If you ask us, Memorial Day weekend is the start of summer—which means it's time to kick your warm-weather wardrobes into full gear. Aside from the usual suspects (sandals, sunglasses, and denim cut-offs), there are a few (slightly more interesting?) things that have staying power once June rolls around year after year and stripes are one of them. Take inspiration from the Spring 2016 runways, particularly Salvatore Ferragamo, Missoni, Tommy Hilfiger, and Stella McCartney, where the bold line motif had a major presence on dresses, pants, skirts, and more. Whether you keep things vertical or horizontal, thin or thick, there is a multitude of ways to incorporate the graphic into your look. Here, we present some highlights to help get you started.
There is a pair of striped jeans for everyone, be it a cropped flare a la Alexander Wang or a boyfriend-fit, straight style from A$AP Rocky's collection for Guess. Pair them with a plain, white crewneck and you are good to go.
From a bardot off-the-shoulder shirt to a fitted cropped top, there are endless options in the striped T-shirt realm. What they all have in common is that they look good with everything. Really. We're in favor of wearing one with a high-waisted skirt and loafers or even under a slipdress.
When it comes to footwear, you can really have fun with stripes. Go the classic route with a blue and white slip-on sneaker from Vans or take the high-fashion road with Saint Laurent's rainbow flip-flop.
Striped swimwear is not only fashion forward, but it's actually flattering, too. Show some skin with a ballerina-inspired wrap style from H&M or get sporty in J.Crew's high-neck maillot with a front zipper.
You mastered the LBD and the LWD, but it's the little striped dress that will carry you through the summer. Wear one over your bathing suit during the day and take it into evening by swapping out your slides for heels.