For those of us who are horizontally challenged, things are looking up, up, up. Or more precisely trends are up and down as in vertical stripes, which as we all know are supposed to make one appear, by some miracle of trompe- l'oeil, taller and thinner.
Whatever works I always say. Whether you're going for longer or leaner -- or both -- designers have graciously provided several possibilities for spring and summer. The beige stripes above are from Bottega Veneta, the bleached-out blue from Etro.
If you don't wish to fork over the funds for these high-ticket items because you're economizing for some major fashion statement item or a refrigerator for example, there's always the striped pajama bottom route for summer.
Seriously, if you shop carefully, i.e. people on the street don't whip around and say "omg she's escaped from the ward," and cover the waist area properly you can pull this off. Think French, be brave. Besides, Dolce & Gabbana did actual full-on pajama ensembles for the season. I find them a little weird, but who's asking.
Compromise: But in my opinion seersucker is never a compromise. It combines vertical stripes, tradition, elegance and an all-American-house-in-the-Hamptons freshness that is ever and always perfect for steamy summer days and nights. (The cuffed -- very important detail on the chicness scale -- trousers, and nipped at the waist jacket are from J.Crew. I suggest you jump on these before Michelle Obama spies them otherwise they'll be sold out before you can type the "J." into your computer.)