Stripes on the Street

It was almost 50 degrees in Jersey City today, and though temps are going to drop, we’re predicted to have some of the same weather next week. Is this December? Is this Global Warming?? Without getting too political here, I just wanted to post a transitional outfit that’s all about key pieces that look (and work) as great on their own as they do all together. And it all starts with this zebra-striped midi skirt.

Core Pieces

This zebra-print midi skirt isn’t afraid to walk on the wild side. And you shouldn’t be either. Because while the black-and-white print is fresh and modern, this skirt is timelessly styled with a pleated accent at the front. I can see wearing it so many ways. How about with a fitted black sweater, black tights and metallic loafers like these? A pop of red (as seen in this post and this one) would be so fun, too.

Next up, this pretty puffer vest. It’s from Gap’s high-performance Cold Comfort collection, which uses 100% recycled poly-fill for a lightweight down alternative with warmth and softness. I’ve already put this puffer vest through its paces up at our cabin, so I can attest that it helps keep you warm for all kinds of cold adventures.

You’ve seen my white booties here, here and here. They are one of those wardrobe additions that feels a bit out there at first but then becomes the footwear foundation for so many looks. These white booties dress up or down and are so comfortable with their walkable block heel. If you haven’t made the leap to white booties yet, now might be the time!

Pops of Pink

I went with pink as my accent shade amidst black and white, and this turtleneck sweater is one of my favorite purchases of the season. I really, really hate itchy sweaters, and this one is as soft as they come. The puffed sleeves keep it on trend, and it looks great with everything from this outfit to jeans. My cute tote is part of Madewell’s best-selling Transport collection, which is all about quality and versatility at a fair price. It’s designed to wear as a crossbody bag or carry by the top handles. And, it’s also roomy enough to hold all your essentials.

Monograms Make it Yours…or Theirs

You know I really love this pink drawstring tote, because I had it monogrammed with my initials. I am a BIG fan of monograms. Of course you have to be sure about the item (design, fit, color) before making the commitment, but when you know, well, you know. Monogramming is also a super chic way to personalize a gift, and maybe this mini tote should be added to your “nice” list for someone special?

I started this post on Friday, and here it is Sunday. All I can say is an action-packed weekend intervened. Chris and I went to two very different concerts Friday and Saturday nights — something I’m not sure we’ve ever done. We are lucky to have a very cool venue, White Eagle Hall, right down the street from our apartment. Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself to get out of your own little world and see what’s going on in that big, bright, beautiful world wherever you are, right? Have a peaceful Sunday and hope the week ahead is a great one!

Skirt: (Banana Republic, on sale) Also really like this (50% off!).

Puffer Vest: (Gap, sold out in white but 4 other great colors and just $33! Makes a great gift!!)

Booties: (Loeffler Randall, old) Similar here and here (kitten heel!).

Sweater: (J Crew Factory, in 5 colors, under $40! Gift alert!!)

Bag: (Madewell, pink no longer available but love it in true black and English saddle. Also 25% off with code GOODCHEER.)

Photos by Kristin Moore-Gantz.

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