Why Not . . . Wear Stripes?

Apr 17, 2013

Nautical or Breton stripes will always be one of my favorite options when it comes to coordinating my spring and summer wardrobe, and while they are a classic choice that is always on trend, they were seen ubiquitously on the Spring 2013 runways. With color, bright bold combinations and expanding beyond the classic Coco Chanel striped top, designers had fun with their interpretations of a very popular choice of women of all ages.

Today, I’ve gathered together a handful of ways to incorporate stripes into your spring and summer wardrobe, as well as did a bit of shopping for you as well. Have a look:

A Classic Choice

Paired with dark denim jeans, white cropped trousers or worn under a classic jacket or trench, choosing to wear a striped top (boatneck is my favorite neckline, but always choose the most flattering style for your body type) will always been in style. If traveling and not sure of what to wear, were stripes and you’ll always appear chic, timeless and sophisticated.

Dress Up or Down
For work, for day or even for a delightful date night, stripes can be dressed up or down. I just love how the image below reveals how simple stripes can be worn for an evening out – black and white stripes, a black knee length skirt paired with nude or statement heels and ooh la la indeed without breaking a sweat.

Mix Vertical and Horizontal
If wearing stripes on top and bottom, get creative and take a risk by playing with vertical and horizontal. Toss on a classic solid coat and simple accessories and the classic pattern makes a fabulous statement.

Choose Vertical to Elongate
Looking to add a few more inches to your frame? Wear vertical stripes from top to bottom, or at least on your legs. The illusion is quite powerful and so long as it is tailored to silhouette, not hug, your frame, you will radiate confidence and a touch of mystery.

Keep Horizontal Loose, not Tight
Stripes by nature can act as a bit of camouflage, but makes sure that horizontal stripes don’t become a second skin. Choose tops that are properly fitted and have a little give to move with your body otherwise the camouflaging won’t be able to work its magic.


The beauty of having a few striped items in your wardrobe arsenal is that they never go out of style. Go ahead and invest in quality fabrics and craftsmanship as they can be worn from year to year without the worry of ever appearing trendy.

If you are just beginning to stock your closet with stripes, start with a classic navy and white or black and white Breton long (or 3/4) sleeve top. Two online shops where many different styles and colors can be found for great prices and quality are The Original Breton Shirt Co. and Chance. Last year I purchased this top from Chance and wore it endlessly. I highly recommend.

Looking for more visual style inspiration? Many of Thursday’s Style Inspiration posts focused on just this style topic – click here, here, here, here or here for more stripe inspiration.

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4 thoughts on “Why Not . . . Wear Stripes?

  1. Wonderful post! Loving stripes so much. I absolutely agree that they are “in” year after year and somehow stripy shirt is always so chic. This year I also ordered some stripy dresses and found a jacket in my closet so I am all set!

  2. Every co-worker, both female and male in my office is wearing stripes today. Totally unplanned and totally awesome. Just a testament to the fashion power house that is the stripe. Love it.

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