Coco Chanel started the trend after a fisherman's striped sweater caught her eye all those years ago. She paired it with men’s trousers and a fashion revolution was born. Who would have thought that this style rebellion would become such an enduring trend?
Although many people tend to shy away from horizontal stripes, they can be worn in any way by anyone. Here are a few of our favourite stripey styles.
The Breton stripe shirt originated in Brittany—a French province that occupies the peninsula between the English Channel and Bay of Biscay. The nautical-esq, long-sleeved cotton top usually has a boat neck and, traditionally, the stripes begin around the breastbone. Alexa Chung, Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer and Sienna Miller have all stepped out in Breton stripes recently. Breton stripes look great under a blazer. Get yours for $49 at www.goshcelebrityfashion.com.au
Mini skirt stripes
No two words strike fear into women more than “mini skirt”. But thanks to ballet flats, opaque stockings and leggings, this fashion gem can now be worn much more comfortably! Heidi Klum, Kristin Cavallari, Ashley Tisdale, Nicole Richie and Rihanna are all fans of the striped mini paired back with a cool t-shirt. Get yours for $135 at www.miijo.com from Pleasure Doing Business.
What was once a style sin is now a fashion rule ... mix and match your prints! Yes, you heard us. Wear a striped cardigan over a checked dress, or pair a horizontal striped top with a leopard print skirt a la reality star, Whitney Port. “I always used to think that horizontal stripes were everyone's enemy but I think I found a way to make them your friend,” says Whitney. “If you pair it with a more powerful printed or textural jacket it can be quite a fun ensemble. Try a jean jacket, leather jacket or cute vest to spice things up! I simply paired my stripes with some plaid, put on some black leggings and called it a night.”
So, why not give stripes a go this season? It’s a simple trend that everyone can enjoy.