Does anything feel more classic than black and white? I’m a big fan of it. In stripes, polka dots or separates. I wear a lot of it. I find it easy to coordinate…duh. It also makes packing for travel a snap. (I just add one color to the mix per trip). Here in northern California, black can feel very hot in the summer, so this summer I’m adding more white.
When colors are simple I like more playful designs, without getting out of my comfort zone. This Compare and Contrast Cardigan by Stella Carakasi looks simple, but has some fun details that make it unique. The high-low hem adds interest and fun. The long shawl front is tacked back on each side, which adds diagonal lines in front.
Style Tip- Diagonal lines slim the silhouette and add drama to a look.
I paired it with a simple black and white striped T-shirt from Target and my favorite crepe pants from Eileen Fisher. These are a replacement pair for me. I donated my old ones to Green Eileen. I’d owned them 6 years, wore them weekly, so definitely got my money out of them.
From the Eileen Fisher website:
GREEN EILEEN relies on donations of gently worn EILEEN FISHER clothing from our loyal customers and employees. All profits from the resale of donated items support programs that improve the lives of women and girls in our local, national and global communities.
This lovely cardigan is s a slightly sheer knit that’s easy to layer, even on warm days. Made from cotton and tencel, it’s very soft and breathes! With casually rolled hems this cardigan dresses up or down. I chose white, but the others colors are sumptuous. And it has pockets! you know how much I love pockets!
I’m wearing this outfit with my Beautifeel shoes from several years ago. There are links to several similar ones at the end of this post. I have such bad feet I have to invest in comfortable shoes. If you haven’t tried this line of shoes and have bad feet, I highly recommend it. They are an investment but can be found on sale if you hunt around. If my feet aren’t happy, I’m miserable. These are several years old and definite favorite.
I love wearing a longer necklace with a tunic length sweater. It balances better with the length of a tunic and helps me appear taller. At 5’4″ I like all the help I can get.
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