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.

Jennifer of A Well Styled Life wearing Mix Button Up shirt by Alembika from Artful Home
Mix Button Up Shirt c/oCurve Pearl Earrings c/o

This beautifully 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 of A Well Styled Life wearing stripped tunic by Alembika and black jeans from Artful Home
Mix Button Up Shirt c/oBlack Jeans c/o

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.



Jennifer of A Well Styled Life wearing black and white curved earrings by Susan Kinsig
Black and White Curved Earring c/o

To continue the black and white stripe theme I added 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.





  1. 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?

  2. 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!!!

  3. I thought this was going to be a post that you were taking up bowling. This looks like a bowling team shirt to me… 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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