It's been weeks since I've talked about the ubiquitous mariniere, which according to my sources, is not only everywhere on the streets of France but also throughout the world. And I realize I made a promise to not talk about them ever again. So I'm not.
This is a lead in to an alternative: vertical stripes! Yes, for all of those who thought the sailor T-shirt was sort of appealing, but hesitated because of the optical illusion created by the direction of its stripes, now is the time to think vertical.
Indeed, vertical is the New Way to go (I made this up, but I believe it) and if you're lucky you might be able to go right into a man's closet in your house and swipe one without having to get dressed and go shopping.
They look fresh, crisp and they are not the white shirt you are almost as sick of having me rave on about as the above mentioned tee. The blue and white stripes don't have the possibilities of the white shirt, but they look so snappy in the summer. At the top from the Raf Collection and below, the Gap.
It's your call whether you want to find one cut for a woman's body or go the boyfriend route.
See what I stumbled across, the perfect finish to your vertical stripes -- horizontal stripes on your espadrilles to echo the theme. Just add jeans or white linen trousers and you are ready to go. (And why not bermudas if you have what it takes to wear them? You know what I'm talking about, and it's not age.)
Is this exciting or what? I've got you all dressed and ready to go. Just add creoles.
The espadrilles are from Maurice et Moi.
Ed. Note: Let's not puh-leese even think about the notion of horizontal stripes making a foot appear wider. OK. Merci par avance.
Oh yes, another thing: Do not, repeat, do not even consider adding red to your blues and whites. The national holidays are over and you should have gotten over that bleu, blanc, rouge/red, white and blue urge long, long ago. Enough said. We don't do cute.