March 20, 2015 - Easy Outfits, Style, Style Challenges, Trend Watch

Spring Essentials: All About the Striped Dress

I’ve got an announcement today about the long-awaited Spring 2015 GYPO Style Challenge!  But first, let’s talk about another spring style essential.  During the month of March, I’ve been doing a series about some of my favorite pieces for spring.  Week one was All About the Trench, week two was All About the Button Down and week three is All About the Striped Dress.

When I did some spring trend-spotting in London and Paris last week, nautical (or maritime) was featured prominently in many spring collections.  Striped dresses were at the center of many of those outfits.

Why the striped dress?  It’s just an incredibly versatile piece.  And did I mention comfortable?  There’s nothing easier to thrown on and look instantly put together.  It works for so many different things.

Styling Options


1.  Dress it Up:  Add heels and a necklace for a classic and glamorous look.

We are in love with how versatile this outfit is. Dress this look up with some heels and jewelry or keep it casual for a night in! #becreative #bringonspring Image Via Sophistifunk

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2.  Dress it Down:  Throw on your favorite pair of sneakers for a comfy, casual look.

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3.  Add a Topper – A denim jacket or military vest makes for the perfect top layer over your striped dress.

Spring / Summer - round neck stripped summer dress + olive green utility vest + brown clutch + golden bracelets

Image via With Love from Cat

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4.  Warm it Up:  This dress works for all seasons.  Just add boots and tights.

Breton stripes teamed with riding boots.....simple and classy

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5.  Scarf it:  Add some interest with a pretty printed scarf.

Long Dress; Denim shirt; Big black bag; Big colored scarf; Sandals; Raybans, hair down Image via Robinette Kelly

Shopping Options




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It’s Your Turn:  How will you be styling your striped dress this spring?  Share your style tips in the comments.

 Spring 2015 GYPO Style Challenge Announcement

If you were inspired by these striped dress outfits, then you’re going to love the Spring 2015 GYPO Style ChallengeRegistration opens next Friday, March 27th.  This challenge will include your spring capsule wardrobe shopping list of the latest trends plus 21 days of mix and match outfits.  It makes looking put together and stylish this spring a no-brainer.  One lucky girl will win a $500 spring wardrobe.  Be sure to sign up for my mailing list so you don’t miss the details!


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  • I am wearing mine on my blog today, love a little stripe dress.


    • Great minds think alike Rachelle! 🙂

  • I have a couple of striped dresses and love them! Thank you for the new style ideas. I think I would like to pick up a striped maxi for spring! Susan

    • Striped dresses are gorgeous. Happy shopping!

  • I have a black and white striped dress I got from Piperlime this time last year, and I wear it all year long! Such a great staple!!!!!

  • Lucille

    I don’t know, I feel like stripes are starting to be on their way out. I’m on stripe-overload in my closet… how much longer can this trend last? It seems like I starting to become the stripes lady! I think I might try to sub in another print on this dress, what do you think?

    • I think you can sub any graphic pattern, Lucille. As long as you follow the color coordination rules. Stripes are definitely here to stay though. They’re a classic!

  • okay, here’s my BIG question – with a prego belly, can I pull off a striped dress without looking like a whale?!

    • LOL, Shaunacey! Yes, you definitely can. Thinner stripes are better than wider. But a comfy striped t-shirt dress is great for pregnancy.

  • Thanks for featuring me! I love this post 🙂

    xo Brie

  • I am in love with stripes! I’m in striped overload… You should see my closet. I’ve found a lot of cute stripes tops, pants and dresses lately at Old Navy (and a cute striped swimsuit at Target)! Love these ideas on different ways to style them. Thanks! 🙂

    • I don’t think a lady can ever have too many stripes, Sharon. 😉

  • Heidi

    Love striped dresses 🙂 I have two regular ones and a maxi already. They were hard to find in a knee, or below the knee length, so I bought them when I saw them. I turned 60 and do not wear mini skirts any more. My favourites are the first dress and the maxi with the denim jacket and red scarf.

  • I have a striped maxi dress that I plan on rocking all spring and summer!! YAY…go me for being “on trend”! HAHAHA Have a great weekend Alison!!

    • Yay! So glad Katie. Can’t wait to see it on your blog!

  • I bought two striped dresses from Target for 7.88 each! I wore them all fall/winter!!

    I think my fave way is with Converse- the total dressed down look 🙂 Love this post!!

    XXOOO ~ Casey

    • That’s a great deal for the striped dresses Casey!

  • Hooray! I’m already hip to a trend for once. I bought one like the Target one a few weeks ago for vacation. Can’t wait to wear it.

    • Great job being on top of the trend!

  • Pat

    I *love* stripes, but this is one trend I’ll skip. With a few extra pounds, I know horizontal lines don’t do me any favors. Vertical stripes in a button down on the other hand – absolutely!

    • Love your style with stripes and a button down! 🙂 Goooorgeous!

  • I love last year’s Spring Challenge and I think it is time to get back on board! Can’t wait!
    And I always love a black and white striped dress! Classic!

    • Can’t wait to have you join again Vanessa!

  • Stripe dresses are cool to wear especially in the spring time! This posts makes me want pull out my two stripe dresses! Thanks for sharing your spring essentials.

  • I love the casual striped dress look. The added vest is a great touch. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

  • Striped dresses are perfect for spring,I love to wear them and these ideas on different ways to style them are great.

  • Serena

    I have VERY fair skin with pink undertones, like Emma Stone, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman. I love your site and your Challenge, but the clothing colors you recommend seem to be for people with tan skin. For example, I don’t look good in white/black stripe, beige, white t-shirts, or pastels. It’s tough to find outfits for the spring and summer months that work for me. Do you have a version of the Challenge for pale white people like me?

    Thank you so much!

    • Serena, we have women of literally every skin tone that do the challenges. You would find inspiration from them in choosing a color palette that works for you. Most women with your coloring choose cool tones and it works well for them as long as you follow the color coordination rules. Looking forward to having you!