Stripes 'r' us

AHOY SAILOR! THE British love affair with stripes shows no signs of abating.

Outfit from Hobbs (left); Outfit from M&S

AHOY SAILOR! THE British love affair with stripes shows no signs of abating. Each season frocks, T-shirts, bags and shoes have a nod towards nautical and this spring/summer is no exception.

On the catwalk designers have been mixing up wide and thin stripes or pairing them with florals.

Colours are not just confined to the traditional white and navy.

Vivienne Westwood showed models wearing yellow and black striped T-shirts or bold red and white stripes emblazoned with a logo. The Hood Street store in Newcastle is stocking some of the Anglomania striped T-shirts and the designer has also continued the trend in her Red Label and MAN collections.

On the high street Land’s End has a burnt orange cotton striped jumper for £30 and Warehouse has a flattering black and white striped tulip dress for £75.

But be warned not to go for full-on nautical, unless you want to be mistaken for a sailor on dry land.

L-r: Dress from French Connection; Shoes (both) from Dune; Dress from Coast

All-over stripes are unflattering and horizontal stripes can widen your body frame so just a flash of print is best.

The key is to team one striped item with a block colour, i.e. a striped T-shirt with jeans or a vertically striped skirt with a black top.

Alternatively, team striped shoes with white cotton trousers or invest in a statement stripe bag.

Coast has a good selection of dresses and chiffon tops while Hobbs has a great striped jacket and matching cap. Country Casuals also has some pieces in their new summer range.

Dune is a good place to look for accessories and has some beautiful shoes in red, white and blue as well as heels in pink, yellow and red stripes.

Whichever stripes you choose, there is plenty on offer.


David Whetstone
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