Nothing evokes Parisian chic or the notion of a summer by the sea more than stripes. The classic pattern returns this summer in bigger and bolder versions on a variety of items: from high-waisted skirts to lace crocheted tops, all the while exuding classic glamour – whether you choose to go full, slim or angular.
By Dmitri Ruwan
Stripes bring to mind nautical elegance evocative of sailors and the country seaside, but they aren’t just for the yacht setting this summer. They’ve travelled far to become a established go-to in many a style guru’s handbook. Take the timeless elegance of Coco Chanel – who donned sailor clothes with high-waisted pants in the Twenties – instantaneously creating a silhouette that would live on to present day, or Jean Paul Gautier’s use of stripes in many a couture show accentuating the patterns capability to both slim and accentuate the female form. This season’s return of the stripe is anything but coincidence – appearing in a variety of shapes and sizes – but always exuding that familiar sense of undoubtable style. Opt for pencil skirts with bold stripes for a adventurous take on the work attire or channel sporty luxe in lace versions for day.