Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Long, Lean Lines of Summer











































For those of us who are horizontally challenged, things are looking up, up, up. Or more precisely trends are up and down as in vertical stripes, which as we all know are supposed to make one appear, by some miracle of  trompe- l'oeil, taller and thinner






















Whatever works I always say. Whether you're going for longer or leaner -- or both -- designers have graciously provided several possibilities for spring and summer. The beige stripes above are from Bottega Veneta, the bleached-out blue from Etro.

If you don't wish to fork over the funds for these high-ticket items because you're economizing for some major fashion statement item or a refrigerator for example, there's always the striped pajama bottom route for summer. 

Seriously, if you shop carefully, i.e. people on the street don't whip around and say "omg she's escaped from the ward,"  and cover the waist area properly you can pull this off.  Think French, be brave. Besides, Dolce & Gabbana did actual full-on pajama ensembles for the season. I find them a little weird, but who's asking.




































Compromise: But in my opinion seersucker is never a compromise. It combines vertical stripes, tradition, elegance and an all-American-house-in-the-Hamptons freshness that is ever and always perfect for steamy summer days and nights. (The cuffed -- very important detail on the chicness scale -- trousers, and nipped at the waist jacket are from J.Crew. I suggest you jump on these before Michelle Obama spies them otherwise they'll be sold out before you can type the "J." into your computer.)

4 comments:

knitpurl said...

Love them all. Hooray for the long, vertical line. My new mantra: "think French, be brave...Compromise." J. Crew is my next stop. For us knitters -- Marsi, you courageous person, I have not attempted a sock. Love Cookie A.'s but working with a cable needle on a tote has been challenging enough, can't imagine 4-5 dbl ptd's at once. The yarn is so-o-o beautiful. Tish, go for it. I like circulars because there's no needle to drop. I suggest chunky yarn, gorgeous color, large needles, Marsi?

Drea said...

Here's a secret... Those seersucker pants: Old Navy. $20. Noooobody needs to know....

tish jett said...

Oooooh, thanks for the tip. I LOVE seersucker.

tish jett said...

KP, too funny.

Yes, that's exactly it: "Think French, be brave: Compromise." Et voila. Love it.

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