For most people, spring’s nautical stripes trend conjures up visions of themselves tanned and lounging on a schooner on clear blue waves near their own personal island (with a fruity drink in hand, of course). While you may not actually have your own yacht, this crisp and preppy trend can be yours night and day, not just by the sea.
Learn below about how to wear your stripes proudly anytime, anywhere this spring.
To channel your inner J. Crew model, try going all out preppy by pairing your stripes with American classics like khakis, capris, Bermuda shorts or a simple, flowing, cotton skirt. Pair with simple sliders, Keds or oxfords and adorn yourself in delicate accessories like pearls, simple studs, a classic watch or anything vintage. Finish the look with a cute headband and chic tote. If you decide to go with a polo, don’t pop the collar. It’s too much.
Try Zara’s Colourful Striped T-Shirt, $25.90.
Dressed Up For Work
To wear stripes at work make sure the colours are more on the conservative side (black, white or navy) and pick a heavier material or knit so it doesn’t come off as too causal. Matching horizontal stripes with a blazer, full suit, trousers or pencil skirt will take it up a notch without having to try too hard. Use accessories like closed toed shoes and a structured bag to give off the professional vibe. Wait until vacation to whip out the flip-flops, not casual Friday.
Try topping a basic navy striped top with Zara’s White Double-Breasted Blazer, $139.00.
Dressed Down For Everyday
Dressing down your stripes may be easy but you can still look put together. To get the beach vibe in the city wear your stripes with a fierce pair of gladiator sandals, aviator shades, and a great saddlebag. Top off this trendy look with a cute hat, like a straw bowler or floppy wide brimmed one. Let your hair flow freely beneath to add a touch of bohemian. Also consider trying a full dress with horizontal stripes and pair it with espadrilles and a great belt to get an easy but incredibly stylish look for running around.
Try Zara’s Oversized Striped T-Shirt, $29.90.
Dressed Up To Go Out
For a fun look try boldly pairing nautical stripes in a tee or tank with a sequined miniskirt (a huge trend for Spring 2011). While it may visually seem like a lot, stripes are practically neutrals. Paired with sparkling accessories and an envelope clutch this look has both sophistication and sex appeal. Heels and smokey eyes are a must. Make sure that if you have a small frame you aren’t choosing stripes that are too wide for your size.
Try Zara’s Basic Black and White Striped Tee tucked into a trendy miniskirt, $15.90.
A great way to visually break up a lot of horizontal stripes is to use amazing accessories. Try a large statement necklace to set the tone for your outfit. To keep the look bold and clean go without anything to break up the top and just do a bold bracelet or drop earrings instead. If you want to try a belt make sure it is wide or colourful so that it stands out against the pattern. Accessories will really make the look your own for any occasion!
Try accessorizing these looks with Zara’s Brown Elasticated Sash Belt, $19.90.