Stripes are pretty much a perminant feature in spring summer trends. However the new season stripes you need to know, have a entirely different edge to them. The Breton top, forever chic, democratic and timeless, its really now a wardrobe classic. This season’s take on the stripe is anything but boring, think colour, width and direction. Not just confined to tops; striped trousers, skirts and dresses have all transferred from the catwalk to the high street. Adding the ‘new stripe’ to your wardrobe will instantly update your look for 2017. Feeling brave, mash up your prints by combining your stripes with florals or other stripes!
Brief History of the Stripe
Coco Chanel first styled the Breton top as part of her nautical collection 100 years ago this year. Originally compulsory wear for sailors, Chanel spotted the Breton on a visit to the French coast inspiring her collection. Its since remained synonymous with chic Parisian style. In the 1950s and 60s the shirt was again popularised by the Beatnik community and alternative culture – See Audrey Hepburn in Funny face. Later, Jean Paul Gaultier became an ambassador of sorts and featured it heavily in his styles.
New Season Stripes on the High Street
Clockwise from the Top left hand corner;
Coco Chanel in the Bretton 1917
Yes that’s me! Modelling for Nicky Hamilton Jones at the Ideal Home Exhibition, wearing the Marks & Spencer red striped Dress.
Seriously lengthening striped dress from my new online go to! Uterque
Mashing up a print and a stripe in one top!, Karen Millen
This yellow wide stripe top also picks up on this seasons colour trend, Zara
Its still blue and white but I love the eye confusing direction of the stripe, Karen Millen
This horizantal stripe skirt will confuse the eye and give great shape, Marks & Spencer
This optic stripe would make a good wedding outfit option, Finery London
A flowing colour block stripe in lush cupro for lux feel, & Other Stories