Stylish stripes with no nautical reference in sight. Stripes are a great buy at any time of the year – they add a certain interest to your outfit and don’t need to be nautical.
Save your trusty Breton top for those days when you need a quick fix or go monochrome for a fresh take on your stripes. The good news is you will want to wear these looks no matter what the season and you may just have that striped piece already in your wardrobe. Pro-tip: Treat the black and white stripe as neutral and contemporary to rock these three outfit ideas.
1. Take one top and try…
Ladylike – “matching” separates
Pieces like these are always needed in the wardrobe. This outfit sets a smart and professional tone without being prim. Go from office to evening seamlessly. If you are going to mix your stripe widths; focus the larger stripe on your best asset. This generally means any optical illusion should be at its most flattering! A vertical and horizontal stripe combination will add some fun to the look.
Runway inspiration: Tibi, Worthy matching sets: Elizabeth and James, Topshop, Forever 21
Style tip: the stripes don’t have to match exactly just work together (avoid anything that really distracts the eye).
Great finds to make a match
Tops – pick a shape that has a flattering fit for you and is not too short so that it can be worn tucked in or out.
Skirts: Mango, Nicholas
2. French Girl Cool
Take inspiration from the Saint Laurent girl but make it practical and appropriate for everyday by pairing your striped top with culottes. This is a contemporary silhouette which has a softness but still gives that nonchalant vibe. Accessories are important here. Finish the look with a skinny scarf, cross body bag and a pair of mules for added cool girl points
Style Tip: A bag or shoe with texture like suede or a wooden heel will add extra outfit interest for that laissez faire feel.
Runway inspiration: Saint Laurent
3. The Bohemian way
The 70s are heavily referenced this season. A gentle nod to the trend in a Boho manner will suffice. Try a floral printed skirt with your stripes for a laid back look. Avoid any heavy seventies feeling accessories like wooden platform shoes or fringing to keep the look modern. Think more laid back luxe in the LA sunshine.
Style Tip: Stick to a limited colour palette (one to two colours) if you are unsure or a smaller print. A dark background to the print is a gentler starting point.
Runway Inspiration: Preen
Ultimate inspiration: Audrey Hepburn
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