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Stripes spring summer trend 12

I love stripes. Over the years I’ve had striped tops, trousers, skirts, vests, dresses and shirts. There’s just something irresistible about them. Stick a plain tee on with jeans and you could disappear into the background; pop on a striped top and suddenly things start to pop.

Stripes speak volumes, so they are best worn when you’re feeling bright, breezy and confident. They work throughout the year and you don’t have to wear them with an un-patterned separate either. Last summer, striped tops were looking hot to trot with equally stripy midi skirts, and print dresses rocked with striped cardis. That versatility cannot be said of every trend, and stripes can make a seamless transition from smart to casual, day-to-night, too.

There’s an old rule that says vertical stripes make you look taller and horizontal stripes should be avoided if you’re worried about your weight or shape. I‘m not sure I agree; It’s always worth trying the striped clothes you love to decide if they work for you. I once tried a pair of vertically striped boot cut jeans that made my thighs look thunderous, whereas a horizontally striped maxi skirt I bought last summer had a weirdly slimming effect. It all depends on the colour, the width of the stripes and the shape of the clothes the stripes are on. Fashion “rules” are great for guidance, but always trust your own judgment.

So, if you’re wearing stripes casually, I’d go for colour. Until spring kicks in, keep warm with a stripy jumper or cardigan. M Missoni’s stripes give winter some much-needed vibrancy and boohoo’s short-sleeved jumper dress provides loads of  sassy, rocked-up glamour for everyday wear.

If you’re feeling brave enough for some standout winter daywear, team these striped hot pants from Topshop with a textured black jumper and knitted black tights.

For lush evening looks, tone the colour down and keep the style simple. Karen Millen’s striped dress clings to your curves in just the right way, American Apparel’s long-sleeved two tone design is perfect for winter parties, and Lipsy’s going out dress with a striped top and oversized bow is always going to turn heads.

Whichever look you choose, remember that you don’t need to earn your stripes – you just need to enjoy them!


Monochrome Stripes

monochrome stripes trend

Shop The Look: Miss Selfridge stripe 2 4 dress £39, Warehouse stripe ponte jacket £45, Jaeger London pure silk stripe print blouse (Was £180) £70, New Look striped croc bag £19.99, Topshop striped Breton sweat £26.

Multicoloured Stripes

multicoloured stripes trend

Shop The Look: Kaliko stripe jersey dress £60, Beyond Vintage silk stripe maxi cami dress £298, Oui multi coloured stripe jumper £95, Stella McCartney Aude cuffed shorts £475, Johnstons striped colour scarf £25.

Masculine Stripes

masculine stripe trend

Shop The Look: Paul Smith navy jacket £220, Vivienne Westwood striped v-neck t-shirt £170, Lyle & Scott striped crew neck jumper £90,  Red Herring skinny tie £9.50, Topman blue double striped shorts £28.

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