Stripes and Lace

You want to know a secret? Sometimes I shoot outfits that don’t always work “in camera.” A lot of times I get it right on the first go round of styling, but sometimes I don’t. In fact I had to shoot this top twice before I got it right. It’s not a hard blouse to style; I loved the way I styled it prior (boyfriend jeans and these surplus shorts) but sometimes things don’t photograph exactly the way I envisioned. Or sometimes outfits just don’t work like they did in my head. After blogging for 5 years, I’ve learned that if something doesn’t photograph well you always try again. I also believe that with pieces in my closet — just because it doesn’t work with what I first envisioned with it, doesn’t mean it won’t work at all. You just have to try something different. (Which can be frustrating when you are running out of time / running late; a state I am constantly in. It’s ironic that I hate being late and yet naturally I always am.) I realized after the first set of photos, that with this top needed a different bottom (pants or skirt, not booty) to give it a bit more je ne sais quoi, if you will. Sure enough, that’s what I needed. I switched from boyfriend jeans to lace shorts and the outfit came alive. I’m glad I didn’t give up on this top because it’s sure to become a summer staple. (I’ve worn it a total of three times in a week. I think it’s safe to stay.)
Plus lace anything gives a bit of a boost to any outfit. Summer just makes me gravitate towards lace. Oh yes and these are (surprise!) shorts not a skirt. They just look like a skirt because I’m sneaky like that. They are in fact shorts. Maybe a ‘skort’ if you’re fancy. (And I think you are very fancy, by the way.) Le skort it is. 
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  1. The skort is super cute! I think you made a great call styling your top with it. I am sure you looked equally as cute with your boyfriend jeans, but I know what you mean when you think you have a great outfit and it just isn’t coming out in photos. Regardless of how it photographs, know that you are totes adorbs and equally as fancy.

    willbakeforshoes.com

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  2. I love the top!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

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  3. Heidi D. says:

    Such a pretty combo! This is perfect styling. I hate when outfits don’t translate! So frustrating to put in the work/time and not have it come out how you’d hoped!

    Wishes & Reality

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    • Kendi Lea says:

      Isn’t it the worst? But I will say that the outfits that don’t photograph great help me understand style better. It’s a love-hate when it doesn’t work out 😉

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  4. Sasa Zoe says:

    Pretty combo! Love your lace skirt<3

    Shall We Sasa

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  5. Alyssa Thomas says:

    This happens to me all the time! Love the shorts!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

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  6. Adorbs, love the top 🙂

    xo Jenny
    Tsangtastic.com

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    love how you mixed the lace and stripes of the skirt and top!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the top!

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  9. This is such an adorable combo, I love that the shirt is looser so it’s more casual. Super cute! XO -Kim
    http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

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  10. MARTINA says:
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  11. Clare says:

    Lace always makes things pretty! No matter what! Love the top, I can see why you’d wear it three times in a week- I’d be living in that too! (And you are on point here, this outfit photographs beautifully!)

    Clare | Understated Classics

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  12. Caitlin says:

    LOVE this look! So pretty & I really want that top. xx!

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  13. Jackie says:

    That top doesn’t look like it was tough to style or photograph, so I guess that means you did a great job with it…but I wouldn’t expect anything less!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  14. elza says:

    love the shorts, you look absolutely gorgeous!

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

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  15. Oh my gosh, Kendi, I love that top! I’m all for “parachute” or shift tops and you did an amazing job pulling it off for this shoot! I normally wear skinnies with my shift tops, and it never fails for me! 😉

    Autumn | A Fabulous Hippie

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  16. Grace says:

    I love that you went with the lace! Such a fun contrast to the stripes. And if we’re making skorts fancy, maybe we could also make “le fanny packs” fancy? Like the skort, they’re just so darn practical! 😉

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  17. I love this top, its so cute. I have that problem too, its hard matching up outfits 🙁 but when it goes good, then its a good day haha!

    http://leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. Carrie Colbert says:

    You’re so adorable, Kendi! 🙂

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

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  19. Stephanie says:

    I love your honesty! You’re totally right. A flowy top like this needs a little skin. Great shorts, great post. 🙂
    -Stephanie
    http://www.coffeeclothesrepeat.com

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  20. Love the skirt!

    || D I A N A ||

    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

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  21. Natali says:

    You look wonderful in this outfit! Perfect combo of lace abnd stripes!

    http://lartoffashion.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  22. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely love the swingin´ stripes and lace together!

