WIW 8/15 SOS: Man Overboard!

Ahoy, mateys! Waving at Suz, who looked so striking in the Vince Camuto tube skirt with the bold stripes. I was originally going to keep the black one with thin white stripes as it was more subdued (I thought the wide stripes might be too crazy looking on me), but after seeing how amazing she looked, I had to go for it myself! Thanks Suz for the inspiration!

I wanted to pair a peplum top with the skirt (like Suz did in 4). I recently bought a black and white striped peplum top from J Crew and thought it would be fun to pair the thinner stripe top with the wider striped skirt. For accessories I went with pattern mixing with polka dots. And of course I couldn't have just one set of dots so I went with my purse, necklace, and a new iPhone case! Then I added a black and white bracelet from Forever21. The triangular shapes of the bracelet remind me of a ship's signal flags. And the points are echoed in the lapel of the moto jacket and the pointy shoes. The stripes and dots pattern combination makes me think of a ship signalling SOS in Morse Code:
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And the flag shown in 5 (just like my bracelet) means Man Overboard. Perfect! I love themey dressing!

Avast! Here are some bonus nautical sayings--fun read on the meaning of popular nautical phrases.
Thanks for weighing in! Full steam ahead!
Nautical Natalie

Halogen knit moto jacket, J Crew striped peplum top, Vince Camuto striped midi tube skirt, WHBM necklace, Forever21 bracelet, Marc Jacobs Dotty purse, WHBM black flats

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  • ramya replied 6 years ago

    I love it I love it I love it.
    Wasn't suz's peplum fab@!!! I sm on hunt for one too.
    Now I did try stripe on stripe on my pencil skirt recently too. Guess what I am going to wear it soon

  • Hil replied 6 years ago

    Oh my - that is First Rate! I may just Keel Over with it's fabulousity! :D

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    That is so much fun. This ship is sailing PRETTY!

  • merwoman replied 6 years ago

    Well shiver me timbers! Totally gorgeous - even your iphone cover is on theme. I see nothing but smooth sailing ahead, but keep an eye out for ship collisions as captains swivel their heads to have a second look.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    This combination is really lovely. The mix of stripes is "subdued" by the jacket. Fab outfit.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Love your stripey-dotty fabness Natalie!

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I love your multiple striped outfit!  The polka dots are a fun addition.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    You are without question the captain of this ship!! You look amazing in this, and I'm humbled to be some inspiration!! 

    With your fun pattern mix you are inspiring me to get a bit more creative with my own looks if I can. Thank you for the inspiration in turn!!! 

    I did try with my own narrow striped top, by the way, but it didn't work, and here's why -- the backgrounds and stripes were the same colour. Yours works because the backgrounds contrast with one another. 

    I love it with the moto, by the way. And I also love that you are with me on Team Wear!

    By the way, just for clarification -- in the photo above, I'm not actually wearing a peplum top. This one is just a ruched turtleneck T from a few years ago that is quite fitted through the waist. Here's my actual peplum, below, which I got at the Loft at the start of season. It is made of knit (like a cotton sweater) so it is less structured than some peplums. In some ways that makes it easier to wear, I think. 

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    High five Suz! And you're right--I posted the wrong photo of you...the peplum you posted is the one I meant to post. I'll fix it--thanks for pointing it out. My peplum top is also sleeveless and the same neckline and shape. I haven't been brave enough to wear it solo yet though...feels a little bare without a something covering the arms. I wore it with a cardigan last time.

  • shedev replied 6 years ago

    love this themed outfit.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    Love and adore. I love how you take black and white and just run with it.

  • cobaltblue replied 6 years ago

    As I read the description, I thought, "Natalie's gone crazy OTT - this won't work!" After seeing the photos, I humbly stand corrected. You're a stripe and dots genius.

  • Ginkgo replied 6 years ago

    I also thought this would have been too much and not worked, but it works brilliantly and actually is a simple (visually) look.  Congrats to the Queen of Pattern Mixing!

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    Well, matey, I am absolutely smitten with this fantastic stripes on stripes outfit. The skirt looks brilliant on you, Natalie, and the blazer and pumps add your signature ladylike touch. Plus, how playfully fun is the addition of dots by way of your fab bag, iPhone case and necklace:-)

    Thanks also for linking to the sayings, off to peruse them in a little bit.

  • No Fear of Fashion replied 6 years ago

    Very good outfit. Well done, combining all these black and white variations.
    Love the length of the skirt. Very feminine.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    So stinkin cute!! I am so glad you went for this jacket... It is light enough that it does not overwhelm the fabrics of the skirt and top. And the matching dots on neclace, bag, and phone slay me.

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    Natalie, I love the way you put the different stripes and dots together.

  • Mo replied 6 years ago

    Fun pattern mix, and I love the morse code reference!  I'm now going to be a skirt lemming and will have to look up all these outfits when mine comes :)

  • Nicole D replied 6 years ago

    You are a master pattern mixer.  This is black and white done right!  Very creative and playful.

  • replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing...as always.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    HAHAHHAHA. I've seen that iPhone case and I thought of you and MaryK. :) How fitting you have it now.

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