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Stripes fashion trend lesson: The blouse
Spring 2013 runway trend inspiration: The candy stripe button-up at Vivienne Westwood Red Label; Hawaiian-ready coral and sea blue striped shirts at Paul & Joe.
How to wear it: The perfect nautical companion for your seaside escape, the light, striped cotton blouse can be worn with denim cutoffs and boat shoes by day, and structured white carrot pants with a strappy sandal by night.
Where to wear it: Buttoned-up and pressed for a collegiate prep look at the office (for a bold pairing in ultimate lightweight mobility—and who are we kidding, comfort—add a matching bottom, like the loose-fitting stripped pajama suit at Sportmax). Then take it outside.
Stripes earned: One thickly printed navy stripe, sailor.
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Stripes fashion trend lesson: The swimsuit
Spring 2013 runway trend inspiration: A strategically cut horizontal striped suit at Michael Kors; a red, white and blue pinstripe one-piece at Tommy Hilfiger.
How to wear it: With a knitted, nautically Americana stripped kimono worn over your Hilfiger suit for a runway-ready look (and because it’s not exactly summer out yet). Cap off the relaxed look with an oversized straw hat.
Where to wear it: Pick a place—as long as it’s warmer than where you are right now—and ride out the remaining wintry weeks at an exotic locale. Be sure to pack your seaside-inspired (and striped) Chloé bag along.
Stripes earned: Totally—from every angle. Have you done this before?
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Read on for more ways to earn your stripes in Spring 2013... Stripes fashion trend lesson: The dress
Spring 2013 runway trend inspiration: Sleeveless mirror-paneled cocktail dress in this year’s emerald green it-colour at Jonathan Saunders; asymmetrical milk maid-inspired sundress at Dolce & Gabbana.
How to wear it: Saunders’ sultry scooped-neck number suits the après-hours setting with a pair of knockout heels and (why not?) a flouncy blow out. Wear with a cropped leather jacket for added badass effect.
Where to wear it: Stripes are not only empowering, they’re character building. Go all out in a whimsical picnic-perfect striped sundress at the dawn of spring weather with espadrilles and a basket of home-baked cookies.
Stripes earned: Of the naughty and nice variety. Well played.
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Stripes fashion trend lesson: The mixed stripes
Spring 2013 runway trend inspiration: A striped-and-star-spangled strapless dress at Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti; white and chartreuse and striped all over ensemble at Acne.
How to wear it: Confidently. Seriously—when stripes are rolling off of you from every angle, there’s no second-guessing the defied rules of structure and optical illusion. Add a colour-blocked bag and pointy toe heel and call it a day.
Where to wear it: The non-negotiable takeaway truths about this look? Light, bright stripes work for breezy, outdoor days on the patio or at the office. Look-at-me bold patterns mixed with figure-hugging silhouettes are best for any place with the bonus illumination of bright lights.
Stripes earned: None—with a nautical look this innate, we’re pretty sure you were born at sea.
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