Even though I’m skittish about wearing most patterns (aside from scarves), I’ve come to think of striped tops as wardrobe essentials. Here’s why:
- A striped sweater or tee helps even the simplest outfit look more finished.
- Stripes break up solid blocks of color and provide visual interest.
- They “play well with others” when mixing patterns. Stripes + florals? ✅ Stripes + animal print? ✅ Stripes + abstract? ✅
While a classic marinière stripe never loses its appeal, lately I’ve been drawn to stripes that go a little beyond the usual.
If you don’t want to stray too far from the classic, think about adding color.
The stripes on this navy cashmere sweater are bright, but not overpowering. After seeing in person, I’d recommend for Winters. (Yes there are some warmer colors there, but the overall look reads as cool/bright.) Sizes XX-Small to 3X.
Casual, not bland. I haven’t yet seen this sweater in person, but am betting this color scheme would work for many Autumns. The blue stripes soften that rust color. Sizes XX-Small to XX-Large. It’s also offered in a dark Navy & Ivory combo.
Some like the idea of a striped top, but are concerned about the horizontal emphasis. One way to minimize that effect is to look for patterns or details that break up the horizontal lines.
Here, an offset stripe pocket breaks up the horizontal lines on this tee.
And the tiger stripes on this sweater are a subtler take on animal print.
Weekend Sales Update
Ann Taylor – 50% off winter favorites, code COLD50
Anthropologie – extra 40% off sale items
Black.co – 20% off winter accessories.
Everlane – lots of new styles in Choose What You Pay
J.Crew – 25% off select full-price items, code SHOPNOW
Lands’ End – 30% off your order & free shipping, code SNOWMAN
Nordstrom – not a sale, per se, but they’re dipping a toe into the resale market
Talbot’s – 25% off regular price purchase (including new arrivals), code STYLE25