Between the Americana-emblazoned clothing sported during this past July 4th holiday, and the onslaught of nautical styles that herald summertime fashion, we’re looking for a fresh way to wear stripes this season.
The classic Breton stripe has been around since the French Navy introduced the look on their uniforms in the 1850s. It earned its true fashion cred when Coco Chanel herself incorporated the stripes into her 1917 collection. Now, stripes have become just the thing to help in achieving that je ne sais quoi, and with the bevy of options available in some of our favorite Manhattan shops, it’s high time to scoop up one of these pieces and make the look your own.
A supple cashmere blend and thick contrasting navy and white stripes makes this sweater a fashionable addition to your weekend wardrobe. The loose-fitting Derek Lam top will look chic over skinny jeans, or toss it on over a tank and shorts to get warm when the sun goes down. $1,190. 12 Crosby Street (Howard/Grand Streets); 212-966-1616; dereklam.com
Seemingly straight from the ’60s (we’re certain Twiggy would adore these), House of Holland’s Peggy sunglasses are retro in the best possible way. Grab these circular shades, and pair them with a wide-brimmed hat, and you’re beachside look is set. $250. 13 Stanton Street (Bowery/Chrystie Street); 212-228-2323; internationalplayground.com
Never one to keep things simple, Alexander Wang’s dolman pullover adds a dose of hip to the normally hum-drum sweater. Here chunky knitted cotton is styled into a crop top, offering just a peekaboo of skin. $450. 103 Grand Street (Mercer/Greene Streets); 212-977-9683; alexanderwang.com
The Monaco scarf by Kate Spade New York encapsulates preppy style with a twist. Made of gauzy viscose, this wrap has dashes of red alongside navy and cream. Stash it in your purse and you’ll be prepared when heading into the deep chill of your air-conditioned office. $128. 454 Broome Street (Mercer/Greene Streets); 212-274-1991; katespade.com
While Isabel Marant may not have exactly invented the French cool girl look, she sure continues to get it just right season after season. Here, her ultra lightweight Vernon cotton trousers are ideal for slipping on over a swimsuit, and feature roomy pockets and a drawstring closure. $300. 469 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-219-2284; isabelmarant.com
The Kate tee by NYC-based designer Demy Lee is exactly the thing we want to reach for on humid city days. The breezy cotton top features a darling curved bottom hem and flattering scoop neck. $78. 230 Elizabeth Street (Houston/Prince Streets); 212-343-7974; stevenalan.com
Consider Sensi Studio’s straw tote your new everything bag. Roomy enough for a picnic? Check. Sturdy handles for toting around SPF and bottles of water. Check. This hand-woven piece is made in Ecuador and features a tie closure at the top. $195. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Long known as a purveyor of the perfect striped tee, A.P.C. has introduced a cheeky addition to its offerings with its Modernist shirt. Made of breathable cotton-and-linen, sport this arty piece when museum-hopping on a hot, Sunday afternoon. $110. 131 Mercer Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-966-9685; apc.fr
Forget the ugly sandal trend currently taking over Manhattan’s city blocks, it is high time to embrace quintessential, stylish summer shoe: the espadrille. Club Monaco’s metallic style mixes a dash of gold with sturdy striped canvas. Ideal to wear when hopping on a Citi Bike or riding along the West Side Highway. $150. 6 West 57th Street (Fifth/Sixth Avenues); 212-459-9863; clubmonaco.com
Per usual, Marc Jacobs hits the mark with his Paradise stripe yarn scarf. Straight from his pre-fall presentation, this piece is crafted from a deliciously soft cotton blend, and will add a touch of fashionable flair to even a simple white tee. $128. 403 Bleecker Street (West 11th/Bank Streets); 212-924-0026; marcjacobs.com