This summer is the perfect time to show your stripes - your summer stripes, that is. We're not just talking nautical ones, either. The summer stripe embodies all that is joyful and right with the season: color, boldness and a playful attitude that is best conveyed by a day- and mood-brightening print.
A striped dress instantly invigorates your look, and is the perfect choice for an effortlessly chic, day- or evening-appropriate outfit. A pair of simple sandals keeps it easy during the day, while fun wedges glam it up at night. This Lilly Pulitzer Nadia stripe dress
($226) is a darling interpretation of the summer stripe at its best. It incorporates vibrant pink and orange "swizzle" stripes together for a fun, carefree look. Here, some more we love:
It's impossible not to be charmed by the jazzy effect of black and white stripes on a flattering, fit-and-flare dress. The result is this delightfully summery White House Black Market sun dress
($158), an effortless party piece that looks great whether you're the guest or the hostess.
Red is appropriate no matter what time of year it is - yep, even summer. This sleeveless Max and Cleo striped poplin dress
($69) proves that so well! The stripes fall vertically, yet several horizontal bands break up the pattern on the skirt for a unique interpretation of the classic look. This is a beauty you can wear to the office or a dinner date without a second thought. Just toss on a light cardigan or blazer during the day, then swap for a few glitzy accessories at night.
Long, lean stripes make this Lacoste poplin striped dress
($150) an incredibly flattering option. With its tunic-like silhouette and easy, throw-it-on-and-go vibe, it's perfect for everything from sunny outdoor soirees to casual evening dates to impromptu coffee shop powwows with the girls. Wear them with flip flops or wedges for the ultimate in pretty, warm weather casual-chic.
Can't decide on your favorite color? Who needs one when there are hundreds out there? This Muse cap-sleeve striped dress
($95) incorporates so many that we almost don't know where to start. The babydoll style Muse often utilizes is so simple and comfy, too - throw on a pair of colorful wedges and you're all set for the day.
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