FASHION FROM ABROAD: Earning Your Stripes

Stripes have always been a formidable and popular print with women, especially during the summer. There are quite a number of choices when it comes to stripes: horizontal, vertical, thin, thick and the type of person you are and your shape reflects in this simple pattern that adorns our clothes.

A few years ago, Breton stripes were all the rage. Every Fashionista from Alexa Chung to Elle Macpherson was seen sporting the nautical style that is synonymous with summer, sea and blue skies. However, in the last couple of seasons, people have steered clear of the safe navy and white stripe that is instantly linked with Breton and gone in a different direction. Like the leopard print strolled out of fashion to let its very stylish cousin the tiger print in, the stripe has gone in all sorts of crazy directions and it has become a question of ‘how do you wear yours?’

This Fashionista is certainly sporting her stripes with pride. With this kind of print, it’s all about the outfit you wear it with that makes it stand out in the fashion line-up.To get this look is easy, it’s simple and chic and so en vogue right now that all the shops are in on the secret. Try looking in vintage stores for some striped tops that no-one else has, because there is nothing worse than having the same outfit as everyone else!

If you’re looking for edgy style, look for metallic skinny jeans or leather leggings and boots that create that dark, mysterious look you’re after. If you prefer to keep the outfit feminine and girly, finding a loose top and tucking it into a skirt or even getting a Breton-style t-shirt dress is a stylish but casual way to sport those stripes.

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