to shop / marinière & stripes

While I love lace, polka dots, and marinière stripes, my love for the former two are waning. I think stripes are the most versatile print of the three. I think I’m far from getting sick of stripes — I picked up five striped tops in Paris! Each interpretation was so unique. Look how cheerful a striped tee makes an outfit.

Image source: Petit Bateau Facebook page

Here’s a compilation of some striped tops and dresses I’ve come across recently, in addition to Petit Bateau.

Image source: Respective retailer websites

  1. Land’s End Canvas Women’s Striped Sailor Tunic ($15, originally $39.50). This is a great striped piece. Size down as always for LE, but true to size for those with hips. It is a weighted mariniere and tailored, but not too fitted.
  2. Saint James Meriden II Tee ($85). I never tried on this Saint James style but, I think it’s too boxy for me. I’m not going for Gwyneth’s look here. If you have enough time and patience, get this with a % off full-price item code from J.Crew or Madewell. J.Crew also carries this style for children and that may work for some. It is noticeably cheaper.
  3. Petit Bateau Milleraies Modified Boatneck Tee (25,60 €). As mentioned in a prior post. This top’s weight is a sharp contrast from the Land’s End top – it is lightweight, washes well, and has very thin stripes.
  4. Massimo Dutti Striped T-shirt with Canvas Piping (no longer available). I was wandering around the Madeleine location of Massimo Dutti — the largest of the 3 MD’s in Paris and the only one with a children’s department — and found this in the girls’ department. I like the colors and piping. Massimo Dutti is rumored to open on Fifth Avenue in NYC in 2012. I hope it’s true! One of my biggest fashion regrets is a navy boucle coat with black piping from Massimo Dutti in Florence in October 2006! Some of their recent collections have been questionable, but I think they’re finally making a turn for the better.
  5. Gap Striped Ponte Dress ($59.95). I haven’t seen this one in person yet, but it sounds similar to 1. in weight. Please don’t pay retail for this.
  6. COS Striped 3/4 sleeved top (29 €). I haven’t had time to write about the opening of COS’ online store yet. It happened some time in September. COS is one of my favorite stores in the world. They are owned by H&M and follows a simple, minimalist style. It takes me forever to go through a COS store. I had to come to terms with only getting through half of Rue des Rosiers store (which is the original and biggest in Paris) and not going back. I just didn’t have enough time. I found this gold striped top and another thick black/navy striped top (not pictured) during my short visit.
  7. Gap Striped Button Boatneck T ($24.95). I’ve gotten tons of wear out of the last striped boatneck tee I got from Gap, but haven’t found anything good since. This T is pretty long (even in petite sizing), the sleeves are long (I have “petite” arms so usually 3/4 sleeves work better), and the material is too soft/unstructured. If that’s what you’re looking for, check it out!
  8. Petit Bateau marinière ($67.20, originally $84). People often complain that Saint James and Petit Bateau are both too expensive, but consider the cost per wear. I’ve already worn my PB boatneck tee above an insane amount of times. It goes with jeans, under a suit, with a skirt, etc.
  9. Forever 21 Striped A-Line Dress (no longer available). I check Forever 21 a few times a week and based on my year-to-date spending there (thanks American Express), I need to cut back. I’ve gotten smarter at reading fabric content and fit. This dress reminded me of Marimekko. It is super comfy too and a conservative length unless most of F21’s dresses.

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