Striped Turtleneck Staple

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Do you have a striped black and white turtleneck in your closet? If not, get one. Yesterday. During some after Thanksgiving shopping, I bought this one from Old Navy for a whopping $8. Unfortunately, it’s sold out now, but I found this one from Macy’s for $14.99.

I never realized how much I was missing! I actually have a black and white striped t-shirt, but this turtleneck has quickly become my go-to piece. It’s seriously a game-changer. I’m not even a huge fan of turtlenecks because I don’t like my neck and I think they typically emphasize my double chin! BUT…this style is a thin, lightweight version that doesn’t ride up too high or graze one of my least favorite features.

I’ve worn it by itself and as a layering piece. A lot!


If you still need convincing or if you just need some styling inspiration, here are some pics I found on Pinterest and shared on “My Pinterest Closet” board. Notice, I’ve already used some as inspiration and full intend to recreate all of these looks!



Know what I found while pinning? Some of these images are years old! That just goes to show you how classic and versatile this piece is! (Unless that just means I have outdated style! whomp whomp!) Do you already have a striped turtleneck? What’s your favorite way to style it? I’d love to see new ideas!

As always, thanks for reading!




Not Your Average Black T

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As promised, I’ve returned to showcase other ways I will incorporate my new leather top into my fall wardrobe! Let me tell you, you really had to twist my arm to get this post done quickly. I honestly could not put this top back on fast enough!

If you haven’t invested in a novelty leather item, go for it!! Have fun with it! Give faux a try if you have commitment issues or if you want to cut costs or if you disagree with wearing the real thing! Leather is being used in so many unique ways (whether it be in trims, paneling or other accents), there really is something for everyone!!

Now, to the fun stuff!


I love to play with layers and textures, so I paired a long-sleeve denim button down underneath the top in Looks 1&2. Denim and leather! I channelled my inner James Dean!

Look 1: paired the tops with a khaki corduroy mini skirt–an item I have worn for at least three years–and black knee boots. I could easily switch it up with tights and booties, but I figured i wouldn’t wear my fave booties in EVERY look!

Look 2: leather/denim top with of-the-moment color “oxblood” waxed/coated denim jeans and….yes, the black booties are back!!

Look 3:  I ditched the denim top and let the leather fly solo for another fall trend: black and white! Paired the look with black and gold jewelry and heels to keep it from being not-so-basic. Sidenote: That is white I’m wearing AFTER Labor Day.  Don’t throw stones! I do not believe in hard and fast rules when it comes to fashion. If you can rock the white without it looking too “summery” go for it!

Here are other outfit deets!

imageBanana Republic tops and skirt

imageBanana tops, jeans, leather bracelet. Adrienne Vittadini booties.

image Miscellaneous arm candy!

imageBlack/gold link guessed it, Banana Republic.

You would think i owned stock in Gap, Inc. as much as I wear Banana. BUT, i just love their clothes. They are great quality and I can usually get them for far less than “designer” duds when using coupons or waiting for great sales!

So, there you have it! I promise I have more tricks up my sleeve than just leather!

‘Til next time!

Your Budding Fashionista


by Vanessa Culpepper

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