stripes on stripes

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I love that moment in fashion/getting dressed when you think, “what!? That’s madness!” to something that isn’t really that “out there” or revolutionary. This outfit is an example of my own response to something that is new to me: stripes on stripes. My inner dialogue sounded a little like this, “….hmmm black and white, and black and white…that part works…but stripes on stripes…is this a thing? Are people doing this…I don’t know…maybe it’s too much of a good thing…or maybe just enough of a good thing….Okay, I need to leave the house. This is what I’m wearing.” Seriously, you’d think I was developing some sort of national space program with the amount of thought I put into this. The result? A simple stripes on stripes look. …Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

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Top: H&M (kids, $8)
Skirt: Banana Republic ($12 marked down from approx $70)
Necklace: made it!
Cardigan: Banana Republic ($18 marked down from $70)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
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Fashion Huntress tips:
1) Well, I continue to be on a DIY/handmade jewelry kick. The inspiration for this necklace came from Anthropologie (love their jewelry). The necklace on the left in the photo below is from their catalog (cost of their necklace was approx $58). My necklace is on the right. 
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My cost was approx $2 because I used an old pearl necklace that I didn’t wear often, and then spray painted a plastic seahorse to string onto the pearl necklace that I re-strung. Ta da! As my mom would say, you can’t beat that price with a stick.
If you’re not into DIY, there’s a great post here about how to save at Anthropologie: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/style/how-to-save-at-anthropologie/
 
2) A classic black skirt is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own (much like a little black dress). But, I cannot resist a black and white twist on a classic black skirt. It’s still very versatile and can be worn with just about anything! Here’s another black and white skirt that I tend to rotate quite a bit:
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I think the skirt selection at Banana Republic is top notch and good quality. Go straight to the sale section (especially on the “additional markdown” days), and check out their skirts. When they have their additional markdown days, skirts are around $15-$25. They seem to have their additional markdown days on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Saturdays, though I have yet to figure out if they have an “official” schedule.
 
Does anyone ever know about markdown days in advance? If so, how did you find out? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! It’s almost the weekend!
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30 thoughts on “stripes on stripes

  1. So cute! I really like the stripes on stripes outfit. This look is a lot more doable for me. And I am just poring over my blog! I am in the process of losing weight, and have saved up a tidy sum of money. Your shopping tips are helping me out so much, and I know I’ll have some awesome clothes thank to your expertise!

  2. Still loving those Sam Edelman pumps! Bonus – I have a few pairs of SEs, and I know that they are super comfortable. 🙂

  3. Love the dilemma behind the story. Fashion is all about being your self and creating new looks that work for you, and when you have a gorgeous pair of mint pumps to balance it all, you’ve got the world wishing they could be as stylish as you, fab lady! Have an amazing weekend!

    XOXO Nensi & Natasha

  4. The stripes on stripes outfit is really surprising, I always thought mixing two patterns would clash, but it looks great! You look fab in both outfits, I especially love the second skirt.

  5. love it! 😉 maybe you need to think less about how looks may or may not work together, and you’ll come up with more of these cool mix & matches!
    love your DIY necklace, too. now when you’re thinking about that garage sale, you can even consider selling your self-made accessories as well. (and i’m serious!)

  6. Wow! I dont think I can ever pull off stripes on stripes this well..you look fantastic..love the little writing on the tee as well… I have seen people do stripes on stripes, but I really love yours the most.

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