A whole bunch of striped tees

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alt striped tee
Am I the only one who already owns too many striped tees, but is always on the lookout for more? They are the most addictive of garments, and can skew preppy or Euro or even punk rock depending on how you wear them. I like them paired with a snappy blazer, like Mme. Emmanuelle Alt is doing here, but there are so many ways to wear them this time of year: with jeans or dressed up with skinny black pants or a skirt; mixed with other prints or all on their own.

dawn tee

The colors here are so excellently new wave.

splendid tee

Just a good basic V-neck.

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The flare sleeve here brings a dose of femininity to the party.

boy stripe tee

Yes, this r13 tee is on the spendy side, but it is fabricated with 5% cashmere, which makes it impossibly soft. I lucked into this tee on sale a few years ago and it just gets better. Here is a cheaper option if you’re interested.

chevron stripe

Chevron stripes count as stripes, right?

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A very French girl choice, in graphic red and white.

peter brady

This is so Peter Brady, in a really good way.

levis tee

Red and blue always pops so satisfyingly.

wilt tee

I like the combination of stripe widths here.

contrast stripe

I am a sucker for a contrasting stripe.

apc tee

The sleeve length on this choice from APC is really chic.

rolla’s tee

Another kind of retroish option.

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A really fun—and even versatile— color combination.

Friday links

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simpson collage

  • These collages by artist Lorna Simpson are pretty spectacular. (Colossal)
  • Sephora will soon offer makeup classes for the transgender community. (Elle)
  • Creepy-cool vintage covers of classic crime novels. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Check out this butter art made by Tibetan Buddhists. (Atlas Obscura)
  • RIP Philip Roth, one of my favorite writers. Here are 20 of his books, ranked. (Vulture)

Join me in my annual search for a reasonably clean-lined skirt

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vince skirt

I don’t know when exactly it got so hard to locate a simple, unadorned skirt, but I feel like it’s been quite some time and I am frankly growing quite frustrated with the search. Why must designers add so much unnecessary frippery—ruffles, hi-lo hems, tricky belting—to this most straightforward of garments? I did manage to find enough good ones to bring you this post,  but I had to look at so many bad ones in order to do so that I’m feeling a little dizzy. So please, enjoy this very pretty front-twisted number from Vince while I go drink a nice big glass of water.

bing skirt

A straightforward, nicely flowy silk number from Anine Bing.

micro skirt

I haven’t included a lot of prints here—I really do like my skirts nice and simple, maybe even borderline boring—but the floral here is so subtle I decided it cleared the bar.

theory skirt

This Theory skirt is almost too tricky, but I think if you wore it with a simple white tee, it’d be aces.

fisher skirt

The shirttail hem here is a nice casual touch.

whistles skirt

I am not mad for wrap skirts—I live in fear that a big gust of wind will expose me to the world as I walk down the street—but I’d make an exception for this one.

 

nic skirt

True A-line denim skirts are tough to find, and this one is a touch flowier than that, but I could see living out all of my summer days in this.

whistles skirt1

I always like a button-front skirt.

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And here’s another button-front, nicely priced.

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It drives me crazy how few denim skirts have grown-up hemlines, so when I find a good one—like this—I feel it is my duty to share.

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