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Spring 2013 Trend: Bold Stripes

It seems in fashion, stripes have been around since the creation of the zebra. And while one may think that the industry would have grown tired of the simplistic pattern, designers from Oscar de la Renta to Michael Kors have reinvented the striped wheel with a fresh take on the old standby in their spring 2013 collections.

Oscar de la Renta Striped Ball Gown.

Oscar de la Renta Striped Ball Gown | (Photo credit: Stylecaster)

Tommy Hilfiger Striped Maxi Dress | (Photo credit: Stylecaster)

Tommy Hilfiger Striped Maxi Dress | (Photo credit: Stylecaster)

Michael Kors Stripes on Stripes | (Photo credit: Stylecaster)

Michael Kors Stripes on Stripes | (Photo credit: Stylecaster)

Whether you choose to wear them horizontally or vertically, on your top half or on your lower half, mixed with prints and solids, or as a complete ensemble, freshen up your spring wardrobe with a new take on the humble stripe.

I personally own more horizontal striped shirts than is probably socially acceptable. But if I were looking to add to my ever-growing collection, I might opt for any of these pieces.

The bright colors in these tops from Ann Taylor Loft would pair nicely with a simple pair of black or white trousers, or even shorts as the temperatures increase.

Loft Clean Striped Shell | $49.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

Loft Clean Striped Shell | $49.50 | (Photo credit: Loft)

Loft Striped Drop Shoulder Tee | $44.50 | (Photo credit: Polyvore)

Loft Striped Drop Shoulder Tee | $44.50 | (Photo credit: Polyvore)

For more selections for your top-half, consider any of these bold numbers:

Anthropologie Vintage Stripes Top | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Vintage Stripes Top | $198 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Here & There Tee | $48 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Here & There Tee | $48 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Ann Taylor Striped Cotton Button Back Top | $38 | (Photo credit: Ann Taylor)

Ann Taylor Striped Cotton Button Back Top | $38 | (Photo credit: Ann Taylor)

Marc Jacobs Stripe Shirt | $590 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Marc Jacobs Stripe Shirt | $590 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Madewell Ridgestripe Top | $68 | (Photo credit: Madewell)

Madewell Ridgestripe Top | $68 | (Photo credit: Madewell)

Saint James for J.Crew Three-Quarter Sleeve Tee | $90 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Saint James for J.Crew Three-Quarter Sleeve Tee | $90 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Liven up your outerwear with the addition of a striped blazer or trench into your office-outfit repertoire. The classic lines of a black and white or navy and white striped jacket look great when paired with a soft pastel (like this season’s mint!) or a hint of neon.

Banana Republic Striped Knit Blazer | $130 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

Banana Republic Striped Knit Blazer | $130 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

Ann Taylor Harlow 3/4-Sleeve Jacket | $128 | (Photo credit: Ann Taylor)

Ann Taylor Harlow 3/4-Sleeve Jacket | $128 | (Photo credit: Ann Taylor)

Gap Striped Knit Moto Jacket | $69.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Striped Knit Moto Jacket | $69.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Striped Ponte Academy Blazer | $88 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Striped Ponte Academy Blazer | $88 | (Photo credit: Gap)

BR Monogram Striped Trench | $198 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

BR Monogram Striped Trench | $198 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

If it’s a cozy sweater you crave, stay warm in a striped knit in an array of Easter egg-inspired colors.

J.Crew Liberty-Collar Merino Sweater in Stripe | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Liberty-Collar Merino Sweater in Stripe | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Two-Tone Sweatshirt in Stripe | $238 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Cashmere Two-Tone Sweatshirt in Stripe | $238 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Splendid Seaside Stripe Sweater | $168 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Splendid Seaside Stripe Sweater | $168 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Asola Striped Cotton/Linen Jumper | $227 | (Photo credit: Luisaviaroma)

Asola Striped Cotton/Linen Jumper | $227 | (Photo credit: Luisaviaroma)

Quotation Autumn Cashmere Sweater | $275 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Quotation Autumn Cashmere Sweater | $275 | (Photo credit: Bloomingdales)

Mix up your maxi dress collection with a bold striped pattern. Opt for vertical stripes for a slimming effect and don’t be afraid to add a little floral or shine into the equation.

I love this floral and striped dress from Ann Taylor, perfect for a tropical getaway.

Ann Taylor Floral Stripe Print Maxi Dress | $128 | (Photo credit: NYC Recessionista)

Ann Taylor Floral Stripe Print Maxi Dress | $128 | (Photo credit: NYC Recessionista)

Or this nautical-inspired frock from J.Crew:

J.Crew Kimono-Sleeve Maxidress in Stripe | $110 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Kimono-Sleeve Maxidress in Stripe | $110 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

And these effortless styles from Anthropologie would be the perfect garment to slip into on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Anthropologie Scale-Striped Midi Chemise | $128 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Scale-Striped Midi Chemise | $128 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Summit Stripe Chemise | $98 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

Anthropologie Summit Stripe Chemise | $98 | (Photo credit: Anthropologie)

If you’re looking to show off a little leg come springtime, these options would also have you looking fresh!

Gap Harbor Jersey Striped Dress | $64.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Harbor Jersey Striped Dress | $64.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Striped A-Line Dress | $59.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

Gap Striped A-Line Dress | $59.95 | (Photo credit: Gap)

J.Crew Floral Stripe Tunic | $178 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Floral Stripe Tunic | $178 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Mod Cloth Work with Me Dress | $49.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Mod Cloth Work with Me Dress | $49.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

If you’re more of a skirt-gal, there are a myriad of striped options for you to try for both work and weekend wear. And yes, horizontal stripes along your lower half can be still be flattering if the cut of the skirt works well with your body type. To minimize hips, opt for A-line cuts and if you’re looking to add a little curve to a boyish frame, stick to pencil styles.

Banana Republic Stripe Skirt | $89.50 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

Banana Republic Stripe Skirt | $89.50 | (Photo credit: Banana Republic)

J.Crew Voile Skirt in Stripe | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Voile Skirt in Stripe | $128 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Pencil Skirt in Swirled Sequin Stripe | $750 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Collection Pencil Skirt in Swirled Sequin Stripe | $750 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Mod Cloth A Competitive Edginess Skirt | $29.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Mod Cloth A Competitive Edginess Skirt | $29.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Footwear is even getting its stripe on this spring! Slip your piggies into any of these striped shoes and be on trend from head to toe.

J.Crew Etta Canvas Stripe Pumps | $250 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

J.Crew Etta Canvas Stripe Pumps | $250 | (Photo credit: J.Crew)

Mod Cloth Umbrella Statement Flat | $34.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Mod Cloth Umbrella Statement Flat | $34.99 | (Photo credit: Mod Cloth)

Kate Spade New York 'Lainey' Wedge Sandal | $278 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Kate Spade New York ‘Lainey’ Wedge Sandal | $278 | (Photo credit: Nordstrom)

Saint Laurent Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals | $1195 | (Photo credit: Net-a-Porter)

Saint Laurent Striped Suede and Metallic-Leather Sandals | $1195 | (Photo credit: Net-a-Porter)

So take a cue from zebras and Where’s Waldo, and go bold with your stripes this spring.

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