Happy March! As soon as you turn that calendar page, you know that the month that’s in like a lion and out like a lamb can only mean one thing: spring is around the corner. And while color wills soon return to our closets as well as our cheeks, spring is also the best season to celebrate the return of prints! Florals are often the first print to show up, splashed across spring ensembles the country over. But arguably just as popular is the fresh and flirty stripe, as common to spring runways as sandals and sunglasses. But with so many options to choose from, the task of choosing the right stripe for you can be a bit daunting. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite trends from the spring ’13 runways and provided more wearable, (and wallet-friendly!) options to choose from.
From baseball jerseys to jailbirds, the classic black and white striped combo has long been a mainstay in the fashion industry. As a classic, designers often adopt the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality with this patterns and color combo, though in recent seasons we’ve been the vertical stripe being played with more and more. Vivienne Tam had stripes predominate her Spring ’13 motif, carving out long and lean lines on her sporty separates. The idea of a linear line on a bottom is all at once flattering and elongating for just about any shape. Like a casual take on the pinstripe we love this similarly playful stripe on the Nailah Pants by Joie. Boasting the same natural waist and cropped length, you could pair these with just about anything in your spring wardrobe for a casual, yet pulled together look.
While black and white is a timeless combo that will never go out of style, navy blue and green have become a popular couple in more recent seasons. And with emerald green being Pantone’s official color of 2013, expect to see it everywhere this spring. You can tell the color combo is a particularly notable trend because it was picked up by one of the most influential trend setters in the industry, Michael Kors. Option usually for neutral palettes, Kors embraced the pizazz of this chic and undeniably preppy combo in his spring ’13 collection, using thick stripes and drop waist to an almost flapper-like effect. In order to make the trend more day to day, we liked the throwback, almost 70’s tennis skirt look of this cute little mini by Nanette Lepore. Though the orientation of the stripes is different, it still resonates with the same uniquely versatile vibe.
Every year, it’s such fun to attend the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet spring shows because we know they’ll be brimming with fun and girly dresses. This season’s presentation was no exception, with the collection taking on a decidedly 50’s feminine feel. Full skirts and cardigans held court along cat eye glasses and saddle shoes. And of course, the candy-colored sundresses were one of the best parts. This striped strapless dress was one of the highlights, a sugary blush confection that would look amazing on any skin tone, with the added statement of alternating stripes on the bodice and skirt. The color was tough to track down but we like the similarity in this more modern silhouette by Opening Ceremony. Cris-crossing stripes and a skaters skirt would satisfy any fashion lover’s sweet tooth.
Sometimes the coolest stripes are actually the absence of fabric. Sheer stripes were another popular trend on the runways, designers carving the print out of airy, floss-like fabric. Catherine Malandrino was one of the best purveyors of this look, stenciling sleek geometric stripes throughout her collection. We particularly enjoyed her sheer white stripes creating peek-a-boo stripes of skin. This will be one of our favorite looks to pull for outdoor activities this spring and summer. Music festivals, street fairs and anything that requires the least amount of clothing will be topped off with a sheer striped shirt. Sass & Bide provide this same sense of symmetry and geometry in their subtly striped The Last Day Tee. Tissue thing and light as air, this will definitely be a must-have piece for the warm weather seasons.
Flattering, colorful and in endless array, choosing these pieces for the coming season will be the easiest way you can earn (and wear!) your style stripes!
1. Black and White Striped Pants
Runway: Vivienne Tam Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Joie Nailah Pants, $198
2. Blue and Green Striped Skirt
Runway: Michael Kors Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Nanette Lepore Caricature Striped Skirt, $298
3. Pink Striped Dress
Runway: Alice + Olivia Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: Opening Ceremony Larson Striped Dress, $425
4. Sheer White Striped Top
Runway: Catherine Malandrino Spring 2013 RTW
Real Way: sass & bide The Last Day Tee, $220
– Alia Rajput
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