Regardless of the current weather report in your neck of the woods, summer is coming! It’s like Jaws, except way less scary…and with less teeth. Come to think of it, it’s not that much like Jaws. Regardless of shitty analogies, a major trend this summer are nautical stripes. They’ve been around for the last couple of summers, too, but with all of the boldness happening right now, expect them to stick around in a strong way.

Stripes are a really fun way to throw some interesting notes into an otherwise simple look. Whether you prefer vertical or horizontal stripes, start wearing them.

If you’re not already familiar, horizontal stripes like the ones I’m wearing today are going to make you appear to be just a bit wider than you might actually be. For someone who’s (borderline too) skinny like me, this isn’t a problem. It can actually play to your advantage if you’re a guy who struggles to keep weight on. However, if you’re still carrying a bit of that holiday weight, go with a vertical stripe as it will elongate your torso and actually make you look a bit more thin. This isn’t an excuse to skip the gym, but it helps to know.

Check out the rest of the look below!

Do not be alarmed! My feet haven’t seen the sun in almost a year! Another summer must have (I’m building my complete list, it’s coming soon!) are espadrilles or TOMS. They’re super lightweight and comfortable, they go with everything, and it’s not the end of the world if one gets ruined or lost. All of these benefits add up to a killer summer shoe!


It’s about time to break out the white denim again too, dudes! It’s a perfect way to continue building upon my nautical theme for this look and acts as an excellent base for a striped shirt. If white jeans are a bit too…metro, do people still use that term?…then some basic slim denim, chinos or nicely fitted shorts work great too. Don’t forget that your shirt is patterned, so you’ll probably want to stick with a solid colored base layer.


I matched some black sunglasses up top with my black TOMS down on the bottom. It’s a great way to bookend the look and escape a bit of the boat captain vibes.


Stripes are an awesome way to make yourself stand out without peacocking too hard this summer. Hit the mall and try on some horizontal stripes. They’re not for everyone, but if worn correctly can make a really nice statement. Regardless, find a couple of shirts with stripes and rock them till the sun goes down! And even after that if you want…it’s your life.

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About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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