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THT-Stripes – A Classic Styled


Stripes are a classic, and I’ve styled some for you today on the blog.

Stripes- A Classic Styled

Even though stripes are classic, they are trending now this season and next. I wrote about them in my post- Stripes Love Them or Not? so do have a read if you missed that.

I have never really gravitated toward stripes, but I find my style evolving to be a bit more classic and feminine, I have to say I do love multidirectional stripes, or special details with stripes.

I had been looking at some striped sweaters and came across this mock neck sweater at Zara. Love the cream and black combination, as white and black just doesn’t appeal to me as much. See why on the other post. There can be exceptions to the rule, if the stripes are different in thickness, angled, have different patterns in a garment. I loved the striped and slit detail at the sleeve here and how it looks with a silk skirt, or in this case, on top of a black slip dress.

I also figured with all of the florals in my closet, it would be fun to have some stripes to pattern mix.

I love the ease of this outfit and find myself loving combat or chunky boots with this look, often to give an edgier vibe to the slip skirt or dress. The combats keep it modern too.

Zara has this exact sweater left in a large and extra large. For reference, I am wearing a small. I would say it is true to size. I have also found this one is similar and also love this and this option.

A Bit More About Stripes

It is a style that has been around forever.

When you think of stripes what comes to mind? Maritime? Sailor pants and striped shirts? It certainly did originate this way so that if a man was overboard in the Navy, they could be spotted. (the captains and higher-ranking men wore something different).

Or we can up until the 21st century, equate stripes with prisoners. Thick black and white stripes were the uniform di jour. Since, they have been traded for solid color garb in orange and other colors.

Johnny Cash sang about stripes in this song, “I Got Stripes.”

So tell me, are you a fan of stripes? Let me know in the comments


Zara Striped sweater

black slip dress- Target

Combat boots- Vaneli c/o Marmi shoes

bag- Prada

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  • Julie Augustyn
    Posted at 22:24h, 28 February Reply

    What a great sweater on you! I love the slits on the sleeves! Yes, I love stripes and wear them often!

  • Nancy Weiss
    Posted at 10:44h, 26 February Reply

    Hi Jess,
    I mentioned this on you post on Facebook but stripes were created by sailors that wanted to be seen in the water if they fell off the ship.

    Love all your refreshing styles!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:11h, 26 February Reply

      Thank you Nancy, I wrote about that on another post talking about stripes. That was something I never knew! thanks so much!

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 18:51h, 25 February Reply

    Such a fabulous sweater! I love the slits on the sleeves!

    Emma xxx

  • Marijke
    Posted at 10:05h, 25 February Reply

    I love the look with the skirt and ankle boots. I would wear that but I would not combine it with another pattern. Don’t know why but it goes against my nature – too Dutch organised, maybe!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 26 February Reply

      Thank you! Thats fine, I get it! Pattern mixing isn’t for everyone!

  • Rena
    Posted at 09:36h, 23 February Reply

    I’ve always avoided stripes, but this gives me the courage to give them a try.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:13h, 26 February Reply

      I never really got the appeal until now- years later! It is about finding what catches your eye.

  • Gail
    Posted at 03:03h, 22 February Reply

    I like a striped Breon t-shirt, and I like black and cream and would wear your sweater! I used to wear striped sweaters to work but don’t have any now xx

  • jodie
    Posted at 21:41h, 21 February Reply

    I think the outfit is such a winner Jess. The silk and the combat boots just give off that modern vibe. And I do like stripes…now. I didn’t until I started blogging,

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 20:33h, 21 February Reply

    I am a huge fan of stripes and think they look great on you! Loving the subtle grunge vibes of this outfit!
    Cheryl Shops |

  • Hilda Smith
    Posted at 19:26h, 21 February Reply

    I love stripes and that sweater has lovely sleeve detail. Great styling.

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 18:44h, 21 February Reply

    I love your soft and cozy striped sweater! The red bag is darling paired with it!

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 18:14h, 21 February Reply

    Stripes are so fun! I wish I could find more with vertical stripes.

  • Maureen
    Posted at 14:00h, 21 February Reply

    You had me at stripes! I can’t get enough of this print. Something about it always pull me in. I love your striped sweater and what a fun pop f color with your gorgeous handbag! Swoon!

    Maureen |

  • Sally in St Paul
    Posted at 12:26h, 21 February Reply

    I love all the stripes all the time! The sleeve detail on your sweater is a nice touch.

  • Midlife and Beyond
    Posted at 10:58h, 21 February Reply

    Love your sweater Jess, and outfit. I have only been wearing stripes in the last couple of years, especially love a Breton stripe which I think always looks crisp and fresh. Thank you for the feature and link up!
    Alison xx

  • Michelle
    Posted at 10:01h, 21 February Reply

    Like you, I’m picky about stripes, and as a consequence have just one top with stripes. This is a terrific outfit, Jess! I love the combat boots with this feminine outfit. Just beautiful.


  • Di
    Posted at 09:56h, 21 February Reply

    This is a great casual chic outfit on you, Jess! And your red bag is the perfect pop of color. I love stripes and wear them quite a bit, I like the nautical vibe-it is classic and timeless and never really goes out of style. Thanks for sharing and have a good week!

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:44h, 21 February Reply

    Oh this look is fabulous on you! I love the shoes.

  • mireille
    Posted at 08:31h, 21 February Reply

    I really like this outfit and I learned a new fact about why people in the Navy wore stripes. I have thrifted a couple Zara pieces recently that I have really liked!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 07:53h, 21 February Reply

    I had totally no inspiration of what to wear today! And now I know! I will wear what you are wearing, fabulous look Jess!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 07:51h, 21 February Reply

    Love the stripes so much!!

    Curated by Jennifer

  • Jill
    Posted at 07:04h, 21 February Reply

    I can never resist a striped sweater! Love the slit detail on the sleeves! Such a chic and edgy look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 07:03h, 21 February Reply

    I love stripes, always have. I am realizing which ones look best on me but I always gravitate towards them. Great outfit Jess, I really like your sweater!

  • Mica - Away From The Blue
    Posted at 06:09h, 21 February Reply

    I think stripes are such a classic, I have so many striped pieces in my wardrobe! 🙂

    I like the red bag with this too for a pop of colour 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

  • Anna
    Posted at 04:07h, 21 February Reply

    Love the classic stripes, they are always in vogue, Jess. Thank you for link-up Anna

  • Laurie
    Posted at 03:33h, 21 February Reply

    Yes to stripes Jess. A classic wardrobe pattern that will never date. I love a good Breton T too xx

  • Rena
    Posted at 02:30h, 21 February Reply

    Count me on Team Stripe. Most recently, I can’t seen to get enough of them. I really like your sweater, Jess. It suits you well.


  • Katie
    Posted at 01:37h, 21 February Reply

    Love the stripes, especially with the pop of red! Thanks for the link up!


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