Nautical pieces were everywhere this spring and summer, and I think that will translate into cozy fisherman and cable sweaters this winter. But what of the stripe? Given the multitude of striped dresses, tops and accessories that swept the nation for the past couple of seasons, we’d muddle through the cold wintry days undergoing major withdrawal without them. The remedy to this is strategic striping. Small stripes on edges of structured jackets or bold swathes of dark on dark stripes. Witness this Eva Franco number:
If I wore this dress, I would burst into every room and then do this. Personally, I probably would not go for the glasses, but I like the Mad Hatter quality it lends to the pose. And of course, I love gloves and usually wear driving gloves when driving; that’s another post. I can imagine this get-up being apropos if you were late to your photo shoot for the Candy Striper Historic Association’s annual convention and, in a mad rush from your high tea, you drive frantically to the Holiday Inn where it’s being held, burst onto the scene, do this one shot and DONE.
But seriously, I love this dress. There is a less expensive stripey dress on Modcloth that might give you your fix, but it would be impossible to act out this photo shoot in it because the skirt is straight. But you could add a cape, I guess. I’m no cape specialist, but I’m sure www.manrepeller.com could dream up the perfect one.