Lifestyle, style

Style Between The Lines

I’ve always had a thing for stripes. I’m not big on patterns or prints or logos, but stripes and I go way back. There’s a black and white photo of me from when I’m about 5, and I’m wearing a striped shirt that I would still gladly rock if it were still my size.

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There’s something timeless about stripes. They’re always in style, and they always go with every occasion. I like that they’re subtle yet bold — they do make a statement, but they’re not quite as loud as full on patterns like florals, camo, or even knit patterns like houndstooth.

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I’ve recently become kind of obsessed with my black baseball cap, which I got from H&M a while back and is felted wool. It looks polished, due in part to the fabric, but it’s casual and goes with everything. Whenever I need to slip out of the apartment and don’t want to get all dressed up I just throw on the hat, and I’m good to go.

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Likewise, cardigans go with everything. They’re simple and to the point, and are an easy way to dress up a tank top, which is my usual uniform when the weather is in transition — it might be cold outside, but inside is usually roasting, so this combo is great for getting through comfortably.

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To round out the look I went with my trusty Clarks Desert Boots in black leather with a chunky white sole. Style for me is all about balance, and I like that the heft of the sole balances out the oversized, slouchy aspect of the cardigan. The black and white combo was a perfect match, and keeps things looking simple and polished.

Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese