Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

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Belle by laurelle summer stripes outfit of the day summer style

Summer Stripes.  They look sooo good when done well!  But stripes in general in fashion are one of those things that tend to look horribly bad when not done well; there’s usually not much in-between.  Since I have a few favorite striped pieces that have been on rotation this summer that I’m really loving wearing, today I’m sharing some things I keep in mind when picking out striped pieces and styling them that will help you end up looking stylish and confident!

Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

Size of Stripes

This is probably the most important!  I find for summer, very small, or small mixed with very small stripes (like on my cami in this post) are best for tops!  Medium-small stripes can work for more substantial pieces like blazers or dusters, possibly jumpsuits.  Avoid medium to large sized stripes, unless the stripes are huge and have more of a colorblock effect (e.g. they take up 1/3 of the piece), and even then, these huge color block stripes mostly only work for sweaters.


I find that summer stripes tend to look best when a linen or cotton material.  Loose and flowy is comfortable for summer, and materials like that give a more casual vibe for summer.  Silky or shiny materials tend to be more dressy, and stripes really aren’t dressy.  Leave the silky materials for solid colors.


Since stripes are already pretty loud, unless extremely small, I tend to prefer neutrals and warm muted colors, like burnt orange, pale yellow, and olive.  Crisp baby blue also often looks good, but usually only with very small stripes.  I’m also really fond of black and white, hence what drew me to this cami!

No Fuss

Again, since stripes are already busy/loud, I tend to choose pieces that aren’t fussy and frilly.  Once in a while a little but of ruffle can compliment, but for the most part I avoid combining stripes with things like ruffles and lace.  They tend to work better with clean lines, flowy silhouettes (although I have seen a few gorgeous body con striped pieces!), and masculine elements like collars and cuffs.  I also prefer to pair them with simple, neutral, and often solid-colored pieces to avoid too much going on!  If I want something else that’s interesting in the outfit, I try to make it an accessory.

Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

I hope this helps you guys when shopping or styling all of your summer stripes!  I linked some great striped pieces below, some of which are on sale and/or part of the Nordstrom Sale.  Happy shopping!!




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Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

Summer Style | Stripes and How to Style Them

summer style belle by laurelle stripes fashion blogger philadelphia

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  • Lisa Autumn
    July 19, 2018

    Love that cute cami girl!

    x Lisa |

  • Candace
    July 21, 2018

    Stripes are my absolute favorite! They are always in style, the match with almost everything and is so versatile. I loved your outfit!! The bag is really cute too. I need it lol


  • Tandya
    July 24, 2018

    Stripes are one of my favorite prints! My wardrobe is filled with them! I actually noticed that the majority of my striped items are light colored and they are all linen and cotton. I also steer away from horizontal stripes, unless it’s on a sweater.


  • Sheree
    July 24, 2018

    Stripes truly are one of the best prints, can be worn so many different ways and with many different outfits, I really like this top perfect for summer!

    ~xo Sheree

  • Jen
    July 25, 2018

    I totally agree with you! Small stripes are the best! You look so cute in your YSL pumps and matching tote. I absolutely love your cool summer look and your tips about stripes. I want that top!

  • Aurela lacaj
    July 25, 2018

    Stripes are one essential that I wear all the year around. Safe to say that I am a stripe addict. You look beautiful in this outfit, love the combo and that bag!

    Aurela x

  • Eliza
    July 26, 2018

    OMG I love stripes and monochromatic looks, and you styled this outfit so well! Simply love it! And this bag – awww this is the most gorgeous piece ever! Now I want it so badly!

    Cheers, Eliza |

  • Jessie
    July 27, 2018

    Love that cami top babe! It’s so chic!!! Cami tops are my go to outfits for causal outings. It’s so breathable and it can be quite stylish too! Love the stripes of this top! It’s so gorgeous ! Love that bag too! Totally want one!

    Xx Jessie

  • Darya
    July 30, 2018

    Hi dear,

    I absolutely love things with sipes, but I’m always confused how to style them.
    Thank you for such an inspiring post!


  • Erica Luczakowsky
    August 1, 2018

    You are working those stripes, babe!

    I totally agree that stripes can be a hit or miss… and more often than not- a miss. I love the muted tones in this look, and the way you complimented the look with bold YSL bag!


  • Nidhi
    August 7, 2018

    I am really liked the stripped cami trend, especially when it is rainbow colored

  • Anthony Greig
    August 9, 2018

    That is a fabulous outfit! My wife is always looking for Summer inspirations and she loves your style!

  • Gloria Luongo
    August 9, 2018

    I love the way the stripe top works with the outfit. As you said. It’s very hard to pull this off. You either do it right or it’s pretty much a dissaster.

  • margaret caudill
    August 9, 2018

    Really love stripes The cami you’re wearing is great Black and white some of my favorite colors for stripes

  • David McCormick
    August 19, 2018

    I wish every day were the perfect summer day! 70s during the day, 50s at night!

  • Denise Low
    August 19, 2018

    Thank you for sharing. You look very cute in that outfit.