As someone who is larger on top than bottom, I normally avoid prints or patterns (especially stripes!) on top. After all, who wants a print stretched awkwardly across one's chest? Suddenly, those straight lines appear unattractively wavy. But, perhaps against my better judgment, I just can't get enough of stripes for spring right now. Any way you do them -- nautical, menswear, or Gallic -- I love the easiness and androgyny of stripes for spring. And, when done right, they can be (I promise) incredibly flattering.
1. Fine Stripe Henley ($88, Boden). Love the big graphic white buttons paired with the white sunglasses.
2. Bow-tie Striped Blouse ($49, Banana Republic). The menswear-style vertical stripes are ultra-flattering, especially when softened with the bow.
3. Tricolor Cardigan ($139, Shopbop). A super-fine cardigan is perfect for Houston weather and the button-detailing at the 3/4 sleeve makes this one just a little special.
4. Harbor-stripe Bikini ($54/top, $42/bottoms, J.Crew). About the most flattering striped bathing suit you could find. I also like how the bottoms aren't too bare.
5.Juicy Couture Striped Dolman Top ($128, Shopbop). The banded waist and easy fit make this perfect for weekends. Diagonal stripes ensure it's flattering.
6. Pamela Stripe by Andre Assous ($110, Piperlime). Striped espadrilles are a great way to sport horizontal stripes without fear they'll make you look wider.
7. Michael by Michael Kors Cardigan, Tee & Linen Pants ($69.50-$129.50, Nordstrom). Love MK's slouchy, decidedly French take on the nautical look.
8. Yarn-dyed Striped Scarf ($58, J.Crew). An oversized, whisper thin scarf that's great for transitional weather.
9. BCBG Striped Crepe Dress ($258, Bloomingdale's). This is such a great example of how a dress can be sophisticated and sexy without being overtly revealing. Besides, stripes are such much more unexpected than the LBD.