Stripes — bold and colorful, are everywhere this season

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It’s pretty commonplace for stripes of the nautical variety to rear their lines come spring and summer. But this season, there’s a new stripe in town — bolder, colorful and showing up on unexpected wardrobe pieces.
J.Crew is offering stripes galore. “We invented a holiday just to celebrate our love of stripes,” says Somsack Sikhounmuong, head of women’s design. They really did — National Stripes Day — and while it passed a few weeks ago, J.Crew is selling many spectacular pieces, including a thick, vibrant stripe of in-house created colors that runs horizontally on a pencil skirt. 

Did someone say horizontal? Pencil skirt? Designer Nikki Kule is a serious stripe devotee whose brand, Kule, consists of mostly striped apparel. “There are still people who don’t like to wear stripes because they think it makes them look wider,” she says, “but I don’t believe that myth at all. Stripes are for all shapes and sizes and ages.” Celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch agrees. “The rules are gone. People aren’t scared of stripes anymore and that’s why they’re are having a huge renaissance,” he says. With a broader acceptance of different body types, he notes that the only question people should ask is “does the garment make your body look the way you want it to look?” 

Of course, preppy types have found comfort in stripes forever. They’ve always been part of our DNA, says J.Crew’s Sikhounmuong, whether deck-striped tees, button-up shirts or ball skirts. At Penelope, a trendy boutique in Woodbury that’s far from preppy, owner Gabrielle Banschick says “you can make stripes very bohemian or rock and roll.”

Adds Kule, “We believe stripes are urban and can be worn day or night.” And the more the merrier, she says. “Wearing stripes on stripes is fun and playful.” For Kule, stripes are meant for every occasion — except one. “The only place I don’t like to wear stripes is on a boat. It’s so cliché.” 
 

Vibrant stripes

Wow to this slim skirt in bold, colorful
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Wow to this slim skirt in bold, colorful stripes (note the colors were specially designed in-house at J.Crew); $98 at select stores and jcrew.com

Shady lady

Keep the sun out of your eyes with
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Keep the sun out of your eyes with this chic, colorful straw visor, $68 by Kate Spade at katespade.com

Sunglass stripes

Funky and fierce, these chic shades will add
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Funky and fierce, these chic shades will add drama to any look; $375 at aliceandolivia.com

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Sunglass stripes

Funky and fierce, these chic shades will add
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Funky and fierce, these chic shades will add drama to any look; $375 at aliceandolivia.com

Maxi stripes

Be the belle of the music festival in
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Be the belle of the music festival in this striped crochet maxi dress; $68 by k/lab for Kohls, at select stores and kohls.com

His and hers

Pinstripes meet up with a romantic ruffle on
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Pinstripes meet up with a romantic ruffle on this smart but sweet one-shoulder top; $35 by BP at select Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com

To the beach

This awning-striped beach tote in coral and
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This awning-striped beach tote in coral and white is an eye-catching carry-all; $248  at neelyandchloe.com

Body suiting

Get unexpected striped oomph from this bodysuit;
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Get unexpected striped oomph from this bodysuit; $48 by k/lab for Kohl’s at select stores and kohls.com

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Pointy flats

Get caught flat-footed in these cute and cushy
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Get caught flat-footed in these cute and cushy flats, $109 at select Talbots stores and talbots.com

 

 

Streamlined

Go for a long, lean look with
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 Go for a long, lean look with these tapered ankle pants; $89 at select Chico’s and chicos.com

Striped crusader

Go dramatic in stripes with this swoop-backed
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 Go dramatic in stripes with this swoop-backed cape top by Queensberry; $128 at Penelope, Woodbury.

Sparkly stripes

Flaunt your sparkling personality in this vivid sweater,
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Flaunt your sparkling personality in this vivid sweater, $169 at select Ann Taylor stores and anntaylor.com

Striped sandals

Multi-color wedges feature saucy and summery stripes along
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Multi-color wedges feature saucy and summery stripes along with pretty ankle laces; $129.50 from the Tommy X Gigi collection, at tommy.com

 

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Patchwork pretty

Gigi Hadid rocks the stripes in this patchwork
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Gigi Hadid rocks the stripes in this patchwork ensemble featuring a crop top ($99.50) and pencil skirt ($149.50), both part of Tommy X Gigi, her collab with Tommy Hilfiger; at select Macy’s stores, macys.com and tommy.com

A fresh combo

An assortment of stripes meet up with embroidery
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An assortment of stripes meet up with embroidery and tassels on this airy maxi dress by Skerno; $149 at Penelope, Woodbury.

Romper time

Summery striped romper features tassel trimmed sleeves and
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Summery striped romper features tassel trimmed sleeves and waist ties; $260 by Cool Change at select Intermix stores and intermixny.com

Shoulders and stripes

Banker meets babe in this pinstriped off-the-shoulder job;
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Banker meets babe in this pinstriped off-the-shoulder job; $78 at select Banana Republic stores and bananarepublic.com

Tanks a lot

Cheery rainbow stripes elevate this knit top: $265
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Cheery rainbow stripes elevate this knit top: $265 at milly.com

Go bold

Style this slinky sweater with capris and ballet
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Style this slinky sweater with capris and ballet flats and it’s kind of a young Audrey Hepburn moment; $235 at kule.com

Footloose

Stripes are turning up everywhere this season, feet
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Stripes are turning up everywhere this season, feet included. You may have to earn your stripes with these extravagant and fun Gucci platform metallic topped sneakers; $950 at select Nordstrom stores and nordstrom.com

 

 

Make a splash

Ooh la la, sporty one-piece swimsuit with shoulder
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Ooh la la, sporty one-piece swimsuit with shoulder tie; $118 at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com

Striped sheath

Go from desk to dinner in this fit-and-flare
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Go from desk to dinner in this fit-and-flare number with well-placed stripes and a flippy hem; $140 at select White House Black Market stores and whitehouseblackmarket.com

Ball skirt beauty: What a heavenly summer piece
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Ball skirt beauty: What a heavenly summer piece — a striped, seersucker ball skirt by J.Crew, $188 at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com

Lip flips

Red lip detailing meets graphic black and white
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Red lip detailing meets graphic black and white stripes on these  flip flops, $48 at select alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet boutiques and aliceandolivia.com

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