Today's Everyday Fashion: Ladylike In Black & White

Embellished collar top, Sefina earrings
Embellished collar top, Sefina earrings, stripe skirt
Embellished collar top, white coat, stripe skirt
Embellished collar top, Sefina earrings, stripe skirt

What is it, exactly, about a strong collar? Is it the sense of authority, a nod to clergymen and First Ladies? Or perhaps nostalgia for throwback 1950s styles? Whatever it is, I'm a huge fan, and could not believe my luck when I scored this top secondhand. I wore it with jeans the first couple times, but it's also, I discovered, the perfect companion to this old stripe skirt. (As well as these earrings; I can't believe how well they match!) There's something about ladylike black and white that I just don't think I'll ever tire of.

Top: Aqua c/o thredUP, $26 (similar below)
Earrings: My Stella & Dot
Skirt: boutique c/o, old (same, similar)
Coat: boutique c/o, old (similar, similar, similar)
Shoes: Charles David c/o (same, similar)
Purse: Marc Jacobs/Saks Off 5th, $288 (similarsimilar, similar)
Approx. dates: Skirt is 5 years ago. Shoes are 4 years ago. Coat is 3 years ago. Purse is 1 year ago. Top and earrings are new. 

Embellished tops on a budget