Ahoy! Breton stripes are pulling into port! Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

The classic sailor stripes so famously worn by Coco Chanel are hotter than ever for Spring/Summer 2010.  Don’t sweat it!  Just because celebs are wearing it doesn’t mean you can’t afford it, too!  (After all, they’re JUST STRIPES.)

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

This lightweight jersey tee is perfect for summer evenings spent sniffing sea spray on your yacht.  But something smells funny about paying $115 for a cotton tee shirt.  Similar designer styles are even hundreds more.  For less than half the price of the Saint James shirt, you could have both of the below pieces.  I especially like the Gap Boat Neck Top with shoulder detail and mix-stripe pattern. That fun take on the classic is so right.  I prefer to stick to thin stripes, and a larger stretch of cream or white at the collar is even more chic.

Urban Outfitters stripe tee

Urban Outfitters 3/4 length Nautical tee, $28

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top, $24.52

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Not Your Grandma’s Crochet Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

A girl can only wear so many spaghetti strap tank tops. Add a little sizzle and style to your sleeveless with crochet details.
Converse Crochet Tank JCPenney Crochet TankNordstrom-crochet-top
This Converse by John Varvatos crochet tank is a lovely, lightweight item for a trip to the beach, but you’ll drop $145 for it. Pinch a few pennies by shopping JCPenney online, and you can pick up this Decree crochet back tank for just $11.99.  Or be a lass with class in this front-to-back open knit Great Plains top from Nordstrom for only $31.90.