Marc by Marc Jacobs Sig Stripe Tee$168.00
Available at: eLUXURY
Stripes, be they candy sweet or nautical sleek, are all over the spring fashion lines. Yes, horizontal stripes are a fashion pitfall waiting to happen, but the situation isn't as dire as you think. Choose your stripes wisely, and pair them with the right wardrobe basics, and you'll conquer this daunting springtime trend. Like most trends, this one isn't for everyone. Avoid horizontal striped shirts like the plague if you are top heavy or-- ahem-- "large chested." Oh, and, as a rule, horizontal stripes on pants only work if you are Kate Moss-skinny.
For stripes that are girly sweet a la Shirley Temple, Marc Jacobs is your man. This Marc by Marc Jacobs Sig Stripe Tee (top right) turns nautical stripes on their head by trading traditional navy and white for peacock and peach, while keeping a classic asymmetrical button-placket and oversized folded collar. How very Marc.
I had my doubts, but Twinkle proves that stripes can have an edge with this "Farrah" sweater. This cotton/cashmere blend creation gets a dose of designer chic from a unique stripe pattern that stops short of the hem and cuffs and a super slimming single vertical stripe that curves around the waistline. Genius.Twinkle "Farrah" Sweater
Available at: ShopBop.com
Splendid Rugby Stripe Dress
Available at: PinkMascara.com
LeTigre Striped Cardigan
Available at: StyleRocket.com
Rugby-Stripe V-Neck Sweater
Variations: Sunbeam Stripe (shown), Green Stripe
Available at: OldNavy.com
Gap Striped Ribbed Tank
OR Buy 2 or More, $10 Each
Variations: Antique White/Blue Willow (shown), Red/Oat
Available at: Gap.com
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