Nautical-inspired stripes are having an “in” moment – Nina Garcia recently pinned them, if you need proof. I would argue that stripes are very classic, frequently worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy (Photos’ source: This fantastic round-up of stripes in fashion history by Habitually Chic).
I have a penchant for striped garments, myself. My latest purchase was this striped colorblock dress from Gap:
Photo source: The Gap
(The dress also comes in a navy/charcoal stripe.)
Below are eight ways I have styled it, ranging from dressy to casual:
And here’s why I like the nautical-inspired shift dress:
1) Versatility: This dress can be dressed up or down very easily by altering shoes and accessories. This way, I can wear this to work but also running errands or playing with my daughter.
2) Fit: Any shift style dress is straight cut, so it is flattering to a wide variety of shapes. An added benefit of this is that it will likely fit you with some minor fluctuations in weight or on days when you’re feeling a little bloated. If you prefer your garments to have a little more shape, you can always add a fun belt!
3) Longevity: Stripes are classic! You will never look back at photos of yourself wearing stripes and think, “What was I thinking?!”
This particular dress from Gap also impresses me with these characteristics:
4) Fabric: It is a heavier knit, which I think works well for our current fall season but is something one could wear in winter and spring as well.
5) Machine washable: Do I need to explain this on a mom blog?!
6) Cost: At regular price of $64.95, this would be considered “high end” on my budget. However, I purchased this with a coupon code (you can too…see my note below!) and received free shipping.
7) Availability: You can purchase online – time saver.
8) Sizing: I am on the tall end, so the fact that this dress had tall sizing was a huge selling point for me. It is available in Petite/Regular/Tall sizes to accommodate a wide variety of body shapes. I also think the length of this dress is good for a variety of activities: it is not so short that leggings would always be required.
9) Colorblock: The red colorblock (another current trend) adds a little “something something.”
Here are ten more variations on the striped-dress theme for your consideration:
- Ruched Long Sleeve Jersey via Old Navy, $19.99
- Mossimo Belted Sweater Dress via Target, $20 on sale
- Colorblock Jersey Dress via Old Navy, $24.99 (VERY similar to my dress above)
- Tommy Hilfiger Kane Dress via Macy’s, $41.74 on sale
- Nautical Shift via Gap, $47.99 on sale
- Striped T-shirt Dress via Banana Republic, $49.50 on sale
- Striped Side-Panel Sweater Dress via Ann Taylor, $98
- Eliza J Contrast Trim via Nordstrom, $98
- French Connection Bambi Knits Dress via Nordstrom, $98
- Striped Sweater Dress via Banana Republic, $110
Can’t wait to get your hands on one of these striped dresses? Reader, you are in luck as six of the dresses featured in this post are on sale!
TODAY ONLY, get 25% off your Gap online purchase with the coupon code GAPEARLY. If you have a Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic credit card, you can get 30% off online purchases until Wednesday, 10/24, with the coupon code STUFFSAVE.
What do you think? Can you envision the striped shift dress as a staple of your fall wardrobe?
P.S. — I did not receive any compensation from The Gap or any of the other stores featured in this post. All views and opinions represented in this post are entirely my own.