In the meantime, layers aside, I have to say I always love to introduce stripes into my wardrobe as the weather warms up. There is something so classic, so cool, so optimistic about the stripe. It can take on a nautical feel, a Parisian girl look, an update your closet needs as desperately as new white tees every year.
I know that the striped shirts are a must, but lets get to those in a minute. I want to talk striped skirt here, and I know those words can invoke nearly as much fear as "swim suit", especially among those with a curvier figure. Be brave and adventurous my friend, and go beyond the t-shirt with a fun skirt. The 10 Crosby Derek Lam Striped Pencil Skirt is an incredibly cool way to do the 8 to 5 day, and I would pair the Raquel Allegra Pencil Tie Dye Skirt with a beautiful square cut blouse to offset the fit of the skirt. And this one by Nanette Lepore is my favorite--its perfection, especially with the open back top. For a more casual look, you can find beach maxi skirts, flirty minis, and casual circle skirts in vertical and horizontals. This Free People Rugby Column Skirt is exactly what I am talking about. It rocks.
This C&C California top has a 3/4 sleeve and a cool cutout at the shoulder and looked great paired with my red suede wedges and cropped denim at the first summer soiree I attended last week. You could also dress it down with a pair of shorts for a daytime look. Zadig and Voltaire do it right with their knits--this Striped Boxy T-Shirt is spot on with its modern cut. And what kind of Parisian girl wannabe would I be without speaking of Petit Bateau and their fantastic t-shirt collection and its cult like following. They are the gold standard for fit & fabric...the Boatneck Milleraies Tee--need I say more...?