So what's my deal?
Maybe at baseline, I am inherently lazy. But a classic nautical stripe is just easy. Especially when you are traveling in a warm climate. It is unfussy, uncomplicated, and always looks pulled-together. (Okay, provided you aren't wearing a pair of Cheetos-stained sweatpants on the bottom, that is. Some effort is required on your part).
A nautical stripe layers well, and yet if you find yourself stripped-down to that last layer because of the weather, you somehow feel like you are still wearing clothes, as opposed to the vulnerable feeling of stepping-out in your paper-thin layering tee, wondering if the world can read your bra tag or can see your arm fat under its thin, slubbed veneer.
But I think this season, the thing I like best about this tried and true classic is that because of it's simplicity, you can really go bonkers with the color on the bottom part of the look. And oh, do you have choices this season. Though I do admit to still being on the hunt for the perfect pair of fire-engine red trousers this spring (who am I kidding, I will wear them year-round), I have now also added to my trouser-lust-list a pair of acid yellow crops. Here are a few little somethings from my nautical-outfit-lust-list that I hope to be poncing-about in later this spring and well into summer. All from J. Crew, who the Highland Fashionista thinks is one of the leading authorities on clever riffs and high-concept variations on the nautical stripe.
Sequin-Stripe V Neck Sweater $198.00
High-Waisted Pant in Silk Wool $298.00
Schoolboy Blazer in Chambray $158.00
So what'll it be readers? Enable my addiction further by branching-out into the as-yet untapped realm of lemon (and possibly fuchsia) trousers? Or do I go cold turkey? (yeah...right).
Rhetorical questions notwithstanding, I would love to meet others (in the comments) who suffer this, or a similar addiction. We could form a support group.