Trends often go round in cycles and stripes are one trend that are back on our fashion radar. Taking us right through S/S13 to A/W13, designers like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana are going crazy for monochrome lines.
While head-to-toe looks might work on the catwalk, it’s a little overwhelming in real life. To avoid the jailbird look, stick to statement blouses, T-shirt style dresses or the classic Breton tee for a chic Parisian feel. And let’s face it, stripes look good on pretty much everyone – they elongate the legs, add definition around the waist and work with prints and block colours.
Start the season with these striped must-haves: doesn’t matter if they’re black or white, green or blue, red or yellow…
Céline Denim Capris, £185, yoox.com
Head off on a Euro getaway with these cute cropped trousers. (They’ll make your legs look longer too!)
Topshop Stripe Band Back Dress, £26, topshop.com
Take some direction and mash up your stripes. The low back is perfect for showing off your post-winter tan.
Petit Bateau Wide-Striped Tee, £45, petit-bateau.co.uk
If you’re after a Breton tee, Petit Bateau is your go-to store for Parisian style.
The Gap Harbor Jersey Roll-Sleeve Dress, £59.95, gap.com
A great basic that works equally well for lunch with your girlfriends to nights out with your man.
Vix Malawai Bikini Top, £64.42, shopbop.com
Horizontal stripes will boost your bust, while the cinched in bottoms will lengthen your legs.
Maison Scotch Striped Shirt with Arrow Lining, £145, asos.com
Wear this soft striped shirt on weekends with white jeans and ballet flats.
Antipodium Syntax Striped Tee, £84.80, shopbop.com
Who said stripes had to black and white?
Missoni Crochet-Knit Headband, £80, net-a-porter.com
Okay, these are technically zig zags, but they’re still part of the stripe family. Plus, it’s Missoni.
Sparkle & Fade Stripe High Low Dress, £42, urbanoutfitters.co.uk
The ultimate maxi.