Earn Your Stripes

Stripes—a pillar of summer fashion—are back this season in new ways

Stripes—a pillar of summer fashion—are back this season in new ways. Designers injected fresh energy with flirty ruching, voluminous details, ombre hues, and more, turning the ubiquitous sunny days’ staple into something you can’t help but look at twice. And while we’ve featured blue-and-white varieties here, you’ll find stripes in every color, every beautiful size, and going in every imaginable direction—all while maintaining the print’s cool, crisp vibe that fits right in for summer. Buy a piece for every warm day of the season—there’s day, night, and office options—and you’ll never get bored.

Entro Mafia top in pinstripe, $69, Anaphora in Prairiefire

Soft, billowy pleats add airy texture to the sleeves; the wrap at the waist sculpts just the right places. Wear it Flashdance style—one shoulder on, one off.

Veronica Beard ruched shirtdress, $450, Standard Style Boutiques in Town Center Crossing and the Country Club Plaza

Flirty, flattering ruching through the front of the skirt takes this cotton poplin dress from the office to dinner alfresco seamlessly.

Michael Kors espadrilles, $79.90, Bob Jones Shoes in the Crossroads

Get both height and comfort in a wedge, with elevated details like the blue-suede heel and blue-and-white striped ankle-wrap ties.











The Lady & The Sailor tie pant, $230, Clique Boutique in Prairie Village

A tie at the waist adds a flouncy, feminine touch to these easy, breezy pants that are as versatile as lightweight denim.











Milly Eden top, $245, Clique Boutique in Prairie Village

These ombre stripes have a sun-bleached look that’s better than any faded beach chair we’ve seen.











Laurel striped skirt, $345, Halls Kansas City in Crown Center

Wide diagonal stripes and a bead-and-fringe hem make for a playful combination. Pair it with a tee for weekends; a silk tank for evenings.












Samoe navy striped tote, $97, Bob Jones Shoes in the Crossroads

The adjustable strap—it transitions from handbag to shoulder bag and back—will bring you as much joy as the stripes themselves.











ED by Ellen DeGeneres Shiri slide sandals, $89, Halls Kansas City in Crown Center

If there were essential knots for summer, the ones atop these sandals would be among them. They’re perfect for logging nautical (or statute) miles this summer.





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