It’s hard to go wrong with stripes and sneakers…

Susan B. wears a sporty-casual outfit with yellow bandana, Vince striped sweater, slim leg jeans and Vince Warren sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A sporty-casual outfit with stripes, jeans, and (elevated) sneakers.

Lately, I’ve been leaning into my own version of Sporty Chic. My friend Lisa might call this look “Polished Tomboy.” Either way, it feels right for the times. Relaxed, (a little) refined, and very comfortable.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas as my own. The clothing and accessories are my own as well.

earrings | bandana | sweater | jeans | shoes

A striped sweater or top is such a timeless style, and a great way to add visual interest to a simple outfit. Stripes also mix nicely with other patterns. And Vince makes such nice sweaters! This one’s a very lightweight wool/cashmere blend. I’m wearing the XS.

This is one of my favorite jeans styles, the AG Prima Crop. This style has a mid rise and cigarette (slim) leg, and runs a little smaller than my other Prima’s. I’m wearing a 28.

Detail: Susan B. wears Vince Warren slip-on platform sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Slip-on sneakers have been my go-to shoes these past few months. I first purchased a pair of these Vince platform sneakers in black about three years ago. (When I first put them on, I told le Monsieur they felt like “a thousand angels caressing my feet.” 🥰 ) So I was thrilled to find them in this warm tan color! They’re just as delightful to wear as my first pair.

Susan B. wears a Vince striped sweater, yellow bandana, slim leg jeans, and slip-on platform sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In addition to being comfortable, they’re good-looking and easy to style. They’re more refined than a classic sneaker, but still sporty. The platform adds a modern edge and nice visual volume (great to help balance longer or fuller clothing styles). This style tends to run about 1/2 size large. I’m wearing a 7.

Detail: Vince Warren suede slip-on sneakers. More women's slip-on sneakers at une femme d'un certain age.

Nordstrom carries a wide selection of footwear brands, including my favorites: Vince, Paul Green, Cole Haan, and ECCO. They offer free shipping and returns, or you can order online for curbside pickup at their stores.

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  1. Susan, this is a bright, lovely outfit. I remember a couple of years ago you had a holiday photo in front of lit candles on your mantelpiece. You were wearing a beautiful blue silky top, black slacks and pearls, holding a glass of champagne. It was utterly timeless. Thank you for your uplifting messages in this difficult year. You inspire me.
    Here’s to a much better 2021 and seeing Paris again!

  2. Cute outfit. For me, the scarf makes it sing. I have a similar pair of shoes (Vans) which I wear every day now. Slipping shoes on instead of lacing them up is a small luxury.

  3. Thank you Susan for your always inspiring posts and for your positive, upbeat attitude. Living where you are and everything happening around you it would be more than forgivable if you had gone down the Debbie Downer path! You keep it informative and motivating which your readers seem to really appreciate. In Canada we have been pretty lucky but not immune, my province and the one adjacent(Ontario, Québec) are going into lockdown Boxing Day to control the spread and to keep those living in hotspots at home. Everybody is waiting for their turn to have the vaccine but we need to be alive to benefit!
    Also a thank you for mentioning in one of your posts the Land’s End cashmere sale. I had been longing for a black cashmere turtleneck for ages but at well over 250.00CDN I could not justify it. I actually got it for less than 100.00CDN with free shipping when I followed your link!
    It is really lovely! Much appreciated when we could do (heated) outdoor patios this past December! But I’ll wear it indoors during lockdown too.
    Happy Holidays 2021 will be better for us all!

  4. It is all about the bandana. I love that touch. I have a pair of red slip ons that I need to get innersoles for. They are just a tad loose but inserting innersoles tightens them up just enough. I’m prob a 7 & 3/4 size and they don’t make it. LOL I think this look would be cute with jeans done in red stripe sweater. Red bandana, red shoes. That’s what I love about the way you style outfits. It those small details that I love. Merry Christmas!

  5. That’s a great outfit Susan and you look good as usual. For California residents no doubt ideal!
    Living in a cold climate (eastern Canada), jeans are a summer thing for me, especially jeans worn with bare ankles.
    Also, I find jeans are a problem if you wish to wear them with varying styles of footwear or heel heights. The length has to be adjusted, so in fact you have to own several pairs of jeans, one to wear with flat shoes, another for booties, another for high or medium heels, not to mention sneakers and sandals. I definitely find that cropped with bare ankles and sandals is the most flattering style but unfortunately not for winter in Canada.
    Leggings (or tight jeans) tucked into long boots is a go-to style for many Canadian women.
    Maybe in a future post, you could suggest some cold-weather outfits, you have really good taste,

  6. Lovely! I really like your eye – and have so enjoyed watching you shift towards a different color palette and more casual pandemic style. Your blog is a really useful source of inspiration – it feels very practical and real world, but still so fun to look at. I love getting your ideas about what to watch on streaming services too. Thanks for continuing to write and inspire!

  7. Hi Susan! Quick question on the sneaker sizing. You stated you purchased a size 7 and that the shoes run about 1/2 size large. Are you usually a 7 1/2? Super cute outfit and just the way I prefer to dress most days (when I’m out of lounging clothing!). Thank you for putting together so many beautiful outfits throughout the year in order to share them with us. I know this takes time and a lot of work and you are much appreciated! I wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous 2021!

  8. I have a question about your sponsored posts. What exactly does this mean? Esp. if the clothes and accessories are yours?

    I’m seeing more and more of these among my favorite bloggers and YouTube channels, and it does make me a bit uncomfortable. I understand that you want this to be a profitable venture. But as a former magazine editor who didn’t even let advertisers buy her lunch, I am wondering what’s being compromised.

    You do look quite cute in that outfit.

    1. Hi McKlem, sponsored posts can take different forms. In this case, Nordstrom asked me to style a “look” with pieces available on Sometimes brands or retailers will gift items, but that was not the case in this instance. I’m very particular about doing these, and only accept a sponsored collaboration if the product(s) or service is something I would use or recommend to my readers. And in the case of an outfit, if I’m able to choose/include items that feel authentic with my style. (In this case, I already owned everything but the sweater, which I ordered to complete the outfit and absolutely LOVE and am keeping.) And thank you!