Recently, I visited family and friends in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is a great city filled with great history and great fashion. Boston brings to mind a classic preppy style, because who knows when you’ll take a jaunt down to the cape for a day on the boat, right? Perhaps life is not really that luxurious, but during my time in Boston I saw street style drenched with classic nautical influences. The men wore chambray shirts with the sleeves rolled up and women loved to be seen in sailor stripes.
I found this Fashionista in Copley Square wearing a striped shirtdress and walking flats. Simple ensembles can sometimes be the most striking, and her black and white striped dress is just that. This dress displays Boston’s polished nautical style in a modern fashion.
There are those Fashionistas that claim horizontal stripes to be their worst enemy, but there are a few tricks to turn the skeptics into sailor stripe believers. For example, this Gap dress has some inverted stripes on the top and bottom of the dress, which creates a flattering optical illusion.
Another form of optical illusion can be seen in this dress from J.Crew. Its paneled design allows the horizontal stripes to help you, not hurt. The directions of the stripes appear to alter due to the paneling, which creates a slimming hourglass figure, and who doesn’t want that?
Needless to say, my trip to Boston has already started to influence my own personal style, from cuffed pants to crisp button-ups, I’m returning to Florida in a Boston state of mind.