Date Night/V-Day Look: Off-the Shoulder Striped Top

Some things just pull at your heart strings as soon as you see them. 
This flirty, striped, off-the-shoulder number? This was one of them. I shared a sneak peek of this look on my Instagram a couple of days ago and received the most amazing compliments and direct messages from several of you (thank you so much!)

 Is this not one of the cutest tops you've ever seen?
The navy stripes, the dramatic, chiffon-like bell-sleeves with tiny ribbon's feminine, flirty perfection, ladies.

You know I rarely wear off-the-shoulder tops since I'm limited to specific occasions to wear them, but once I saw this one online, I knew it would be the most darling top for date nights, parties, or even just a fun girls' night out. It's definitely an attention-grabber! It's also a great Valentine's/Gal-entine's Day top (inspiration for next year, for those of you who celebrate.) And with an affordable price tag of $35, you really can't go wrong.

An added bonus? This top is super stretchy and comfy. It's a thin knit/sweater material (polyester/viscose.) I'm wearing a size Small and it fits nicely. It's very petite-friendly thanks to the slim fit and shorter length. It's not a cropped length, but I could see that some ladies with longer torsos find that it runs on the short side. A

A small tip: because of the white stripes, you'll want to wear a nude or white strapless bra; you don't want any dark colors or patterns peeking through. Also important to note is that it's not machine-washable; it's hand-wash only, which makes sense given the delicate nature of the sleeves (which are described as "trumpet sleeves" in the item description...who knew?)

Since the navy stripes give it a slightly nautical feel, I styled the top with a high-waisted, side-button pencil skirt in winter-white. The buttons are a nice nod to a sailor skirt, playing into the nautical theme, yet remain subtle. Since the top is already quite dramatic, it was important that I keep the rest of the look sleek and understated; the last thing I wanted was to slip into dangerous territory of being "costumey." So, I chose a silhouette and color that both do a nice job of balancing it all out.

Forever 21 Off-the-Shoulder Striped Top (Small)
LOFT Button-Down Pencil Skirt (00) - sold out (similar here)
J.Crew Everly Pink Suede Pumps - old (similar here)
Ann Taylor Crystal Disc Earrings - old (similar here)
Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace  - via Rocksbox (Get 1 month free w/ code 'StyleMePretty661xoxo')
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in "HD Spark"

For a pop of color and extra feminine flair, I opted for my favorite pink suede pumps. Pink and navy always complement each other beautifully, and it's one of my favorite color combos. Plus, since this was my date-night look, I wanted to feel extra pretty, and pink suede pumps never fail me.

A quick swipe of pink lip gloss and I was all set. Hubby surprised me with the most gorgeous (and fragrant!) mix of light and dark pink roses, so naturally they made their way into the photos for this look. ;-)

I hope you enjoyed this fun, feminine, flirty look as much as I did! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have an amazing, love-filled day!

P.S. Since first sharing this look on Instagram as mentioned earlier, it appears that sizes in this top are already very limited, so if you love it, snag it! And if your size is currently sold out, be sure to bookmark the page and keep checking back for pop-ups!


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