Swooning for Stripes | The Creative Closet

Awhile back, Nadia introduced me to The Creative Closet. Not only did this linkup introduce me to two of my now-favorite bloggers, Jana and Maegen, it also helped me think outside the box with my weekly style posts.

You can imagine my excitement when I signed up to co-host today’s linkup, and the prompt was one of my very favorite clothing prints – stripes!

If there was one print that I could wear for the rest of my life, it more than likely would be stripes. There’s something so classic about them, whether they’re on a shirt, a pair of shoes or part of an accessory. Audrey Hepburn was often seen in a simple striped top with cropped pants and a pair of flats – if that uniform is good enough for her, it sure is for me and any other woman out there.


Jana proves that mixing stripes in the same outfit is possible – I basically need that blazer! And, I love Amanda’s classic mix of stripes with neutral accessories and a denim jacket.

Although I don’t typically pair this much color together in one outfit, I couldn’t resist the combination of pastel pink skinnies and a bright yellow and white striped shirt. Yellow is a color I tend to steer away from since it doesn’t mesh well with my blonde hair or skin tone, but I was pleasantly surprised that this shade of yellow didn’t wash me out.

And, since I was getting an overall girly nautical vibe from this outfit, Ryan and I took the opportunity to explore Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin’s largest lake, that we only live 10 minutes from! With a lighthouse, multiple gazebos, parks and even a petting zoo, I have a hunch that we will be spending quite a bit of time over there throughout the summer months.




jacket | H&M (similar)
striped tee | Target
pink skinnies | Old Navy
purse | Coach Factory
belt | H&M
necklace & sunnies | Apt. 9
I am looking forward to all the Creative Closet prompts throughout the month of April. Fun fact: the prompt for April 14 also is the name of my all-time favorite movie!
The Creative Closet April 2015 Prompts

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Can’t wait to see everybody in fabulous florals next week!


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  1. 4.1.15
    Nadia said:

    These photos are seriously SO stunning Karly!! I feel the same way about yellow most of the time, but that top looks amazing on you. I'm dying over that purse, it's soo classy!

  2. 3.31.15
    Jen said:

    I love stripes! What a beautiful photo shoot, too.

    xo, Jen

  3. 3.31.15
    Jenna said:

    I love everything about this outfit! I absolutely love yellow! That shade really looks great on you Karly!

  4. 3.31.15
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Such a cute outfit and what a beautiful setting for your pics! I'm sure you're going to enjoy exploring everything Lake Winnebago has to offer.

  5. 3.31.15

    Yes! You totally need to break out the pastel jeans like now. πŸ™‚ I definitely played up my bronzer a bit so my face didn't look too washed out, so I'm hoping a nice tan also will lend itself nicely to this yellow top.

  6. 3.31.15

    Thank you, dear friend!

  7. 3.31.15

    I've been wearing those flats nonstop since I received them a few weeks ago – so cute and they go with everything!

  8. 3.31.15

    You girls are way too nice – thank you so much for your words!

  9. 3.31.15

    You are so sweet, thanks friend! Yeah, the warmer weather and a lake that isn't frozen would be welcome pretty much any day now. πŸ™‚

  10. 3.31.15

    Thanks, lady! You totally should join the linkup – it's my favorite!

  11. 3.31.15

    Yes, we definitely discovered the "it" summer spot on Fond du Lac, I think! You totally need to go to H&M still. I really think you'll find that jacket that you've been after.

  12. 3.31.15

    Thanks, Ada! That utility jacket has been getting a lot of use lately since we're not quite ready for no jackets in northern Wisconsin.

  13. 3.31.15

    Thanks so much!

  14. 3.31.15

    That's great! Glad I could provide a little bit of inspiration to someone today. πŸ™‚

  15. 3.31.15

    Thanks so much, Amanda! I realized while editing the photos that the colors in my pants and top did get a bit washed out from the sun – I'm glad people are still getting the point! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for having me as a co-host today! xo

  16. 3.31.15

    You totally should pick up a pair! I had to put some foot pads in them for some extra arch support, but overall they are pretty comfortable.

  17. 3.31.15

    I'm with you – this is really the first time I've ever worn stripes in a color other than black or navy. Kind of fun for spring, though!

  18. 3.31.15

    I realized while editing these photos that the colors didn't pick up too well on camera because of the sunlight. Oh well, you live and learn. Thanks, girl!

  19. 3.31.15

    Thanks so much!

  20. 3.31.15

    Your outfit made me SO excited to wear my pastel pink jeans ASAP πŸ™‚ And I think I may try out yellow this summer! I agree that it usually washes out fair skinned people but you're rocking it so hopefully I can too!!

  21. 3.31.15
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    These photos are just amazing!! Love it all friend πŸ™‚

  22. 3.31.15

    You are so cute! And those flats are adorable! I need to pick up a pair!

    Her Heartland Soul

  23. 3.31.15

    Absolutely beautiful back drop for these pictures girl! The one of you sitting on the bench and looking back is stunning!

  24. 3.31.15

    Karly! You look fabulous! These pictures are gorgeous and I love the outfit. Hopefully summer hurries up already so we can enjoy the beach!

  25. 3.31.15

    Love your outfit, and your pictures are beautiful. I hear ya on yellow and blonde hair too! πŸ™‚ This is such a fun linkup idea too, maybe I'll join next time. Thank you sharing! πŸ™‚

  26. 3.31.15

    Looking good lady! Looks like you have a lot of fun times ahead at the lake this summer! Love your new H&M jacket, I still have to hit up the store!

  27. 3.31.15
    ADA said:

    I loved seeing you co-host today Karly. Great neutrals. I adore the yellow striped top and utility jacket. Such a nice outfit for Spring!

  28. 3.31.15

    I love stripes and I absolutely love your outfit. So cute.

  29. 3.31.15

    I now love the combination of pink and yellow–wouldn't have thought about it before. Those scalloped shoes are adorable.

  30. 3.31.15

    You look amazing!! I actually thought your look was all neutral until I visited your blog and realized it was pink and yellow! The colors pair so pretty together and they look great with your skin tone!! I also love the location!! Light
    Houses are just so pretty. Thanks for co hosting with us today and I'm so glad I discovered your blog! It's great!! Xoxo

  31. 3.31.15
    Rachel Emily said:

    This look is so soft and pretty! I keep forgetting about how much I want those Lauren Conrad flats!!

  32. 3.31.15
    Anne said:

    Love this lightened up version of stripes for spring! Usually I go with navy or black for mine, but this is so fresh and fun.

  33. 3.31.15
    Biana Perez said:

    Love how springy this outfit it!! The yellow stripes aren't too bold and I actually thought they were blush colored in the first picture!! So pretty! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  34. 3.31.15
    Michaela said:

    Oh this is a perfect outfit! I love stripes! The yellow and pink is a perfect combo!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner