Stripes: No longer relegated to sports or prepsters, the fashion set has claimed them for our own. And trust we have really run with them. This season, almost every major designer has gone stripe-happy, but I can say with confidence that none have done it as well as Gucci. Can I just say Gucci, Gucci, Gucci is all I dream about? Every. Single. Day. Never would I ever think that stripes, chains, and bows could be so well-executed. But here they are, along with my other favorite stripes of the season!
1. Gucci Embroidered Riche Stripe Shoulder Bag: Hand-embroidered floral appliqués feel shockingly effortless on big, bold, almost-patriotic stripes. At Neiman Marcus for $3,800.
3. Gucci Sylvie Grosgrain-Striped Shoulder Bag: Prim and proper yet not at all prim and proper: Gucci is getting it so right, I can hardly take it. Available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $2,490 (expect shipping by May 9th).
4. Prada Baiadera Arcade-Stripe Frame Satchel Bag: If you didn’t think stripes could be neutral, mild, and highly-sophisticated, Prada just proved you wrong. Available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $3,200 (expect shipping by April 7th).
5. Prada Calf Baiadera Small Hinge-Frame Bag: All it takes is a single slim line in black calf leather to take this from colorblocked top handle to a bag as beautifully striped as it is structured. Available for pre-order at Bergdorf Goodman for $3,180 (expect shipping by March 31st).
6. Prada Leather Baiadera Striped Tote Bag: Or go for a more casual variation in a punchier palette. Either way, Prada’s new Baiadera collection will get you in line, stat. Available for pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $1,990 (expect shipping by April 7th).
7. Proenza Schouler Shibori Canvas Shoulder Bag: If insouciance is your jam, take your stripes in the form of tie-dyed canvas, and count on this bag to take you all the way through the summer. On MATCHESFASHION.com for $985.
8. Mary Katrantzou Rainbow-Stripes Acrylic Box Clutch: This just might be the sleekest take on the rainbow-striped bag I have ever seen. On MATCHESFASHION.com for $1,353.
9. Fendi Baguette Micro Double-Sided Embellished Snake Bag: Leave it to Fendi to present the boldest bag of the bunch. These aren’t just snakeskin stripes; they’re exotic stripes adorned with kooky flowers of dyed mink. Available for pre-order at Bergdorf Goodman for $3,180 (expect shipping by April 4th).