If you saw yesterday’s post then you know I’ve been working on a Spring roundup to celebrate the first week of Spring (even if Mother Nature is not yet on board). Everyday this week I am featuring a different Spring collection and showcasing ways to style them. You could consider this Spring Capsule Wardrobe Week (yes, I just made that up). Monday’s post featured Spring Dresses and today I am talking Spring STRIPES.
Stripes are not a new concept but this spring they are BIG and BOLD and say take notice! I wear a lot of stripes. In fact, yesterday I was unpacking my summer bins and I pulled out striped dress after striped dress after striped dress. I posted closet pics on my Instastory and if you look at my Instagram feed you will see it is filled with stripey outfits. I probably love stripes almost as much as I do dresses, so I am happy this trend persists.
Spring Stripes Selection Criteria
For my selection criteria they had to be items I either already own or would buy. I tried to include a mix of different items and looks. I also made sure all the sizes were available and that at least some of them included petite sizing. The goal was 5 killer pieces. It didn’t happen. I really did try though. They really are all killer though … there is just a few more than 5. #sorrynotsorry #toomanygoodstripes #musthaveallthestripes
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My Top Spring Stripes Picks
J. Crew Berry Print Pleat Skirt – I like the fact this skirt ‘appears’ striped but is not actually striped. Those are bands of fruit. Yes, fruit. How fun!! It also has a matching blouse that makes this look like a dress! BONUS. I have a co-worker who comments every time I wear a shirt with animals (even if they form a pattern and don’t really look like animals). I just ordered this one so we will see what comments occur when I wear fruit. The safe way to style this is with a neutral coordinated top (think white button down, navy sweater, red shell) but I am thinking bright green for some contrast. Currently 30% off at J.crew (through Mar. 26). Skirt and coordinating Blouse.
J. Crew Pop Stripe Skirt – I already own this skirt. It’s brilliant. It’s a conversation starter so I love to wear it to conferences and networking events. Even the men will comment on this one … it’s just not your typical (but still absolutely appropriate) office attire. I typically wear this with a button down (either white or blue) and a blush or black jacket. I ordered this Jumper in both yellow (fun), navy (safe) and white (probably a bad idea as a mom of boys). Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to see which one I choose. The Jumper is currently 30% off at J.Crew – through Mar.26.
Kate Spade Berber Stripe Sash Tie Midi Skirt – This is another one where the combinations of colors are what make the skirt so alluring. So many options to style this. And I love the bow (as you know I am a sucker for the details).
DVF Penelope Colorblock Wrap Fit & Flare Dress – OMG this dress is so gorgeous! And currently 40% off (thank you Nordstrom!). It combines my two loves … stripes and dresses. And the color combination is amazing. This is in my shopping cart and will likely be on its way to my house before the end of the week. I don’t think I can resist. (This one is really going fast and is already down a few sizes … don’t hesitate here).
Halogen Peplum Top – With the Navy base this top screams classic but the color combinations and peplum flare are what make this top so NOW. I’ve been slow to adapt the peplum style but balanced appropriately it can work. Keep the bottom skinny – I would wear either a pencil skirt or ankle pants (see tomorrows post). This print also comes in a cardigan if you are still on the fence with the peplum. (This comes in 4 prints and/or solid options – you will see this again in my floral prints post).
Halogen Stripe Seersucker Top – It’s not all about the horizontal stripes. This shirt looks breezy and light and the color mixes offer lots of complementary options for the bottom piece. I’ve got the perfect pencil skirt for this blouse coming tomorrow (or ankle pants on Friday if you like things casual).
Madewell Stripe Tie Tunic – This top sold out from Nordstrom before I could get this posted but it is still available from the Madewell site. I love that the tie can go in the front or back and that the stripes are perpendicular. I just ordered this to go with my striped Rag and Bone Ankle pants which you will see in Friday’s post. Yes! #wearingallthestripes
Happy Spring Shopping!