One Striped Shirt, Two Ways

If you have been out and about lately I’m sure you’ve seen that stripes are everywhere! Nautical is big for spring. And I’m happy about it. I love stripes and navy. 

I picked up this boatneck striped shirt at Gap (it is The Gap, or just Gap?) and paired it with different accessories for a different look. 

Here it is with a dark navy/grey (grevy?) jacket and a chunky necklace: 

Striped shirt: Gap, Jacket: H&M 2009, Necklace: Nordstroms 2012, Jeans: very old Gap jeans, Shoes: Ninewest

And here it is with a pop of color:

See that orange/bright coral scarf up there? It is my favorite scarf from Target. 

I know–shocking. It’s bursting with color. AND pattern. 

I learned a lesson recently: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures with stripes. I’m now considering stripes a “neutral”.

So pile on the scarves.
Layer with a jacket or vest.
Add a chunky necklace. . .like this one:

Also from Target.

I seriously have a problem.  


  1. says

    I love the striped shirt. I always thought I’d look terrible in horizontal stripes because I’m a little broad until I bought a blue striped sweater from Lane Bryant. I get tons of compliments, even from my husband, lol!

  2. says

    I LOVE STRIPES! It looks great with the polka dots (which I also love love love) and the orange color. I wear stripes a lot but havent put a lot of colors with them. I will definately be trying it soon though!

    <3 Michelle

  3. Anonymous says

    LOVE that shirt (just picked it up in three colors during their sale last week). It will be in HEAVY rotation with bright scarves over the next few months.

  4. says

    Ahhhhhh, stripes, how I love thee! I was looking at that scarf a couple days ago but walked away empty handed. Not smart of me, because it’s seriously adorable! I’m hoping it’ll still be there!

  5. says

    I actually really like the striped shirt with the polka dot scarf! I would have never thought to mix the patterns, but they look really well together! That blue necklace is so cute too!! LOVE it!

  6. says

    Hi Kate! I found a picture of one of your hairdo’s on pinterest and followed it here! Bought hairpins, and started to practice;)….need some more try’s but getting there!;)

    Follow you!


  7. says

    Hi Kate! This is my frist time commenting but I have been followig your blog for a few months now! Love Love Love it all! After this last post I had to comment. I was debating on getting this scarf as well. No kidding I sat at Target in front of the scarfs for 10 mintues trying to figure out what I had at home I could wear it with! And I’m new to the who scarf concept so would not even think about mixing patterns! You make it look so easy so I think I just have to go for it! I know I’m not alone when I say Thanks for all the awesome posts! I look foward to reading it every morning! You rule :)

  8. says

    I am a huge fan of stripes as well! I love your style– you always look so good! Target is my frienemy and I’m pretty sure it’s “The Gap” but who cares – we all know what you’re talking about! :)

    Happy Wednesday!

  9. says

    I love stripes too and I’m so excited they’re coming back! My family always makes jokes about how many striped shirts I have. When I see a shirt in the store I like they say “Of course you like it. It is striped.” :)

  10. says

    I like the stripes with the pop of color! I’m like you 90% of my closet is black, brown, and grey and 10% is color. It’s really sad actually. I NEED more color in my life!

  11. says

    You have such cute clothes & accessories :) All the time! I so rarely buy new clothes & buying a new accessory is even rarer. I always feel like I don’t NEED anything else, so I don’t buy it. I tend to wait to things are falling apart. This is bad. I need to stop it so I can look cute like you!

  12. Anonymous says

    Ok Kate! I love your striped shirt. Absolutely LOVE! Here is the deal: I am not a small fry – I wear sizes 10/12 jeans, L/XL shirt. Can anyone wear stripes or am I just being paranoid about it? You look fab in yours!

  13. Wendy L says

    Totally agree that stripes should be the new neutral! BTW, love the scarf color. I saw a pair of trouser pants in coral at Ann Taylor paired with a navy striped shirt and wanted to die! Coral pants are a little bold for me but it looked divine. I think you should go buy them and do a write up on them for us! I’m also a little bummed that our Target here in Wilmington is so lame, I never find the stuff you have at ours :( time for a trip to Raleigh

  14. says

    Just wanted to pop in and say hi and tell you again how much I love your blog and all the great info you share with all of us! Have a great day!

  15. Chelsea says

    Absolutely loveee that striped shirt.
    Actually looked at it online to buy.
    And if you getting everything from Target is bad, then i need real help. I go to target at least 2-3 times a week. borderline insane.

  16. Mrs. Silva says

    I LOVE that scarf! So much that I went out and bought it last week :-) I also love stripes so this look is one of my favs. Nicely done as always.

  17. says

    First off, thank you for finding cute things at Target and incorporating them in with your outfits! It is easier for Target purchases to slip under the radar because my husband just assumes they are baby things or stuff that we needed for the house. :) I will have to be on the hunt for the it.

  18. says

    You are such a stylish girl, Kate! I admire you on the pictures and your ideas!

    Do you mind if I ask a mani-related question here?
    One of my nails keep on separating and chipping off. I tear the loose layer off, file, cut the nail really short, top it off with clear nail polish, but…. a day or 2 later it starts to separate again. So tired of it! No fungus there. Any idea what might glue it while it re growths?
    Thank you,

  19. says

    I wore that shirt to school today! I’m actually wearing it right now :)It’s honestly one of my favorite shirts in my closet! SO comfy!
    I wore it with a black cardigan and a mustard yellow/gold scarf and some gray pants.
    I tried to channel your outfits when I got ready this morning!
    I love your blog!!

  20. says

    I want you to know that you create a Target addiction with your clothes! I had to go to 5 different Targets before I found that yellowish green cardigan with the white polka dots! :)

  21. says

    HEY! I have been following your blog for a couple months and LOVE checking out all your outfits and hairstyles :) We have very similar taste. I just wish I had a reason to look cute… most days my kids are the only people who see me. Love the blog.

  22. says

    I have that same top, Kate – and I love it! You look so cute in it. Looks great with that orange scarf, too! I will fearlessly step out now and combine patterns!!! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  23. Diane a says

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a target shopping “problem”!!! Hehe!! Love your blog- you are so cute!!

  24. Cindy McBrayer says

    You have a GREAT Blog! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas! I actually look forward to doing my hair now! You are fantastic! Keep up the good work!

  25. Anonymous says

    Kate, I am currently trying to do a major purge of my clothes closet. I am trying to get an idea of the number of pieces to actually keep. Can you recommend or comment on the number of tops, jeans, sweaters, jackets you recommend to have. I hate to get rid of so much but how much do we really need??? Thanks-Dana from Indiana

  26. Anonymous says

    Love following your blog! I was scrolling down reading your description of the shirt. I am wearing the same shirt. :) I bought 3 different color combos of them. So comfy and cute!

  27. Karyn says

    I’ve checked on the Target website for the coral scarf, but had no luck. Is it from this season? Do you happen to know the brand? LOOOOOOVE IT!!!

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