Stripes have always had a foothold on fashion. Coco Chanel brought out her first nautical collection in 1917 and since then stripes have evolved, repeated and swam in and out of fashion more times than anyone can remember. A century later, the summer ‘17 catwalks took stripes and super-sized it. Stripes for this summer are worn big and bright in a defiant graphic look that leaves subtlety at the door. From Stella McCartney to Versace, stripes became the defining pattern of the season. For your summer wardrobe, these distinctive stripes can add boldness, strength and a sense of fun to your everyday look. Read on for our take on stripes and how best to wear them this summer.
The catwalks took a head to toe approach to stripes this year where models made a statement in rainbow brights. Wear full-on stripes with attitude and a fuss-free approach to accessories to let your outfit do the talking. Or pare back this look by choosing a monochrome print or muted color palate. For us, bright and beautiful is the prettiest way to approach this trend. We love this Kate Spade fit and flare dress that is all about femininity, fun and long summer nights.
Striped tailoring has taken the pinstripe and run with it, creating bold looks that play on the pajama inspired shapes we have seen the last few seasons. If you are only going to invest in one striped piece this summer make it a great blazer or pair of pants. Ultra-versatile, they can be dressed up or down and take you anywhere you need to go. These Banana Republic pants really fit the bill with bold stripes and a great shape for nearly every body type. Partner with sneakers for a twist on traditional styling.
One trend that has our heart beating a little faster is the use of stripes with mismatched prints. This could mean a different style of stripes, an elegant floral or something completely off the wall. The point is, mismatching has never looked so good. Well-defined stripes make the best partner for mismatching and you should feel free to go wild with color. This J.Crew striped skirt would be the perfect focal point for some expert clashing of prints.
Stripes seem to pop into fashion every few seasons but they don’t normally reach our feet. This season has seen some amazing striped shoe offerings which may not be entirely practical but make up for it by being oh so beautiful. Monochrome stripes are the ones to step out in right now and a killer heel is the ultimate way to rock this look. Make your feet a focal point in these Neiman Marcus striped pumps, a no-nonsense pointed stiletto with pretty bow backed detailing. There is nothing you can’t achieve in these shoes.
Need stripes? Check out our range of gorgeous striped clothes and accessories from the biggest and best brands around.
Be fearless in stripes this summer and create your own fashion moment.