Sunday, June 30, 2013
A Riot of Summer Stripes On Sale
Lately, whenever I’m running around Manhattan, I can’t get that old favorite “Cell Block No. 9” out of my head. Why? Because every other woman is wearing something with big, bold stripes (usually black and white)--just like the classic prison uniform! There's definitely a "riot" of stripe fashions going on this summer.
The thing that has impressed me most about this season's stripes trend is the variety of styles. At the start of spring, I counted four stripe tops--two 3/4 sleeve boatneck tops and two short sleeve Ts--in my wardrobe. I thought: "Oh yeah, I've got this stripes trend covered." But now that I've seen all the different stripe possibilities on the street, my tops are looking a little ho-hum.
Are you seeing stripes where you live? I've gathered a sample of stripe fashions to show you what I mean. Many of garments are seriously marked down for summer sales, like the Jones New York Stripe Split Neck Pullover (Blue, Size XL) (was $79, now $59, plus an additional 50% off at checkout) at the top of this post.
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Designers are showing stripes in just about every type of garment and accessory— jersey tops and sweaters, skirts and pants, shoes and handbags and so on. Tops are the most popular stripe fashion among New York women over 50. I’ve seen women with all body shapes looking fabulous in horizontal stripe tops of all different styles—boatneck or v-neck jersey T’s, sweaters and blouses.
Naturally, New Yorkers are drawn to the black and white stripes. (Oh, how we love anything with black!) However, the more traditional French sailor navy and white combo is also very popular. Take, for instance, this Anne Klein Stripe Wrap Front Pullover (was $89, now $49, plus an additional 25% off at checkout)
When I think of stripe tops, I imagine something in a cotton jersey. But this season, stripes are popping up in unexpected garments. Take, for instance, this collared blouse with horizontal stripes from Ann Taylor. It's on sale, but unfortunately, it's only available in petite sizes. On the hunt for stripes even if they aren't on sale right now? Ann Taylor has a lot of choices, including my favorite 2013 summer tops with longer (just above the elbow) short sleeves. Click on the photo below to search the AT site.
Ann Taylor Alpine Stripe Camp Shirt (was $78, now $59.99)
Some designers, like Michael Stars, have had fun mixing stripes with different colors and widths in their tops. If you're looking for something a casual, comfortable top, you might want to look at the current Michael Stars. And, yes, many of the stripe tops are currently on sale, like this Michael Stars Short Slv Dolman V-Neck w/Tie Hem (was $78, now $54.60)
Michael Stars 3/4 Slv Boatneck Tee ($88, now $61.60).
Not surprisingly, there are lots of stripe pullover and cardigan designs to choose from. One of my favorite color combinations this summer is beige and white, so I'm loving this next Jones New York Light Weight Cotton Sweater (Brown, Size M) (was $89, now $69, plus an additional 50% off at checkout).
The striped sweaters look great with a white jean skirt, of course. But I also like the pairing of a stripe sweater, like this Anne Klein Stripe Print Cardigan (Blue, Size MD) (was $79, now $49, plus an additional 25% off at checkout) with a solid color summer sheath.
Or for something a little different, there's this Anne Klein Cameo Stripe Cardigan (Blue, Size MD) (was $79, now $39, plus an additional 25% off at checkout).
Anne Klein Stripe V- Neck Cardigan (Black, Size SM) (was $119, now $49, plus an additional 25% off at checkout).
I haven’t see many over 50 women in stripe skirts or slacks. Recently, I tried on a stripe jersey skirt, hemmed just above my knees, and got a hoot out what I saw in the mirror. It didn’t look bad from the front, but I looked like a bumble bee from the back--if you know what I mean. I do, however, like the longer, stripe skirts, especially the ones that flair a bit.
Michael Stars Hampton Stripe Flare Midi Skirt (was $84, now $54.90)
Walk the Line Skirt ($78)
Do you have the "pencil" body shape with long legs? Or narrow hips and long legs? First off, lucky you!! And secondly, you'd probably look smashing in one of the trendy slim stripe maxi skirts, like...
Michael Stars Slim Maxi Skirt ($64)
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