Find pieces with interesting details. What sold me on this striped top was the chambray cuff detail. It gives the top more pizzazz and thus more versatility than your basic tee.
Stripes are the easiest pattern to mix with (in my opinion) so I added the navy, floral scarf. The large swath of solid navy in the scarf helps tone down the patterns and the hint of pink in the scarf (see right) gives the perfect excuse to add in a belt!
Pair this ensemble with denim and boots for your new go-to day look. If you live in a colder climate, try layering a basic long sleeve tee underneath the striped top for added warmth.
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What's the best part of the winter doldrums? Nautical themed resort wear is back in fashion. Even if (or rather, especially if) you are stuck in cold weather for January and February, you can still rock a vacation worthy look. These pieces add a bit of brightness to your winter taupes and greys and will be very wearable through spring.
I love a bold stripe for my casual wear; navy is always a classic choice, but there are also some great reds, yellows, and oranges out right now.
If you are feeling bold, try pairing your stripe with a more heavily patterned scarf. The key is to minimize the number of colors in the outfit so it still feels thoughtful and focused. Three colors is usually a safe bet- only two can feel boring and heavy and four or more has the potential to be chaotic. If in doubt, try on the outfit in front of full length mirror and go with your gut.
Looking for more subdued blues? Try layering different shades of the same color for subtle flair: