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What I Wore: Parisian & Pucci in Stripes

Stripes, on stripes, on stripes!

Fashionistas, if you haven’t heard the scoop already, stripes are one of my favorite patterns. I wear them with solids, I combine them with floral… and I even mix them together!

Stripes are a timeless pattern that have been in existence for centuries. They were worn by sailors and criminals in the past and then later popularized by Coco Chanel. In fact, thanks majorly to her, the nautical stripe trend was born.

Fast forward a few decades and stripes are still very much a classic pattern. They are worn by almost everyone no matter their individual sense of style.

Woman standing in front of a door with a fence in front of it wearing black and white and black and blue striped shirt and skirt with a pink scarf

Photo by Bonnie Sen Photography.

I personally love this pattern because of the classy French vibes it evokes. When I see stripes, I think of sunny walks in the city and envision myself people watching at the Eiffel Tower; even though I’ve never been. Essentially, stripes are a dreamy reminder to me that I need to explore more and I that can be in style while doing so.

Woman standing on a street with a black and white striped shirt, pink scarf, and sunglasses on running her fingers through her hair

Photo by Bonnie Sen Photography.

For today’s look I’m embracing stripes of all shades and widths of lines. This variation creates visual complexity that keeps the eye wondering. Am I wearing a dress? Am I wearing two separate pieces?

And this look was $20!

Close up of pink and black Emilio Pucci scarf.

Photo by Bonnie Sen Photography.

Because the colors are neutral I opted to add a slight pop of color with my beloved Italian designer pink and black Emilio Pucci scarf. The soft rich pink plays nicely with the black and blue lines and adds a feminine touch to my more muted look.

The horizontal and vertical lines keep the eye moving up and down the ensemble while making my colorful vintage Pucci scarf and tassel ankle booties the focal point.

The scarf is also functional; keeping my neck nice and warm amidst the cool January breeze.

Two pictures: One of a woman in a blue and white striped skirt, black and white striped shirt, pink scarf, and black booties holding a black purse with a gold snake on the front. The second picture is a close up of the purse

Photo by Bonnie Sen Photography.

Finally, to add some texture to my more matte look, I decided to use my new and beloved snake clutch for a shin and glitzy component. I’m not one to wear clutches often, but it’s a new year and a new me! For 2017 I’m trying to take some personal fashion risks, and using fewer crossbody bags is one of them.

Luckily, if I do decide to revert back to my old ways, this bag was under $5. So I won’t feel as bad if I use it occasionally.

This snake though! It’s so unique and eye-catching – it reminds me of vintage door-knocker earrings or belt buckles.

Curious to know the breakdown of my look? I’d be happy to share where everything came from! My outfit consisted of:

Brand new, with tags, striped turtleneck: GAP, under $6 (Originally about $40): Gaithersburg Goodwill

Black snake clutch: Express, $6.99: Rockville Goodwill

Striped navy skirt: H&M, Under $6: Alexandria Goodwill

Black tights: $.99: Rockville Goodwill

Vintage retro silk scarf: Emilio Pucci, $.99 (originally $200+): Gaithersburg Goodwill

Sunnies: Karen Walker

Booties: Yoki

Outfit total (Goodwill items): Under $21! Oh my!

Talk about a steal! This look would have originally been $300+!

What do you think of my winter Paris-to-DC look, readers? How do you like to wear your stripes?

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