Beyond the Boat

From beach gear to home accessories, stripes are delivering a bright and bold intro to summer

  • The Skirt: Whether your style leans preppy or
    romantic, Minneapolis designer Anne Cramer’s Flynn Skirt is the defining piece this spring. Also available in moss green, navy, and black. Skirt ($160), by Anne Cramer, from Melly,
  • Nod to Nautical: When dressing for the pool, a
    classic striped string bikini never goes out of style. Bikini ($46 top, $44 bottom), from J. Crew, five metro locations, including MOA, 952-814-7419,
  • Toting the Trend: The canvas tote gets dressed up
    in sequined stripes, making it easy to look good running errands. Sequined tote, ($175), by MZ Wallace, from StyledLife, Galleria, 952-928-8888,
  • Fit To Be Tied: A scarf is an effortless and
    flattering way to incorporate stripes into your wardrobe. The mix of stripes and solids is especially modern. Scarf ($25), by Coco, from Hot Mama, six metro locations,
  • Step On It: Stripes in warm colors take your home
    in a summery direction, whether it’s an entry mat, runner, or area rug. Woven cotton rugs, ($30 to $414), by Dash & Albert, from EuroNest, 5700 W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-929-2927,
  • Light Bright: Exotic ikat-style stripes illuminate
    a dim corner. Constantinople chandelier ($4,800), from Anthropologie, three metro locations, including The Shops at West End, 763-544-2053
  • Red, White, No Need to Be Blue: Soft edges give
    stripes an unexpected, fresh appearance. Sweater ($68), by Wow Couture, also from Hot Mama

Declaring stripes hot this season is a bit like announcing the grass is growing. Still, the summertime staple is making a big impression both at home and in fashion. Stripes are bold, candy colored, and sometimes even a bit abstract. No, these are not the yachtswoman’s stripes, though she’ll want to wear them, too.