I believe we have the French Navy to thank for their contribution of the iconic "Paris Stripe" (or French Stripes). You cannot deny the historic influence when you see a navy blue and white striped shirt; there is something so inherently "French" about it. Mercí! With the current fall boom of military trends, it makes logical sense that bits of Navy pride would pop up around campus – we're talking navy double-breasted jackets with gold buttons, roping used as belts, summer-esque totes, etc. But how can you take such a "beachy" print and make it fall sophisticated? While navy is a quintessential fall color, sometimes the dark blue can get a little blah. A recent trend in Parisian stripes has been in a very coral-muted-red color, which in it's own right is very summer, but can also translate into the rusts and cranberries of a fall colorway.
This Fashionista used the ruddy red Parisian stripes in her class-chic outfit. There's a sense of "French-ness" with her navy cardigan combined with the white and rust striped shirt. One thing I love is how the same earthy warmth is repeated in her worn leather boots that have a very quirky character about them. They are not traditional boots in the sense that you can't see the smaller ankle portion. Instead the boots are a uniform width until after the ankle–something reminiscent of old Civil War attire. Again, the military trumpets are calling out this fall! One very cute and necessary accessory is her scarf, which not only is within a similar "earth-toned color pallet as her boots, skinny jeans and top, but also is a complement color to the rust red we see elsewhere in the look. Check out the red and white stripes next to the muted green scarf photograph and you'll see what I'm saying. Using complementary colors doesn't have to be a loud statement, but can be understated and subtle that adds a whole lot to a look.
Hint:Try if yourself! Here are some cool picks for finding your sailor striped tops. Try this J.Crew top. Want a little variation? This Gap Cowelneck takes the cake! For boots, try looking for ones with a more uniform width, like this pair of Michael Kors rubber boots. And finally, get a load of this amazing scarf from Symmetry! If you've got the cash to blow, this is great accessory to have!