Stripes: 6 Ways to Wear the Hot Summer Fashion Trend

When it comes to stripes, there are plenty of options beyond simple horizontals and verticals. Be prepared to get in line with unconventional takes on the big summer trend.

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Frock Star


Meet the beachy version of your LBD. A bright, twirl-worthy dress with nude strappy sandals is ready for a big night out.

Dress, The Limited, $80. Bracelet, 7 Charming Sisters, $14. Earrings, R.J. Graziano, $30.

Beauty Note: Put the spotlight on glowing skin with a body lotion that imparts subtle sheen, like Olay Quench Body Lotion Shimmer.

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(Jump) Suit Up


A nautical one-piece is flattering and fun thanks to skinny verticals and a waist- defining obi belt.

Jumpsuit, ShopSosie, $48. Shoes, Fergie, $70. Belt, White House Black Market, $64. Necklace, 7 Charming Sisters, $30.

Beauty Note: For perfectly undone waves, add R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray to damp hair and scrunch gently.

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Mix Master


Stripes of varying widths—in the same color family—make shorts and a tee feel fresh.

Top, Bobeau Collection, $54. Shorts, Loft, $59.50. Necklace, Lotus Jewelry Studio, $105. Watch, Xhilaration, $17.

Beauty Note: Groomed brows and a pink lip stain are all you need to complete this casual look. Try Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara and Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in HD Love.

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Business Casual


Give your work wardrobe a chic update with a sleek pencil skirt in muted pastels plus a tucked-in chambray shirt.

Top, Stylus, $44. Skirt, available at T.J. Maxx, $80. Shoes, CL by Laundry, $50. Belt, Merona, $25. Necklace, Silpada, $99. Bracelet, BauXo, $46. Earrings, Spartina 449, $18.

Beauty Note: Keep makeup for the office soft and sophisticated with peach blush and a pinkish nude lipcolor. We love L'Oréal Paris Visible Lift Color Lift Blush in Nude Lift and Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen in Game Set & Matte.

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Block Party


Here's a slimming secret: Pale stripes between bolder hues visually minimize a large chest or wide waist.

Top, Ann Taylor, $69.50. Jeans, Karen Kane, $118. Necklace, Morning Lavender, $27. Earrings, Morning Lavender, $13.

Beauty Note: Swap your basic ponytail for a loose, tousled style. Tease hair gently at roots and part in the middle. On one side, roll the front section of hair away from face, adding bobby pins as you go. Repeat on the other side and secure.

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Straight & Narrow


A double dose of stripes is modern and crisp, thanks to breezy silhouettes.

Top, White House Black Market, $98. Pants, Zara, $50. Bracelet, Lotus Jewelry Studio, $70. Earrings, BaubleBar, $32. Ring, 7 Charming Sisters, $17.

Beauty Note: Nail your summer mani with a fun and flattering baby blue shade. A few favorites: Essie Bikini So Teeny, OPI Nail Lacquer in It's A Boy, Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Forget-Me-Not.