The versatility of black and white stripes

Today, I’m highlighting the versatility of this black-and-white striped tank top and participating in Audrey’s “One Piece Many Ways” link up — and, update, also showcasing my favorite pattern, stripes, in the latest IFB project. Scroll to the bottom to see several different ways I’ve worn this tank top throughout all four seasons this past year. I’ve worn it under jackets, sheer blouses, cardigans, scarves, and layered over dresses, and I’ve paired it with shades of red, green, blue, black, chambray, grey, and pink.

It is a VIP layering piece, for sure, but I wanted to go simple today and showcase it for what it is, a tank top. I paired it with a simple black skirt and an equestrian-style bow belt. Strappy black wedges and gold jewelry rounded out this simple yet striking look.

Librarian for Life + Style | The versatility of black and white stripes

Librarian for Life + Style | Cognac bow belt

Librarian for Life + Style | The versatility of black and white stripes

Details:  Striped tank top:  Old Navy, last summer  /  Black skirt:  Maurice’s, old  /  Black strappy wedges:  Target, last spring  /  Bow belt:  Mango, from another dress  /  Long gold necklace:  UAE, my mom’s  /  Gold earrings:  My paternal grandmother’s, old  /  Vintage wicker-and-bakelite purse:  Chicago art fair, old  /  Brown cardigan:  Gap, old

Librarian for Life + Style | The versatility of black and white stripes

Location:  Mural on the side of a local scooter store

Librarian for Life + Style | The versatility of black and white stripes

And here are a couple of shots with my brown cardigan, which I carried as a cover-up as we went shopping. I really liked the simple color combo of black, gold, and brown.

Librarian for Life + Style | The versatility of black and white stripes

And as promised, here are many ways I’ve remixed this striped tank top, which I picked up last summer. Its cost per wear in the pennies by now, as this tank top has turned out to be a great staple in my closet! I think its longer length has helped add to its versatility — and feeling of personal comfort, as I have never worried about it riding up. That’s a key consideration for us long-waisted ladies. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | 1 piece, many ways: striped tank top collage

Look 1 | Look 2 | Look 3 | Look 4
Look 5 | Look 6 | Look 7 | Look 8


Link ups:  One Piece Many Ways Link Up  /  IFB Project #107  /  Style Sessions  /  Real Girl Style   /  Dress for the Day  /  Keeping It Casual  /  I Feel Pretty  /  Wardrobe Wednesday  / What I Wore Wednesdays  /  Whatever Works Wednesday  /  Summer Style  /  Three-fer Thursdays  /  Friday Favorites Remix  /  Friday’s Fancies  /  Favorite Fashion Friday  /  Sunday Style

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44 thoughts on “The versatility of black and white stripes

  1. Katie

    That belt is awesome. I’ve never gotten into wearing black and brown together, I think there’s some part of me that is still stuck on these old fashion rules that don’t even mean anything anymore… but the more I see people mixing them up, the more I’m starting to really like the look.

    And as a fellow woman with a ridiculously long torso, YES. I occasionally resort to ordering tall length tank tops just to get those extra inches! But then I have these itty bitty widdle legs. Ah, well.

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks Katie! I agree, black + brown together can look odd, and it’s not something I do all that often. I think it works in this case b/c it looks intentional — the lighter brown belt helps with that, too, kind of bridging the black and brown.

      And hee hee, thanks for the chuckle at the visual of “itty bitty widdle legs”! So cute! 😀

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    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks! I’ve had this skirt for ages, and it’s actually gotten a bit stretched out along the waist. So that’s why I made a kind of paper-bag waist of the skirt with the belt. I ended up really liking the effect, and how the tighter belt made kind of natural pleats in the skirt. 🙂

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  2. Ashley

    That tank is definitely versatile! I especially love it with the black skirt and brown tank top. I never think to wear black and brown together, but it looks so cute!

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  3. Lynaea

    Perfect marriage of outfit to backdrop! Very cool photos. And yes, your tank must be VIP. You’ve got a lot of fun looks going on with those stripes (I love stripes).

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