Friday, July 19, 2013

How I Wear It: Stripes

Hey everyone! Leah from We Live Upstairs here. Well...I did it! I married my best friend a week ago today, and I've finally had some time to breathe-if for only a second. Now I have the task of preparing to move 13 hours away in about a week and a half. It's fine- I don't like sleep anyway.

I thought I'd take a minute from the hustle and bustle to talk about stripes. I love them, you love them, but what do we wear with them? If you're judging by my outfits alone, the answer is pretty much anything. Proof:

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Thick stripes with nudes.

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Paired with plaid in the same palette.

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With dots in a similar palette (you see a trend here?).

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With sparkly skater skirts.

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With tribal, half body-con, half shift dresses.

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With crazy floral/paisley, backless dresses that need another layer in the winter.

See? Anything. Don't worry, all of these are from the last year, and I'm already regretting plenty of them (looking at you, Crayola tights). It's the "let's look through my 5th grade diary as a 16 year old and have a cringe-fest" feeling. My style may be changing (minimalism is my friend right now) but I can confidently say that I will always have too many striped things in my closet. Do you have another patterned staple in your closet? How do you wear it?

Thanks for letting me share, guys! And because I'm re-dic excited about it, I thought I'd mention that my wedding photos should be ready next week, so come say hi if you'd like to see them! Til next time!

xo, Leah


  1. Congrats on getting married; you look plenty cute in stripes.

    1. Thank you, Kristian, on both counts! : )

  2. Great post dear! :)

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    1. You are far too kind, Rachel. Perhaps we should meet up once I move to SC!

  4. hahah i totally went through that two months ago, where i'd look at old posts and just be like "...wut". the very negative side of being a blogger: it's all recorded. i quite like the tribal dress one though! and congrats on getting married yayaya!

    xo marlen
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    1. Thanks, girl! Yeah, there are definitely some outfits where I'm like "......smh.....", but I'm sure one day I will appreciate that everything of mine is on the internet.

  5. Congrats on your wedding!! That's so awesome for you guys :D
    I kind of like that I can look back on old outfits and be like "Huh, that's not very "me" anymore" it's fun to see how our style changes
    I love stripes too, they're such a versatile pattern, perfect for pattern play

    1. Thank you so much, Jenna!
      And yes, stripes are a huge component of any pattern mixing I do.

  6. I love your use of stripes. They're kind of an awesome neutral if you're brave.

    1. I try to be brave- but sometimes I run and hide in the closet : )

  7. aww I loved this post Leah, you def do rock them w/ any outfit/pattern. i'm getting into more minimialistic looks lately as well, but do love your looks w/ the bright blue & the red tights. & hurrah, off to check out your wedding photos, so excited for you & must be cool to move right after too, esp since you dont like sleep and all ; ).
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  8. No need to cringe! All of these are super cute and creative! I especially love the sparkly skirt combo! Elana's the polka-dot queen and you're the stripe queen! I love it!
    p.s. Can't wait to see those wedding photos

  9. You can never go wrong with stripes!! Lovely looks. :)

  10. Great post!
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  11. Lovely photos! Nice post.

  12. i even wore stripes with stripes one time. like whatever. it looked good.

    xo. m.

  13. Stripes are always right in my opinion! Love the combinations you created!

    Have the best day ever,

  14. I LOVE this post:) your blog makes me happy.

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    Have a great week dear

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