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  23. Such a cute & dolly look. Fresh enough for the beautiful Summer day & beautiful enough to take it into the evening. 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    06.10.15 · Reply
  24. The skort is super cute! I think you made a great call styling your top with it. I am sure you looked equally as cute with your boyfriend jeans, but I know what you mean when you think you have a great outfit and it just isn't coming out in photos. Regardless of how it photographs, know that you are totes adorbs and equally as fancy.

    willbakeforshoes.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  25. I love the top!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  26. Heidi D. says:

    Such a pretty combo! This is perfect styling. I hate when outfits don't translate! So frustrating to put in the work/time and not have it come out how you'd hoped!

    Wishes & Reality

    06.10.15 · Reply
  27. Sasa Zoe says:

    Pretty combo! Love your lace skirt<3

    Shall We Sasa

    06.10.15 · Reply
  28. Kendi Lea says:

    Isn't it the worst? But I will say that the outfits that don't photograph great help me understand style better. It's a love-hate when it doesn't work out 😉

    06.10.15 · Reply
  29. Alyssa Thomas says:

    This happens to me all the time! Love the shorts!

    Alyssa | Glitter and Grey

    06.10.15 · Reply
  30. Adorbs, love the top 🙂

    xo Jenny
    Tsangtastic.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  31. Elizabeth says:

    love how you mixed the lace and stripes of the skirt and top!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  32. I love the top!

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  33. Kim Petersen says:

    This is such an adorable combo, I love that the shirt is looser so it's more casual. Super cute! XO -Kim
    http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  34. MARTINA says:
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  35. Clare says:

    Lace always makes things pretty! No matter what! Love the top, I can see why you'd wear it three times in a week- I'd be living in that too! (And you are on point here, this outfit photographs beautifully!)

    Clare | Understated Classics

    06.10.15 · Reply
  36. Caitlin says:

    LOVE this look! So pretty & I really want that top. xx!

    06.10.15 · Reply
  37. Elisabeth Klassen says:

    I love this outfit. So cute and feminine.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

    06.10.15 · Reply
  38. I adore the casual stripes paired with the feminine and delicate shorts!

    Red Reticule | Red Reticule Collection

    06.10.15 · Reply
  39. Jackie says:

    That top doesn't look like it was tough to style or photograph, so I guess that means you did a great job with it…but I wouldn't expect anything less!

    Jackie
    Something About That

    06.10.15 · Reply
  40. elza says:

    love the shorts, you look absolutely gorgeous!

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

    06.10.15 · Reply
  41. courtney says:

    I love this look! The stripes work so well with the lace! So cute

    http://www.breakfastatvogueblog.com/

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  42. Autumn Renee says:

    Oh my gosh, Kendi, I love that top! I'm all for "parachute" or shift tops and you did an amazing job pulling it off for this shoot! I normally wear skinnies with my shift tops, and it never fails for me! 😉

    Autumn | A Fabulous Hippie

    06.10.15 · Reply
  43. I love that you went with the lace! Such a fun contrast to the stripes. And if we're making skorts fancy, maybe we could also make "le fanny packs" fancy? Like the skort, they're just so darn practical! 😉

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  44. I love this top, its so cute. I have that problem too, its hard matching up outfits 🙁 but when it goes good, then its a good day haha!

    http://leannewinters.blogspot.co.uk

    06.10.15 · Reply
  45. Carrie Colbert says:

    You're so adorable, Kendi! 🙂

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  46. Stephanie says:

    I love your honesty! You're totally right. A flowy top like this needs a little skin. Great shorts, great post. 🙂
    -Stephanie
    http://www.coffeeclothesrepeat.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  47. Love the skirt!

    || D I A N A ||

    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  48. Natali says:

    You look wonderful in this outfit! Perfect combo of lace abnd stripes!

    http://lartoffashion.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  49. Stephanie says:

    Absolutely love the swingin´ stripes and lace together!

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

    06.10.15 · Reply
  50. Such a cute & dolly look. Fresh enough for the beautiful Summer day & beautiful enough to take it into the evening. 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    06.10.15 · Reply
  51. Chelsea Finn says:

    Ohhh the lace and stripes combo is so so pretty!! That top seems like a great summer staple – also, loving the skort trend this summer!!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

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  52. Yes, I totally agree with you!! Sometimes, I get all ready to shoot a blog post and then I decide that it’s too….meh. hahahhaa but I love how your outfit turned out 🙂

    xx Shirley
    http://classifiedcloset.blogspot.com/

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  53. Sharyn Busick says:

    Oh, no! That top reminds me of one of my old maternity blouses!

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  54. Elisabeth Klassen says:

    I love this outfit. So cute and feminine.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

    06.10.15 · Reply
  55. I adore the casual stripes paired with the feminine and delicate shorts!

