Polka dots, florals, and stripes – OH MY! If you follow me on Instagram (follow me @_thepinkchickadee!), then you know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE prints. As a self-proclaimed “colorful preppy girl”, one of my favorite prints is none other than stripes. I have always been a sucker for stripes, as they are a classic preppy staple that can be worn for many many years and even *yes, even* decades to come.

So, a fun fact about me is that one of my top five Clifton Strengths is *drum roll please* Futuristic. I have ALWAYS been a planner. And, being a planner is a BIG part of how I execute everything here on the blog but also in my work life, personal life, and even with my closet. Yes, I usually shop for Spring/Summer clothing in the Fall/Winter and Fall/Winter clothing in the Spring/Summer, respectively.

One of the pieces that I purchased during my Spring/Summer clothing shopping sprees was the pink striped shift from Sail to Sable that I thrifted off of ThredUp. I got it for under $15, if I can recall. This pink striped shift is a PERFECT preppy piece for Spring/Summer months as well as the Fall/Winter months when styled with boots/flats and a blazer/chunky knit cardigan. ALSO, it can be styled nicely with a sweater/pullover on top of it for that Coastal Grandma vibe that I am seeing EVERYWHERE on Instagram and LTK, either for the beach or for some errands to make them much cuter.

With it being Summer currently and wayyyy too hot for even a denim jacket to style with, I opted to style my striped shift with: my Jack Rogers mismatched pineapple and flamingo sandals that I scored during one of their clearance events back in April, my favorite and well-loved customized Barrington Gifts St. Anne unzippered tote, my beaded Cora’s Den monogrammed necklace I got on clearance, and my recently purchased at the Delaware Beaches Lilly Pulitzer top knot pearled headband. This outfit was super fun to wear and I LOVED getting to add a sweet summer twist to my striped shift.

Personally, I own *QUITE* a bit of striped shift dresses, specifically from Sail to Sable each, of which I have thrifted for under $15 each off of ThredUp. I also have a thrifted J. McLaughlin shift that I found at my local 2nd Ave thrift store, a TJ Maxx sale Southern Tide shift, and a Tommy Hilfiger striped shift outlet find from back in 2013 that I STILL own, all of which I LOVE. I find them PERFECT for all seasons when styled accordingly. At the same time, striped shifts can be great for work, too, as they have an element of professionalism within them. All in all, striped shifts make for an excellent wardrobe staple!

Striped shift dresses and stripes in general are great for all seasons. I really enjoyed getting to add a summer twist to my Sail to Sable pink striped shift. It was super comfortable, light, and easy to wear on a hot and humid Washington, DC area day. Here’s to many more summers in stripes!

XOXO – Katie <3

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