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Shopping Guide: Tie-Neck Tops

There’s something about these tops that we’re drawn to. Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s put together, but not too put together. Or nice, but also a little suggestive (isn’t the demure bow just waiting to be untied?) Or sophisticated–like wearing a blouse with a stylish scarf–yet requiring far less effort.

Or maybe all of the above. Yeah, that’s it.

Inspiration: Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary
Photo Credit: Lions Gate Films
Mason Secretary Blouse
Mason Secretary Blouse $265 at blaec
Banana Republic Cashmere Tie-Neck Sweater
Cashmere Tie-Neck Sweater in Plum Swirl $128 at Banana Republic

Stretch Merino Tie-Neck Sweater
Stretch Merino Tie-Neck Sweater in Azalea $39.99 at JCrew
Elie Tahari 'Clover' Blouse
Elie Tahari ‘Clover’ Blouse $94.99 at Bluefly

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Spring 2006 Trend: Horizontal Stripes

Trend Importance Factor: Medium High.

Wearability Factor: Medium High.

How to Wear It: Horizontal stripes are showing up on the runways as a remnant of Spring 2005’s Nautical trend. Avoid wide horizontal stripes that cut your body into sections, making you look shorter and/or wider than you actually are. For maximum figure flattery, opt for thin horizontal striping. Excellent for visual interest, and the small scale of the print doesn’t actually make you look any wider.

Where in Trend Lifecycle: Like Neutral Colors, the Nautical influence behind the Horizontal Stripe trend is more of a classic than a true trend. Horizontal stripes have been big on the fashion scene for a couple of years now–think of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw in "An American Girl in Paris."

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