Stripes and Street Art

So I was severely under-caffeinated the day Anne from Devil Dog Studio and I shot these early morning photos in downtown Fargo, but I’m sharing them anyway because they show off two of my favorite things in the world — stripes and street art.

So ignore my super sleepy face (I call this look “I have an exhausting toddler and an early morning deadline”) and check out my go-to outfit and one of Fargo’s most photogenic alleyways.


I basically live in a variation of this outfit when the weather gets cooler. Boots? Check. Swingy skirt? Check. Black jacket with tough hardware? Check. (This particular jacket is actually a sweater styled like a moto jacket — brilliant.)

My all time favorite Topshop tights ripped during the shoot, which bummed me out until I realized they’ve been in heavy rotation since I bought them on a whim in Paris in 2007. 2007!!! Good grief. I should have thrown them a retirement party or a parade or something.

And of course you can’t go wrong with a bold stripe. I’d been wearing this boxy, black and white top with midi skirts and boyfriend jeans all summer long, but it works so perfectly as a layering piece that I’ll be wearing it this winter, too.


I’m partial to classic black and white stripes myself, but I think stripes work in any color…and I have a closet full of stripes to prove it.

I just think that stripes are so versatile and easy to wear. The pattern packs a graphic punch, but it’s not overwhelming. And I love how you can go gamine with a skinny striped boatneck and ballet flats or go for something a little more rough around the edges, like I did with this look.

I think I might have a stripe addiction. Maybe it’s genetic. My mom and I constantly show up at dinner wearing stripes — and once we actually wore the exact same shirt. My dad and my husband still tease us.

It’s gotten so bad that Derrick will literally point to a striped shirt — any stripe — in a store and say “Are you gonna buy that one too?” And you know what? I always consider it.

Hey, there’s nothing wrong with having a signature look, right?

What’s your favorite outfit? Do you have a pattern you can’t get enough of, or am I the only weirdo who keeps buying the same thing over and over again?

Get The Look:
Striped Top: Target
Skirt: H&M
Jacket: Silence + Noise from One World Boutique
Tights: Topshop
Boots: True Colors in Grand Forks, ND
Bag: Gucci

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