Versatile Black and White Stripe

Versatile Black and White Stripe

Happy Wednesday ladies. We had a short break from the wind, rain, and hail storms yesterday which was a welcome change. It wasn’t warm but the sun was strong which gave us a chance to get out for a photo shoot. I know many of you are buried in snow so I’m not complaining but the cabin fever is real and it’s nice to get out of the house.

Today I’m styling another terrific piece from Artful Home’s new winter collection.

This beautifully tailored shirt combines taupe, black, and black and white stripe fabrics for a modern interpretation of the button up. The sleeves and back are black. The front, back yoke, and collar are a black and white stripe and the side panels are taupe. Jennifer of A Well Styled Life wearing Alembika tunic and black jeans from Artful HomeIt’s designed by Alembika who pieces fabrics for movement and creates fun silhouettes with a  modern look. I’m a big fan of their modern shapes. I shared this jacket by Alembika with you last fall and it’s become a fast favorite that’s in heavy rotation in my wardrobe these days.

Jennifer wearing black and white shirt from Alembika with parker smith black jeansI love pockets in everything and there are hidden ones along the front seam of this shirt. The fabric is crisp enough to keep the collar popped which I love because it adds attitude to any look.Jennifer of A Well Styled life wearing black and white shirt and black jeans from Artful Home

This super comfy shirt will go over white jeans beautifully this summer making it a piece to span the seasons. The cropped sleeves have a button cuff which I’ll roll up in the warmer weather.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life styling shirt and pants from Artful Home

The classic A-line shape of this tunic has lots of movement because of the inset taupe, triangular-shaped side panels. I’m wearing a medium and could easily have worn the small because it’s cut generously.  I’m wearing my most comfortable black jeans which I’ve styled here, here and here. I opted for black boots with a low heel to elongate my leg and help me look as tall as possible.



To continue the black and white stripe theme I added these curved earrings by Susan Kinzig from Artful Home. I adore the glow of pearls and am always looking for modern ways to wear them. pearl and sterling earring from Artful HomeThese fit the bill!  They’re ultra-light curves of shiny and oxidized sterling silver with white pearls along the sides. The oxidized silver is black and the polished sections look white. I expect these to be worn as much as these favorites from last spring which you’ve seen me wear a ton.

We’re due to be slammed with another storm tomorrow so I’m running to the library and trying to get all outside errands done.

Are you a fan of black and white stripe like I am?

How about pearls?


Thanks for reading ladies and stay warm and dry.


A big thank you to Artful Home for gifting the shirt and earrings. I was compensated and all opinions are my own.


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  1. February 13, 2019 / 4:08 am

    Hi Jen!
    I love your blog and love you. However, this blouse is not a favorite. I understand the concept and own a few similarly designed but without all the varied fabrics. Sorry.

    • February 13, 2019 / 11:34 am

      Please don’t be sorry Paulette. Everyone has different style aesthetics!

  2. Sondra
    February 13, 2019 / 4:11 am

    Not a fan of this blouse! WAY too volumous for my petite frame. I’m like you…..I get cabin fever and just have to get out, even if it’s just to the grocery store!! Ha!

  3. Allison
    February 13, 2019 / 4:31 am

    Have to agree with previous comments..I love the basic concept of the shape and style and you have featured a similar style that was very pretty and flattering but there is something off here. The back view is ok and highlight the inserts on the sides but the front? Not sure if it’s too short, or sleeve length is off or the collar is just meh. Usually I am blown away by the modern esthetics of Artful Home clothing but at the price,not this time! The earrings, on the other hand, AWESOME!!

    • Joanna
      February 13, 2019 / 7:32 am

      I agree with the above comments.
      We’re buried under snow on Vancouver Islsnd. Very unusual for freezing temps and days of snow.

    • February 13, 2019 / 11:35 am

      I do adore these earrings!

  4. Kathleen
    February 13, 2019 / 4:44 am

    In complete agreement with previous comments.
    You certainly are a chameleon as I wouldn’t have expected you to enjoy this look so much. You’re keeping us on our toes. Thanks

  5. February 13, 2019 / 5:05 am

    This blouse just does nothing for you. I think you are too petite to wear this style. Sorry.

  6. Laurel
    February 13, 2019 / 6:07 am

    Have to agree with the others – not for me. The stripes telegraph gray from a distance, the taupe panels are an odd element, and the style isn’t the most flattering IMO. However, I LOVE the earrings.

  7. Jane
    February 13, 2019 / 6:27 am

    I’m not a fan either. You have cabin fever and living in Wisconsin I have snow fatigue.

    • February 13, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      Snow fatigue would be way worse! Stay warm.

  8. Patti Cullen
    February 13, 2019 / 8:00 am

    Going with the masses on this…not a fan of this blouse at all. Had to zoom in really closely on my phone to even see the stripes. In general I do, however, love me stripes like nobody’s business. Horizontal, vertical..I love them both. Earrings are cute.

    No cabin fever in Central Florida. But our time rolls aroundr in the hot and humid summer that lasts at least 6 months.

    • February 13, 2019 / 7:31 pm

      I’m not sure I could take the humidity in Florida so good for you!

  9. Sharon
    February 13, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Not a fan of your blouse and have recently been reviving “older” tops from my closet that may help me to get through this era of ill fitting and ridiculous sleeves and dungy looking “high fashion.” That said you always look great in your outfits but it seems a shame that we need to put so much effort in making a new outfit look good!

    • February 13, 2019 / 7:33 pm

      Those statement sleeves are luckily going by the wayside this spring and I am happy to see them go too.

  10. Kay
    February 13, 2019 / 10:47 am

    I don’t dislike the blouse, but I do dislike the colors. That black and white stripe reads blue to me when seen from a distance. The taupe just doesn’t coordinate (or contrast) very well. The idea is good, though, color blocks with interesting shapes.

  11. Jill
    February 13, 2019 / 11:40 am

    How do you clean your pearl and sterling jewelry?

    • February 13, 2019 / 5:37 pm

      I do not clean pearls because they’re very fragile. My silver I wipe with a silver polishing cloth.

  12. Pat
    February 13, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    I thought this was going to be a post that you were taking up bowling. This looks like a bowling team shirt to me…..lol. I agree with the other comments, the stripes fade away and the color combo seems wrong. I think it would look fine if it were one solid color, but the combo makes it looks off. Love those earrings to death!

    • February 13, 2019 / 7:34 pm

      I adore the earrings too:)

  13. Jen Biggs
    February 13, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I was surprised to dislike this top as I usually love all the Artful Home clothes! Just not a fan at all. Earrings are fantastic!!!

    • February 13, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      The earrings are very special and unique.

  14. Ruby Ann Oxford
    February 13, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    Can you make a suggestion. Going to funeral. Wearing black jersey turtleneck kind if shirt dress. What to wear on my legs?? My legs do nit look good enough in winter to go bare. Stockings ugh! My black tights too heavy. Suggestions?

    • February 13, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      I have worn and do suggest smooth black opaque tights. Wear a slip so your dress doesn’t stick on the tights.

  15. February 13, 2019 / 10:11 pm

    I have to agree with most of the commenters regarding the shirt. It really isn’t flattering. I do love the earrings though!

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