When three fashion-industry vets team up to start a clothing line, you can be sure the style set’s interest is instantly peaked. Inspired by a wardrobe classic, the stripe, former Vogue editors Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster collaborated with Molly Howard (most recently of Rag & Bone) to create La Ligne. The lifestyle brand for the stripe-obsessed boasts fresh silhouettes and high-quality fabrics (all at an approachable price point). We tapped the founders for their expert styling advice plus tips on packable pieces that imbue cool-girl vibes for summer travel.
Why did you choose stripes as the inspiration for the collection?
"Stripes are a classic design standard with a versatility that allows for endless interpretation. La Ligne's unique utilization of the stripe acknowledges the beauty of lines and the infinite forms that can take shape from a simple piping to a bold color block. When customers are seeking stripes—whether it's a classic design or new interpretation—we want La Ligne to be their go-to destination."
Style Tip: Meredith Melling
Personal Style: "Bohemian New England."
Tip: "I would pair our Boudoir Shirt with our Pipeline Pants and a Roxanne Assoulin choker."
Styling Tip: Valerie Boster
Personal Style: "Tomboy."
Tip: "I love layering the Boudoir Shirt under our Varsity Tee with my favorite pair of worn-in jeans."
Styling Tip: Molly Howard
Personal Style: "Comfortable quirky."
Tip: "I go for the full Boudoir set, wearing the shirt and pants with sneakers during the day, then changing into heels for dinner—and no shoes for sleep."
Packing Tips: Meredith Melling
"I became a big fan of flight suits when I wore a vintage one to Burning Man. Having a version as part of our Essentials collection was important to me. It's so utilitarian, an easy transition piece from day to night to bring along on any trip. By day, wear it turned down with a bikini top and tie the sleeves around the waist, then zip it up when the sun goes down."
Packing Tips: Valerie Boster
"I love The Boudoir set for travel. If I could sleep in both pieces I would! I resist calling them pajamas because you can wear them for a dressy occasion if you pair the look with the right blazer and heels. They're that luxe in terms of quality, design and the way they feel on your skin. They're clothes you can eat, sleep, drink and dance in. Perfect to have on hand for any trip."
Packing Tips: Molly Howard
"My favorite piece for travel is probably the Fluid Line dress. It's so versatile and truly one of the most comfortable pieces of clothing I've ever worn. We want to make clothing that feels so good to be in, something you can travel anywhere in without having to change. That's how livable our pieces are."