TREND: Get Striped!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sig Stripe Tee$168.00
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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 Twiggy Sweater Dress
Twinkle "Farrah" Sweater
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Ready to jump into the deep end of the stripe trend? It's doesn't get any better than this sleek Rugby Stripe Dress from Splendid, my all-time favorite tee shirt label. The signature super soft Splendid modal/pima blend jersey has been fashioned into a slim dress that can go from weekend to cocktail party with a quick switch of shoes and accessories.

Splendid Rugby Stripe Dress
Splendid Rugby Stripe Dress
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Like your stripes "weekend in the Hamptons" style? Opt for this candy colored Striped Cardigan from preppy wonder LeTigre. I'd pair this with a spare white tank and pale yellow bermuda shorts for a super stylish look perfect for a picnic or barbecue party.

LeTigre Women's Striped Cardigan - MSN
LeTigre Striped Cardigan
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Take on two spring trends-- stripes and spring's sunshine-y "it" color-- in one with this classic and affordable V-Neck Sweater. This versatile v-neck will keep you warm on cool spring nights and brighten up your office attire when paired with a white button-down and dove grey trousers.

Old Navy Rugby-Stripe V-Neck Sweaters
Rugby-Stripe V-Neck Sweater
Variations: Sunbeam Stripe (shown), Green Stripe
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Get striped on the cheap with this sleek tank from Gap. The stripes are on-trend and the price is on-budget. That makes this Ribbed Tank a true bargain.

Gap Striped ribbed tank
Gap Striped Ribbed Tank
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Variations: Antique White/Blue Willow (shown), Red/Oat
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