While warm weather always brings the urge to bust out your breton stripes and do your best sailor impression, this season presents an especially compelling case for working the classic print: Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, and Dolce & Gabbana all reimagined the summer staple in bold, oversize iterations, and the look is now making its way from the runway to the sidewalks. Get inspired:
1. Try a vertical version to sveltify. Want to fake longer legs? Stripes that run up and down can help you create the illusion in an instant. These chic pants by Stella & Jamie (just $99) are the perfect mix of mod and ladylike.
2. Work the classic espadrille. Stripes scream Saint Tropez, and so do espadrilles–just ask Brigitte Bardot. Combine them (we love MYMU’s $55 slip-ons) and find yourself instantly transported.
3. Test the trend with the perfect accessory. More of a basic black kind of girl? Try stripes in small doses, like a rattan hard-case handbag (Trina Turk, $89). A lightweight scarf or a canvas tote will work just as well.
Can’t get enough of this of-the-moment trend? Shop these pieces and much more in our Spring Trend Alert: Stripes sale!