There’s definitely an undeniably sexy quality about a man in uniform. Think Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman, Tom Cruise in Top Gun. This summer women have been making sailor stripes their own. I have always loved the French blue and white striped shirts, especially the style made famous by Jean-Paul Gaultier. Almost every store/boutique I walked into these past six months have carried one variation or another of this classic, Parisian-inspired look. Needless to say, exploring my nautical tastes was definitely on the to-do list.
More so than enjoying men in uniform, I found myself wanting to dress the part instead. In the past months I have purchased a handful of items to satisfy this urge. I opted for a flirty jersey skirt and ruched-short sleeve top from H&M, a men’s long sleeve tee, a blue and gray striped racerback maxi dress,….the list goes on. I also agonized over the five or so different options J. Crew put out for women (not to mention the men’s versions!). Sail away into the sensual summer weather in stripes, said the fashion forecast.
But of course during the hottest days of the season I begin to seriously plan my key pieces for fall. My first purchase for the new season was actually quite a steal.
For under $100 I snagged this wool-blend jersey dress by French label Zoe Tees from The Outnet. (The Outnet is by far the most fabulous online offspring any major website has created.) The way the item is styled is nearly exactly how I plan to wear the dress in the coming weeks (we’ve been getting “previews” of usual soggy Seattle weather these past few days). With some opaque tights and patent leather Stuart Weitzman booties, this black and cream striped dress will transition this spring trend into my (pre-)fall wardrobe rather smoothly.
Here are some of my pre-fall picks to get striped down for the new season.
French Connection sweater $88 from Nordstrom
Kain jersey T-shirt dress $115 from Net-A-Porter
Anna Molinari knitted tank $142 from The Outnet
Vince jersey T-shirt $98 from Net-A-Porter
M Missoni leggings $215 from Nordstrom