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Stripes – Love Them or Not?

Did you ever meet a stripe you didn’t like?

I’ll answer that. The vertical stripes in black and white or a jersey or sweater will always remind me of a referee!

“…AND #36 TAKES IT ALL THE WAY IN FOR A TOUCHDOWN!”

Other than that, I don’t know why I haven’t leaned more toward stripes after all these years.

Stripes Are Popular and Always Classic

Stripes are showing up everywhere this Spring, from sweaters to tee shirts, blouses and dresses.

In Milan, ( I have to live vicariously, like I was able to go to Italy) stripes are showing on the runways, in a variety of directional patterns. Those seem to be the stripes that catch my eye the most. Bold stripes and a mix of striped patterns on New York’s runways are popular this season.

Whether it is a trend, or a classic staple, I think stripes are here to stay.

I finally added my second, yes, that’s right, second striped piece to my closet recently, and you will see me style it next week on the blog.

I have come around to stripes, and they certainly would be the perfect pattern-mixing duo with my florals.

Love the different size stripes here from Milan Week, and the horizontal stripes at the cuff.

This dress caught my eye! I love the bright green bodice that gives more shape and the vertical stripes that are “broken up” by the green in the middle! Thinner stripes at the shoulders also draw attention.
So, no “Referee” look here! 🙂

photos ** vogue

Where did the pattern originate?

” Queen Victoria dressed her son Albert in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht in 1846 that this fashion style took a popular turn in the fashion world.”  Sailors would wear this pattern, as the shirt’s were buttonless, and they were easy to see if a man went overboard since they were different from the sailor’s Captains and higher ranking members of the Navy.

Stripes also became popular in the mid 19th century and everything from tents, to women’s and men’s bathing suits were striped.

The striped pattern was not looked at fondly for every uniform. The mid 20th century was when the large striped prison garb was substituted for solid shades ( orange). Johnny Cash, sung about it in a song, “I’ve Got Stripes.”

My Striped Picks

This dress is calling my name with its multi-directional stripes.

Love the mix of orange and pink in this pretty striped sweater.

A beautiful and classic look, love with the leather trousers for a modern vibe.

Perfect striped sweater to dress down with jeans, love the pocket detail!

 

Do you gravitate toward stripes? How do you style them?

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess xx

8 Comments
  • Leslie Susan Clingan
    Posted at 14:33h, 27 February Reply

    Hope you answered the call of that multi-directional striped dress!! It would be fabulous on you. I like the pink and orange sweater, myself. And would never have thought of pairing it with maroon trousers but oh, my gosh…gorgeous. Thank you for sharing a little bit about the history of stripes in fashion. I have always liked them but not worn them until recently. I like blue and white (so crisp) but often associate that with the Holocaust.

  • jodie
    Posted at 20:47h, 17 February Reply

    I do love stripes. When I first started blogging, I remember not understanding the draw. But now that I adore print mixing, they seem to have replicated in my closet, haha.
    Great examples Jess,
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Rena
    Posted at 13:54h, 17 February Reply

    I’m quite fond of stripes and seem to be buying a lot of it lately.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

  • Nipa | Fashionipa
    Posted at 09:44h, 17 February Reply

    I love a striped look if it has a fun twist – like that Mango dress! So fun! Xo Nipa

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