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Brian Edward Millett

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Stripes.  They’re a staple of summer, and as far as I’m concerned, stripes are the perfect uniform of the season for men and women.  Wear a striped shirt with white jeans, or find the perfect striped dress and style it with sandals.  Stripes are great indoors too!  Add a striped duvet to your bed, or hang a ticking stripe shower curtain in the bathroom, or go even bolder and roll out a wide-striped rug.  I love stripes year-round, but they feel particularly fresh right now.  I scoured the items at two of my favorite stores for the best striped pieces around, and I found some good ones!  J. Crew has amazing shirts, ties, dresses, and accessories for the whole family, and West Elm has something striped to add to every room in the house.  Summer stripes definitely lean towards the nautical, but they also have a modernity to them when realized in crisp white and grey, and soothing in shades of blue and sea green.  For spring, fashion designer Steven Alan even collaborated with WE to create a home collection composed entirely of stripes.  His bedding is on my list, and he’s another great source for striped summer staples.  I also love his perfectly edited assortment of home goods sourced from great small companies like Faribault Woolen Mill, and other local brands (meaning U.S.A.).  Stripes are classic yet modern, youthful yet steeped in heritage, and should definitely be on your list for summer!

Steven Alan bedding for West Elm

Steven Alan bedding for West Elm

dress from J. Crew

dress from J. Crew

towels from West Elm

towels from West Elm

bath towel by Morihata from Steven Alan

bath towel by Morihata from Steven Alan

men's shirt from J. Crew

men’s shirt from J. Crew

cup by BTW Ceramics from Steven Alan

cup by BTW Ceramics from Steven Alan

rug from West Elm

rug from West Elm

tie from J. Crew

tie from J. Crew

apron by Hedley & Bennett from Steven Alan

apron by Hedley & Bennett from Steven Alan

ironing board covers from West Elm Market

ironing board covers from West Elm Market

shoes from J. Crew

shoe from J. Crew

towels from West Elm Market

towels from West Elm Market

t-shirt from J. Crew

t-shirt from J. Crew

laundry bag from West Elm Market

laundry bag from West Elm Market

men's shirt from J. Crew

men’s shirt from J. Crew

kitchen towel from West Elm Market

kitchen towel from West Elm Market

bowl by BTW Ceramics from Steven Alan

bowl by BTW Ceramics from Steven Alan

shirt from J. Crew

shirt from J. Crew

towels from West Elm Market

towels from West Elm Market

tie from J. Crew

tie from J. Crew

bedding from West Elm

bedding from West Elm

blanket by Faribault Woolen Mills from Steven Alan

blanket by Faribault Woolen Mill from Steven Alan

henley from J. Crew

henley from J. Crew

shower curtain from West Elm Market

shower curtain from West Elm Market

espadrilles from J. Crew

espadrilles from J. Crew

ironing board cover from West Elm Market

ironing board cover from West Elm Market

socks from J. Crew

socks from J. Crew

laundry hamper from West Elm Market

laundry hamper from West Elm Market

sweater and skirt from J. Crew

sweater and skirt from J. Crew

striped sheets from West Elm

striped sheets from West Elm

coated linen tray by Fog Linen Work from Steven Alan

coated linen tray by Fog Linen Work from Steven Alan

jacket and top from J. Crew

jacket and top from J. Crew

painted stripe fabric from West Elm

painted stripe fabric from West Elm

beach bag from J. Crew

beach bag from J. Crew

napkins by Auntie Oti from Steven Alan

napkins by Auntie Oti from Steven Alan

napkins from West Elm

napkins from West Elm

shoes from J. Crew

shoe from J. Crew

beach blankets by Steven Alan

beach blankets by Steven Alan

 

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