Summer Lovin' : Stripes

5/21/2009 10:26:00 AM Posted by Christina

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The stripes trend is one of the strongest of the summer season. Although the focus has been on loose-fit pieces through the rocker and menswear-inspired trends, preppy chic is still in.

From a striped blazer to a striped pencil skirt, you can wear stripes any way you want (although it is best to wear vertical stripes than horizontal, if you catch my drift.)

Pair your striped piece with other solid pieces for balance--stray from mixing patterns.

You can incorporate other trends into the preppy look to add your own chic twist. Pair your striped shorts with a loose-fit tank and a 3/4 sleeve blazer. Or a fitted striped skirt with a solid bare tank.

Don't forget about accessories! Keep the accessories to a minimum, especially for day wear--you don't want the look to seem forced. Pair your bright stripes with neutral accessories like bangles, simple studs or a statement necklace and nothing else.

Try these cool stripes on for size...

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