Bikinis have been retired, sandals have been nestled back into under bed bins and aloe vera is being applied at a rate previously thought to be impossible. That’s right, spring break is officially over. While I am pained by the end of such a wonderfully relaxing week, I am thrilled to share with you the exciting closet inspiration I picked up during my week in the Bahamas. Pull out those nautically-inspired tops and dresses Fashionistas and Fashionistos, this week is all about stylish stripes!

Stripes often get the short end of the fashion stick; with magazines claiming everything from “horizontal stripes widen your frame” to “verticals stripes distract from your true shape,” it’s easy to throw your hands in the air and avoid this adorable (and flattering) pattern all together. Fear not; when worn properly this sassy print can add engaging visual interest to an everyday outfit and elongate your frame. I was repeatedly impressed by the island Fashionistas I encountered last week rocking everything from striped sarongs to striped, straw fedoras. The secret I discovered? Stripes are all about choosing the appropriate stripe width for your body type. A good rule to stick with is looking for lines about the thickness of your thumb (these flatter nearly every figure) and stick to neutral color pairings such as navy and white.

This week’s Fashionista makes wearing bold stripes look effortlessly chic. Her bright, multi-colored top draws the eye right up to her face and perfectly expresses her bubbly, stylish disposition. Mid-wash, fitted denim (do we understand the importance of owning this closet staple yet?) elongate her legs and give her body a sleek silhouette  Tan, knee-high boots complete her stylish look, promising comfortable classic fashion from the classroom to coffee with girlfriends.

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