How To Wear Bold Horizontal Black & White Stripes

Black peak cap, black & white striped jacket and skinny flares
I wore this outfit quite a while ago and discovered that I hadn’t published the photos… hence the lightweight jacket when the weather was a little milder!

I’ve had the jacket since spring of this year but haven’t yet worn it on the blog – I love the bold black and white stripes and the cropped length. A lot of people say horizontal stripes make you look wider, but to be honest I think it’s all about the styling. These stripes are broken up by the front of the jacket, and I think the style lends itself perfectly to skinny flared jeans and my black 60s style cap with that fabulous snakeskin effect peak.

Since the jacket is no longer available, I’ve picked out a few alternatives below – is it me or do stripes seem more of a summer pattern? It doesn’t matter either way (there are no rules, are there), but do you also think of summer when you look at stripes…?

Black peak cap, black & white striped jacket
Black peak cap, black & white striped jacket and skinny flares
BTW if you’re in the US: Happy Thanksgiving! But if you’re celebrating today I guess you’ll be busy eating too much turkey to bother looking at this…? 😉
Catherine x

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  1. 6 December 2013 / 11:57 am

    you totally make me want to rock flared jeans/bootcut again! I haven't worn mine in sooo long (skinny jeans always seem to rule?!) but seeing them on you here makes me think how wonderfully flattering they can be! and the hat..oooohh the hat, im in hat love! its just so dam cute! looking wonderful as always my lovely friend xxxx

  2. 3 December 2013 / 6:50 pm

    Oooh. Great styling, and extremely cute piece. Big stripes, jacket … check!!!

  3. 1 December 2013 / 11:02 pm

    And thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! xo

    • 1 December 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Aww thanks Bethany – and thanks to you for hosting x

  4. 29 November 2013 / 9:49 am

    I love the way you've put the pink underneath. It really makes the black and white pop and makes a change from the usual stripes=nautical thing. You always give me new ideas. x

    • 1 December 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Aww thanks Nanette, that's nice to know!

  5. 28 November 2013 / 7:49 pm

    I wear stripes all year round. I have a black and white striped cotton dress I ordered from Dorothy Perkins and I just throw tights and pumps/boots on under it and a big sweater over it in the winter.

    We Americans do read blogs on Thanksgiving! There's nothing else to do while the turkey roasts. Already exercised, already walked the dog, and now we lounge around till it's time to make the cheese/fruit plate and the drinks for the guests. Happy Thursday from the desert Southwest.

    • 28 November 2013 / 7:51 pm

      Oh, almost forgot. Happy Chanukah, people!

  6. 28 November 2013 / 6:59 pm

    Rats… My comment went haywire (is this how you spell it)? Again…
    Your taste and mine are the same today. I too have a black and white horizontally striped jacket, bright top and jeans. So obviously I love what you are wearing. Your jacket is a bit bolder than mine, but I like either. The cap and your hair make this outfit just a bit nicer, but you are heartily welcome to that.

  7. 28 November 2013 / 6:24 pm

    Isn't it great that there are no rules anymore when it comes to style?! I've never really thought about stripes being more of a summer pattern…I guess we do see them "out to play" a lot during the warmer months, don't we?! No matter; this jacket (the stripes AND the cut) looks great with your jeans and cap…very jaunty!! And I could definitely see it with a skirt or dress, too!! 🙂

    • 1 December 2013 / 1:40 pm

      Oh yeah, rules schmules…!!! Thanks Monika xx

  8. 28 November 2013 / 2:06 pm

    I do think summer when I see stripes, but I love them year-round. You look fab and I adore the hat! xo

    • 1 December 2013 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks Patti – we think the same kinda way!

  9. 28 November 2013 / 1:51 pm

    Normally when we see stripes we think nautical themes so yep summery but like all fashion rules it appears to be whatever we want is good (like the white all year theme going on now) The camel stripe seems more fall appropriate though. Still I like the look. PS I don't think anything would make you look wide, stripes or not.

    • 1 December 2013 / 1:38 pm

      Do you know I'd completely forgotten about the nautical connection, Linda… THAT'S why I thought summer! And thank you, you're a sweetheart!

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