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Stripes: Here, there, everywhere

Love stripes? Saturday could be your day. Last year J.Crew named March 31 National Stripes Day. Sure, the retailer made up the holiday – stripes are very big at J.Crew (including on earrings and frames on sunglasses) – but, then again, who needs a special day to cheer all things striped?

This is especially true this time of year when stripes celebrate spring any day you choose to wear them.

Whether you prefer awning stripes or pinstripes, Breton or colorful candy stripes, there’s never a shortage of stripes come warm weather.

Vertical stripes ended up on top trends lists for spring 2018; some designers showed them practically head to toe on the fashion runways. But you will find horizontal and diagonal stripes as well, often in a mix of band widths.

I like to see stripes on more things than tees, totes and other clothing and fashion accessories. They always look sharp on accent pillows, flower vases, shower curtains, beach towels, even on dinnerware and serving pieces.

I’ve also noticed that stripes are sometimes found on the endpaper (the pasted down and loose sheet) at the beginning and end of a hardcover book, both new and old titles. One book, “Kate Spade New York: Thing We Love” (Abrams), opens to black and white stripes. A decorating book I have that dates back to 1962 also has them, in a now-faded beige and cream combo.

Its author, the late New York society decorator Michael Greer – who disapproved of colored candles, cuckoo clocks and too many flowers in a room (and let readers know it) – had a soft spot for stripes.

Here’s what he wrote: “Stripes almost can’t help but look fresh and crisp and tailored ...” And this: “Stripes – like Mozart quintets – improve almost any situation.”

You don’t need a special day to acknowledge that.

*Read Susan Martin's column from last week, below:

Spring things: Daffodils, forsythia wreaths, gingham checks


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