Stripes Eternal

24 April 2013

From the launch of Coco Chanels' Nautical collection in 1917, to Audrey Hepburns' Breton stripe top in The 1956 feature film, "Funny Face", stripes have become an enduring stylish staple. Fast forward to the Spring/Summer 2013 collections and they continue to feature strikingly on the runway and designers such as Oscar De La Renta, Chloe, and Christian Dior inspire with their interpretations of the classic.

The good news is that this is a trend that is easily adapted from "runway to real" and the High Street Retailers have made it an affordable feature for our wardrobes.
Follow a few simple style guidelines, and you will be able to incorporate stripes successfully into your wardrobe. You will be amazed at how quickly they become one of your own iconic style-staples.

Stylish stripes guideline

1. Remember stripes will effect your silhouette. If you are wanting to promote long and lean, go vertical, if you want to break up your height and add some curves, its horizontal you are looking for.

2. Decide on the width of your stripe. Large, wide stripes will certainly make a bold statement, but they can also overpower, so always consider this aspect of the wider statement stripe. In general, narrower, smaller stripes, will be more flattering. They are also great for breaking up monochromatic pieces, and creating visual impact.

The width of the stripe can also play a part in determining the suitability of a piece for various occasions or environments; for example, pinstripes will generally lend themselves to the corporate/professional scene.

3. Always always, try on stripy garments before purchasing.

4. If you are struggling to find the right striped garment, consider the accessories on offer, like a fabulous scarf or ballet flat which will still allow you to incorporate the trend into your wardrobe.

It's time to get stripy!

Jen xo

Audrey Hepburn 1956 

Coco Chanel

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Sass & Bide Spring 2013

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2013
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