navy stripes

I’m coming up with a new personal slogan…. WIDWNS… or more commonly said… When In Doubt Wear Navy Stripes.
Who wants to join my club?
I mean, seriously, does it get any more summery than a clean, crisp navy stripe? Nope. Navy stripes are so versatile. They work for swim suits, tops, shorts, dress, skirts… and shoes. When a print works that well on everything, you know it’s good.
Besides the total nautical feel of a navy stripe, I love that it goes with all sorts of colors. While a basic white tee with striped shorts or white jeans with a striped top works… red, green, yellow, and pink all work too.
J. Crew Nautical Stripe Short | I typically steer away from pleated shorts, but I’m completely in love with the vintage feel of these shorts. It totally reminds me of something Ally from The Notebook would wear! I think it would look extra cute with a tucked in tank top and a red sweater… and nautical wedge espadrilles!
Topshop Stripe Bow Back Vest | Ummmm…. obsessed. I have had my eye on this little top for a while now. I’m not sure how much longer I can resist! I think the looser top would be perfect with white skinny jeans and basic sandals. It’s definitely one of those tops that can be worn over a bathing suit at the pool OR out to summer dinner with friends.
Anthropologie Bathing Suit | I have a navy striped bikini that I absolutely love. This one piece is pretty stinkin’ cute too. Navy striped bikinis are one of those staple bathing suits. Definitely a timeless look.
Soludos & J. Crew Ballet Flats | If you have a solid colored dress, a little nautical striped flat is perfect. The Soludos espadrilles also look great paired with casual beachy outfits. 
J. Crew Pleated Skirt | A little fancier, but still super cute! The skirt would look great with gold accessories. Wouldn’t gold wedges and starfish jewelry be so cute???
J. Crew Villa Dress | No thinking required. Throw on and go!!!
Over the next week, I want to see your favorite navy striped outfits!!!! Tweet & Instagram how you wear navy stripes. Be sure to include my handle (@collegeprepster) so I can see it and use #CPnavystripes! I’m so excited to see what you come up with!

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Sign me up for WIDWNS! I love stripes, especially navy and white. My favorite piece is a striped sweater with navy elbow patches.



I absolutely adore stripes and especially those of the navy kind. I am swooning over that Anthro suit.


Love navy and white stripes! I'll be stalking my UPS guy this afternoon since he should be dropping off a box full of navy/white stripes from J Crew 🙂
That bathing suit is darling, and I love the dress.


I love that J.Crew pleated skirt! BUT I kept seeing that bow back top from Topshop too and I finally got to try it on at the Topshop in Moscow and it was really short! The back is super cute but the top is cut to show your stomach, just a heads up! I said… nooo thank you!



I am obsessed with navy stripes! Whenever I see them, I simply cannot resist!! This is my favorite post that you have ever done : )

Julia D.

Absolutely love these picks. Particularly the Topshop stripe bow back vest and Soludos/J. Crew ballet flats. Um, need.