    Red Reticule | Red Reticule Collection

    06.10.15 · Reply
  56. courtney says:

    I love this look! The stripes work so well with the lace! So cute

    http://www.breakfastatvogueblog.com/

    06.10.15 · Reply
  57. Chelsea Finn says:

    Ohhh the lace and stripes combo is so so pretty!! That top seems like a great summer staple – also, loving the skort trend this summer!!

    xx Chelsea
    http://www.organizedmessblog.com

    06.11.15 · Reply
  58. Yes, I totally agree with you!! Sometimes, I get all ready to shoot a blog post and then I decide that it's too….meh. hahahhaa but I love how your outfit turned out 🙂

    xx Shirley
    http://classifiedcloset.blogspot.com/

    06.11.15 · Reply
  59. Sharyn Busick says:

    Oh, no! That top reminds me of one of my old maternity blouses!

    06.11.15 · Reply
  60. oooh that top is quintessential summer! So in love with the colors here! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

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  61. Really cute stripe top and it matches so perfectly with the pretty lace skirt! Lovely style for Summer!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  62. Bridgette Hunt says:

    Easy breezy summer style. Lace anything is the quintessence of summer style.

    https://chicbeatblog.wordpress.com

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  63. Katie says:

    I think it’s the blousiness of it + the sleeves being cut off in such an awkward, unflattering place. I think is the sleeves were longer and hit at a more flattering spot, the blousiness would work better – or if the shirt were less blousy, cap sleeves would work better. As it is, the shirt’s just kind of a big ol’ hang-there with most pants choices I think.

    I do like that color of blue that’s the base color for the shirt. I saw a similar pattern in a basic T-shirt shape at Old Navy in that color that I thought was really cute! That’s a blue that will flatter almost anyone.

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  64. Anett says:

    I love the blue sailor style of the shirt with the lace shorts — very French, which is always a good thing in my book! I’ll secretly steal some inspiration to match a cropped blue/white gingham top with my lace pencil skirt — if my bum doesn’t look too big in it. 😉

    I totally agree on certain outfits not working on camera. They seem totally fine in the mirror at home, but when you see them at a distance in a photograph they just make you look short/big/uncomfortable/gangly or something else we generally don’t want to look. Quite annoying, really!

    Anett | Tall Girl’s Fashion

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  65. oooh that top is quintessential summer! So in love with the colors here! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

    06.11.15 · Reply
  66. Really cute stripe top and it matches so perfectly with the pretty lace skirt! Lovely style for Summer!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    06.11.15 · Reply
  67. Bridgette Hunt says:

    Easy breezy summer style. Lace anything is the quintessence of summer style.

    https://chicbeatblog.wordpress.com

    06.11.15 · Reply
  68. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love those lace shorts!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  69. Katie says:

    I think it's the blousiness of it + the sleeves being cut off in such an awkward, unflattering place. I think is the sleeves were longer and hit at a more flattering spot, the blousiness would work better – or if the shirt were less blousy, cap sleeves would work better. As it is, the shirt's just kind of a big ol' hang-there with most pants choices I think.

    I do like that color of blue that's the base color for the shirt. I saw a similar pattern in a basic T-shirt shape at Old Navy in that color that I thought was really cute! That's a blue that will flatter almost anyone.

    06.11.15 · Reply
  70. Anett says:

    I love the blue sailor style of the shirt with the lace shorts — very French, which is always a good thing in my book! I'll secretly steal some inspiration to match a cropped blue/white gingham top with my lace pencil skirt — if my bum doesn't look too big in it. 😉

    I totally agree on certain outfits not working on camera. They seem totally fine in the mirror at home, but when you see them at a distance in a photograph they just make you look short/big/uncomfortable/gangly or something else we generally don't want to look. Quite annoying, really!

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

    06.11.15 · Reply
  71. Emily Woodford says:

    You look STUNNING! Love this outfit on you and the location is gorgeous as well.

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  72. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love those lace shorts!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  73. photosbyjaana says:

    summer cute to the max!!!
    http://www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  74. Emily Woodford says:

    You look STUNNING! Love this outfit on you and the location is gorgeous as well.

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  75. photosbyjaana says:

    summer cute to the max!!!
    http://www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  76. Nikki Williams says:

    love those wedges!

    xx nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

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  77. Nikki Williams says:

    love those wedges!

    xx nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

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  78. Sarah H. says:

    I think sometimes outfits don’t “photograph” well but that doesn’t mean they didn’t look good in reality. Some clothes just look better when they’re in motion. You should make a gif or something next time. I say that even though I don’t know how to do it and am too lazy to learn how. But you totally should.

    ~Sarah of Sarah’s Real Life

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  79. Sarah H. says:

    I think sometimes outfits don't "photograph" well but that doesn't mean they didn't look good in reality. Some clothes just look better when they're in motion. You should make a gif or something next time. I say that even though I don't know how to do it and am too lazy to learn how. But you totally should.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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