If you have ever opened your closet and become overwhelmed by all the options, rest assured, you are not alone. Happily, our regular Style Tips story is dedicated to providing you with plenty of new inspiration, whether you need a head-to-toe look, or just a few fresh styling ideas. Today’s subject matter—nautical stripes—is a perfect look to try this summer. Not only does it evoke thoughts of the beach, but it is an easy way to add interesting detail to your outfit. On that note, read on for all the need-to-know details and ideas!
1. Pair red stripes with charcoal grey pieces.
Trust actress Sienna Miller to try a fresh take on nautical stripes. Sienna was spotted outside the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London early last month wearing a red striped sweater, charcoal skinny jeans, and lace-up Oxford flats. By adding a pop of red to her ensemble, Sienna had elevated her look from simple to stand-out. To try an equally effortless look for yourself, pick up Michael Michael Kors’ Stripe Crewneck Sweater ($58.90) or Forever 21’s Striped Sweater ($17.80) and team it with J Brand’s Low Rise Pencil Leg Jeans ($230) and Kimchi Blue’s Suede Teardrop Oxfords ($19.99).
2. Wear a striped dress with chic ballet flats.
Modern girls-on-the-go need looks that are easy, effortless and chic, which is why we love this outfit by model Brooklyn Decker. Her ensemble is comprised of three key pieces—a mini dress, ballet flats, and a shoulder bag—that come together to form an understated yet stylish look. The best part? This ensemble can be worn day and night! Inspired? Pick up American Apparel’s Sweater Crew Neck Dress ($65) or Lacoste’s Striped Sweater Dress ($155) and pair it with French Sole’s Passport Flats ($197.95). To finish, add BCBGeneration’s Roxy Tote ($118).
3. Pair stripes with denim for a cool yet casual look.
Now that the spring/summer season has officially arrived, you are sure to need some outfit ideas for balmy summer days, which is why we have turned to actress Ashley Tisdale for inspiration. We love how Ashley’s ensemble—specifically, a breezy striped tee, cuffed denim shorts, and brown sandals—has a beach-ready, minimalist vibe that is easy to recreate. Ready to try? Pick up Blue Life’s Stripe Trapeze Top ($78) and pair it with J Brand’s Gwen Shorts ($138). Then, simply slip on a pair of Boutique 9’s Ledbetter Sandals ($130).
4. Style your stripes with bright accessories.
If there is one thing we love about British model Alexa Chung, it is her quirky-cool sense of style—she loves to mix and match colors and prints. In this case, she teamed a bright yellow mini bag with a striped dress. The result is a look that stays true to Alexa’s individual sense of style and feels fresh and fun as well. With that in mind, you can put together a similarly cool like by grabbing DAY Birger et Mikkelsen’s Striped Cotton Sweater Dress ($205), Jeffrey Campbell’s Lace Up Wedges ($148) and Marc By Marc Jacobs’ Classic Q Percy Bag ($198).
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