What I Wore: The Striped Shirt

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Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Rough and Tumble bag and J Crew striped tee Wardrobe Oxygen wearing a J Crew striped tee shirt Wardrobe Oxygen features a J Crew striped shirt and Rough and Tumble bag Wardrobe Oxygen featuring Gap Real Straight Jeans and a Rough and Tumble bagShirt: J. Crew (XL) | Jeans: Gap (32 S) | Shoes: Converse | Bandana: Had forever (similar) | Bracelet: Had forever (similar) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bag: Rough & Tumble Bags

Remember my post about THE STRIPED TEE? This is it. It was crazy, I thought I ordered it and then was asked what I thought about it and realized it never arrived.  I checked, it never came out of my PayPal, and I never received a confirmation email.  No idea what happened, luckily they were still in stock so I ordered again.  And well… it's the darn closest I have found! It's a better quality knit, better made, has washed great without any change in size or condition. The stripes are a bit smaller and not even, but I still like it (I bought two and am glad about it). Like my original striped tee, this is a relaxed fit, not one to tuck in or try to glam up. I wore this look the other weekend running errands, and then unrolled the jeans, slipped on my Chelsea boots and my black puffer vest for the evening.

I haven't featured this bag on the blog for almost a year (previous posts with it) but use it regularly.  This past Wednesday I used it when Emerson and I went to see Gloria Steinem speak at the Sixth and I Synagogue; it was big enough to hold stuff for both of us and easily switches from shoulder to crossbody.  Saturday morning, a friend stopped by and asked about the bag and wondered how it worked as a backpack and I realized I never used it in such a manner.  So that day I decided to wear it as a backpack and I gotta say it's pretty comfortable and easy to use and slip back to a standard bag. This bag has been through a lot, carried heavy and awkward loads and still looks like new.  Made in the USA by a woman-owned company?  Big fan!

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  1. Ashley
    July 26, 2019 / 3:38 am

    Hi! Do you still love your rough and tumble bag? Any chance you might sell it if you don’t use it much? Thanks for your time!

    • August 7, 2019 / 11:03 am

      I do still love it and use it from time to time. I don’t see myself selling it, it’s the kind of bag that I forget about, then pull out and use for weeks wondering why I took a break!

  2. Lee4
    November 9, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    That shirt is super cute! I have the JCrew Factory version & like it a lot too. I also picked up a black & white stripe long sleeve shirt at the Gap that I love–it’s so soft! It does have the boatneck style, though, which sometimes bothers me. Wearing it with a vest or cardigan helps (keeps the bra straps covered). I just hope my shirts don’t develop those annoying little holes around the bottom! The fabric on the Factory version is a bit thicker than the Gap shirt.

    Speaking of the Gap, I was in my local one yesterday & was told they are phasing out the Real Straight jeans! Boo. Skinny jeans are taking over the world & those of us who who don’t have toothpick-like legs are out of luck. Hopefully, the 2 pairs of Real Straights that I have will last a bit longer & still look good.

  3. bubu
    November 9, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Very cute look — you have me re-thinking my “no stripes” policy! But right now I have a question re the black puffer vest you aren’t wearing here but were in the previously linked post — I’m on the hunt for a puffer that is warm and functional but doesn’t make me look like a lumberjack. I’m quite short (5’3″) and hourglassy, so I don’t know if a puffer vest will always come across as boxy-looking on me. The seaming on yours is pretty and unusual, and also seems to follow the contours of the body in a more flattering way. Would you say that is accurate? And also, is it warm? I live in New England, so a “for show” kind of vest (like I saw at Old Navy) is not enough to cut it! Thanks so much!

    • November 9, 2015 / 12:58 pm

      your questions work perfectly with a post I have scheduled for Wednesday! Yes, this vest has what I call “strategic stitching” which really flatters the figure. It’s considered a packable down vest, so it’s not a stiff but I find still warm. However, I think some vests may be warmer, but you’d likely have to deal with a thicker/stiffer/puffier silhouette. But my vest is warmer than my husband’s packable down vest which IMO is just a couple feathers between two pieces of nylon. I regularly wear this one with a fleece and a running shirt outside when it’s below 40 degrees because it does keep my core warm enough for an early morning walk or afternoon hike in the winter.

      • bubu
        November 9, 2015 / 1:55 pm

        Thank you — so helpful!!! Looking forward to Wednesday’s post!

    • GoddessMel
      November 9, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Definitely try stripes bubu! I too used to have a no-stripes policy – at about 5’1″ and with a 20E bust (Australian sizing) and round tummy I figured there was no way I should wear stripes. Then I started seeing ladies on the street and on blogs – including the lovely Allie – with not dissimilar shapes wearing exactly that. So I tried one… and another one… and another one, and now I’m hooked! Given that I still haven’t found a button-up shirt that will accompany my bosom without looking like I’m wearing a maternity blouse (not a good look given I’ve never been pregnant), I’m glad that stripes are no longer on my ‘no go’ list 🙂

  4. AlisonCSB
    November 9, 2015 / 11:09 am

    CUTE! I just ordered one from Boden — their shirts tend to run too short for my long torso, but now they have a few pieces in long lengths, including the stripe. So excited to get it!

    • November 9, 2015 / 12:59 pm

      I saw the long lengths and thought it was such a great addition to their collection!

  5. Patricia
    November 9, 2015 / 9:45 am

    That’s my look you’re wearing … except no cool bandana neck scart. Love that touch of red with your coloring.

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