Get striped without sabotaging your figure -- or bank account
Specifically, it's all about the mariniere -- better known stateside as the basic striped boatneck top that once graced the frames of Hepburn and Chanel and continues to dominate catwalks today. Thanks to a battleship's worth of nautical looks at the Paris shows, a retail explosion of stripes is on the horizon.
Which is all well and good if you're reed-thin and don't mind the illusionary pounds rings all around can add to your silhouette. But if you're not: here are a few ways to stripe it up without filling out (and, of course, without breaking the bank).
Get yourself a mariniere.
It may seem counterintuitive, but these all-striped classic tops are actually very flattering. The boatneck draws attention to the neck and shoulders and the three-quarter length sleeves found on many play up your wrists -- basically, your skinniest parts are exposed and everything else is covered up. Try this essential shirt from Forever 21 ($11.50).
Pick a dress -- but steer clear of dangerous waters.
Striped dresses are uniformly adorable -- but some, when you get them on, are ruthless figure saboteurs. If a dress is tight, slinky and also striped, back away immediately. Instead, go for frocks with more comfortable shapes -- like this empire-waisted number from Old Navy ($15) -- or ones that isolate stripes to above the waistline, like this mixed-media dress from Alloy ($19.99).
Free yourself from figure worries altogether by choosing accessories in bands of black and white. Such as: Urban Outfitters' ridiculously cheap slip-on sneaks ($16 or 2 for $30), Torrid's irresistible sunglasses ($15) or this Pink Studio clutch (around $22). Just don't wear them all at once -- we can't be held responsible for your friends developing vertigo.