On National Stripes Day, March 31st, we’re looking back at our favorite striped interiors and pulling our favorite striped products to help you get in on the timeless trend. We checked in with our favorite striped purveyor J. Crew to see what their head of women’s design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, thinks about the trend. “Stripes can swing between straight-up, classic, and pragmatic but then be new and fanciful at the same time,” says Sikhounmuong. “There’s a nostalgia to them.” Everyone loves stripes to the point that they’ve become a neutral. “From the classic French striped sailor tees to those of Venetian gondoliers to Moroccan-striped rugs, everyone loves stripes regardless of culture or age.”
Here are 10 ways to make them work for you!
Cool, Memphis-style stripes add a graphic edge to any room. Get the look with removable wallpaper.
“Nothing says summer to me more than a striped shirt paired with a skinny pair of white jeans,” says Sikhounmuong.
Striped boatneck T-Shirt, $39.50
Pair two lively blues with off-white for this design-your-own wallpaper idea in a bathroom.
“We’ve taken a very classic men’s blue and white stripe shirting and cut it into some unexpected shapes like apron dresses, ruffle tops and pleated ball gowns,” says Sikhounmuong.
Graphic black and white stripes complement glossy lacquered cabinets in a small kitchen.
“Stripes are what we call a ‘non pattern pattern’ meaning even though they are a pattern, they are pretty easy to mix with anything,” says Sikhounmuong.
Seersucker shorts, $72
First featured in Domino in 2008, this nursery (belonging to Jenna Lyons’ son Beckett) makes an impact.
Kelly Wearstler designed this room for clients in Bel-Air. Kelly sought to create a graphic entrance to the three quieter rooms that this vestibule leads in to. The silkscreen wall covering was chosen to complement the rich materiality of the marble flooring.
“There’s a universality to stripes,” says Sikhounmuong.
Farrow & Ball’s Tented Stripe ST 1372 wallpaper gives a traditional English bathroom a graphic and modern feel.