Stripes have been a "go to" in my closet since I got my first rugby shirt in college. Stripes are clean and crisp. Classic in a Parisian kind of way (Saint James) which may be a reason why I love them so. They are a perfect neutral that can be refreshed with a scarf or dressed up/down in a snap.
Honestly, I'm obsessed with stripes and am stockpiling my faves. One could go so far as to say that I have stripe PROBLEM - witness a shelf in my closet.
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So in the spirit of January, when the racks are filling with those transitional stripes inspiring us to forget the snow on the ground and look to Spring, I give you my some of my affordable faves and ways to wear.
Boden stripy tunic. $58 I got this last year and wore it to death. It's tapered in the waist so it hangs nicely, not like a sack of potatoes. Grab one before Real Simple or Lucky does an editorial and they sell out.
What to pair with it? TOMS - I was not a believer but am now. Their canvas shoes are adorable, affordable at under $45 and supremely comfortable. The leather footbed actually has arch support so you can tool around in these all day and your feet will be happy. They come in all sorts of colors but I like the bright and cheery red. Look for TOMS new line of ballet flats in February.
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Denim shirt. Throw a denim shirt over the dress, cinch up the sleeves and you've got great layered look. A great go-to for denim shirts is J. Crew or Madewell. This one is the keeper from J. Crew at $78.
One of our friends and readers had on this one from Old Navy the other day and it looked fantastic. Women's Chambray shirts, $24.94 at Old Navy.
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When it comes to shades you can't go wrong with Ray-Ban. With a small face like mine, the aviators will make me look like a sad puppy. I found these cool wayfarers at Henri Bendel's for $119 and don't venture out in the sun without them.
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If you're looking for a classic striped top, look no further than Saint James, the definitive French nautical brand which is getting amazing brand awareness with US customers through partnerships with Madewell and J. Crew which just starting selling Women's in store at the Natick store.
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Make sure you've got some yellow in your closet this season. It's such a happy color and pairs beautifully with navy, white and stripes.
This Madewell Scarf ties it all together for $52.
With so much color going on above, try for an understated shoe in a light color - a dark color on your feet will drag the whole look down and become heavy . Metallics are still hot (note: metallics are always in style during an Olympic year) and something like this platinum leather Montauk from Sperry Top-Siders is a classic. Sperry is one brand that Jen and I couldn't be farther apart on. I love. She loathes. ("I really dislike them" - JH) $90 at Nordstrom.
Happy almost spring! ~ LB
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