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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Safari Chic Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

Whether you’re looking for that fallen pacifier or just a perfect new pair of shoes, you’ll be prepared for the hunt in these breezy safari dresses.
Michael Kors Drawstring Waist Dress Cabela's Safari Dress in SagebrushJ. Peterman Linen Safari Dress

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Lulu's Tomboy Dress in NavyJessica London Shirt Dress

You could pay $150 for this silk Michael Kors dress, or you could spend less and worry less about these cotton and linen choices. You could get all four of these safari-style dresses for the price of one magazine-featured look.  Cotton dress in sagebrush from Cabela’s, $16.95; linen blend dress from The J. Peterman Company, $54; Tom Boy dress in navy from Lulu’s, $44; linen blend shirt dress in plus sizes from Jessica London, $34.99 – $39.99.