Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Gold Stripes and Olive OOTD

This gold striped cream cardigan was an Ann Taylor find from the Memorial Day sales.  With the additional 40% off sale, it was only $24 and I quickly snagged it.  I love stripes and though I have a bevy of striped garments already, I couldn't resist adding a gold version to my closet for such a great price :)

Here I paired it with some gold jewelry and classic semi-neutrals: a navy blue ruffled shell + an olive skirt (while I was at it, I wanted to show another example of wearing "normal" clothes during pregnancy - here's me in the olive skirt both later in the pregnancy and earlier when I wasn't technically "showing" yet):

Left:  23 weeks pregnant             Right:  Same skirt, 11 weeks pregnant

Cardigan:  Ann Taylor Metallic Striped Cardigan, SP, $24 in-store (buy here)
Shell:  Gap Navy Blue Ruffle, XS
Necklaces:  Tassel Necklace from Old Navy and Dangle Charms from Banana Republic
Skirt:  J. Crew Canvas Military Skirt, Sz 0
Shoes:  Frye Joy Vintage Slide (buy here)

And a closer view of the necklaces, stripes, and ruffles:
I love that you can get cute necklaces from virtually anywhere - Old Navy, H&M, F21, Target, etc.  They're not always built for durability but they make for some good pieces of visual interest.  Where do you get your jewelry?


  1. Love it both ways! I get my jewelry from vintage stores, or small boutiques, but I also make my own;)

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  2. I agree with Mimi, I love it both ways! Your striped cardi is fantastic - can go with everything!


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  3. I am impressed that you did't put up extra weight (apart form the baby's one)!!!
    You look great!!!

  4. Though I'm loath to buy investment pieces in clothing or handbags--an instinct that I'm trying to change--for some reason, I have no problem dropping $50 or even $100 on a beautiful piece of jewelry made from sterling silver and semi-precious gems. For statement pieces, self-made or cheapo is still the way to go--but for the classic everyday pieces, like my stainless steel and diamond Citizen watch (that the salesperson called a "dress watch"), I want to wear only silver against my skin. Or gold, but I'm not a huge fan of yellow. I love the color of copper, but sadly, my skin does not.

  5. I have a khaki skirt that is a similar style to your olive skirt that I was planning on retiring, but seeing it on you makes me think I should keep it!

    It's ironic that although I make can make jewelry, I am seriously lacking in the necklace and bracelet department! I have bought some necklaces from H&M years ago. Somehow, back then, I perceived H&M jewelry as better quality than Forever21...maybe back when H&M was a novelty to me. Now they're both equivalent in my opinion! I just hate the way rusty/tarnished jewelry smells! >_<

  6. cute! my sister has that same cardi from their sale :) my mom is having a bit of an obsession with making necklaces and such, so i get everything from her right now!
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  7. omgosh you do preppy chic so well!! i always look like such a turd in a navy blazer especially with gingham.. but you pull it off so well!! i wanna dress like you!!

    i just got a gold tassel necklace like that too!! love :)!

  8. Oooh I love the tassel necklace! I got something similar recently too, but it's more like a lariat. F21 is usually my go-to for jewelry because they are so budget friendly. I love how yours plays off the gold stripes on the cardigan. Great buys!

  9. More before and after pics please! I love both looks and the tassle necklace- LOVE. :D

  10. Mimi - Thank you! I wish we had more vintage stores here - I see so many unique pieces that others have found and get rather envious :)

    20 York Street - Thanks so much!

    Francesca - Thank you for the sweet words! I have definitely gotten bigger all over but the biggest is definitely the tummy :)

    Keilexandra - I think I'm your exact opposite :) I will invest in handbags and some clothing but tend not to get "real" jewelry because I mostly like to change that up with the trends. For earrings though (due to sensitivities), I will only wear silver or gold.

    LePetiteLemon - Ooh, I want to see your khaki skirt! Will you do an OOTD with it? So far, I've had decent luck with both H&M and F21, though H&M still seems a tad more durable.

    Purses and Puppies - LOL, great minds think alike :) So cool that your mom makes your jewelry!

    Lisa - I do have a weakness for preppy style - thanks so much! You are too kind!

    Cee - F21 definitely is budget friendly and they have such a wide variety of styles. I don't feel bad if I only wear something for one season if it cost less than $10 :)

    Annie - Thank you doll! Hehe, I'll continue to do before and afters until I stop fitting in them :D

  11. I love that necklace, looks great with the cardigan!!

    I get my jewelry all over the place. From street vendors to Tiffany's. Maybe next I'll be buying some from you! ;)


  12. Love the cardigan, almost anything in gold is amazing.


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