Stripes, and the nautical motifs they conjure up, are ever present on spring runways. Who doesn't want to don the Breton stripes and feel a salty gust of wind or splash of ocean water?
Also this year, the fashion world finally stepped away from neutrals and grabbed onto bright, saturated colour! Some designers blended the two worlds, contrasting the stark black and white of nautical stripes with splashes of colour.
From left to right: Moschino Spring 2011 RTW, Moschino Spring 2011 RTW detail, House of Waris earrings, United Bamboo Spring 2011 RTW detail, Blugirl Spring 2011 RTW. From style.com and nymag.com.
A simple way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is through bright accessories. Combine a cotton Breton stripe bateau top with red or green earrings, or weave a peacock blue scarf through your hair.
Red coral, amazonite, green jade, turquoise, honey jade and lapis lazuli are all striking gemstones. Choose large opaque stones, faceted or polished, for earrings and necklaces.