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Top 5 Seasonal Stripes: Draw the Line

Marni, Louboutin, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, MICHAEL Michael Kors Striped Bags

Some say it’s not officially summer until they’ve hit the beach and jumped in the water. I’m not one of those people. Instead, I believe you simply can’t have summer without a striped bag. Not only are stripes bigger and better than ever this year (thanks largely to Marc Jacobs’ and Michael Kors’ stripe-tastic Spring 2013 collections), they never go out of fashion. Not strictly for seafarers: on land, they instantly translate to effortless style.

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Striped Saffiano-Leather Pouch: Kors is the king of nautical-meets-jet-set glamour, and this pouch-turned-clutch is not only a steal, it’s a must for long Hamptons weekends. On Net-a-Porter for $100.

2. Marc Jacobs Striped Leather Shopper: From the man who started it all this season, candy-cane stripes with a summery spin. Juicy coral and stitched leather is a delightful combo for an oversized city-to-sand tote. On Net-a-Porter for $2,495.

3. Christian Louboutin Padam Tote: Layers of wrapped stripes over clear-pink PVC amount to a seriously sexy effect. This flrty-fun beach tote is hotter than the midday sun. At Christian Louboutin for $1,495.

4. Ralph Lauren Rickie Striped Canvas and Leather Tote: The Rickie bag is an American classic – and so is Ralph Lauren. Nobody does navy-and-cream stripes like him. Bonus patriotic points for the shock of red lining. On Luisa via Roma for $1,340.

5. Marni Woven Raffia Tote Bag: And this is why I love Marni! You can’t help but grin at the sight of bright, bouncy raffia woven to imperfect perfection. At Browns Fashion for $790.



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