownSugar June 16, 2011 at 12:21 am

The nails!! Love them! I did a review on the Sally Hansen Salon Effects last week - they’re my new favorite thing :)


April June 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

love your leopard nails!


taylor June 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I am so obsessed with those nail decals! have the black lace on right now… your outfits are great! im inspired to put some of my concoctions on my own blog. thanks for the fun reads!

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