Once upon a time, stripes served a utilitarian purpose in the way of sailors and prisoners uniforms. Then, in 1917, Coco Chanel found herself fascinated with the uniform of the sailors in Brittany and incorporated the linear pattern into her collections. Fast forward to a century later, and stripes are in full view once again.
On the Catwalk
The leading fashion houses are putting a spin on stripes, taking them in a new tribal, quirky, and sexy direction. Any major designer "worth his/her stripes" is mixing the classic print with other daring patterns like leopard, floral, and Victorian paisley.
On the Red Carpet
Three of the "Best Dressed" looks at the recent SAG Awards were based in stripes. Fashion stylists were united in applauding these unexpected and bold choices, which stood out in a sea of standard chiffon and lace.
And at Shepherd's (of course)
Many of our collections feature striped pieces that will update both casual and special occasion wardrobes. We are showcasing wearable, subtle, classic, and funky striped pieces, leading us to believe that there IS a stripe for every personality!
Left & right: a straight leg pant and relaxed sleeveless top from NIC+ZOE's spring collection paired with the line's famous knit toppers. Centre: a high contrast stripe is not as minimizing for the silhouette, but the hourglass shape of this Joseph Ribkoff dress will keep the eye in motion for an ultra-flattering look.[/caption]
Stripes CAN be slimming! Contrary to what we have been told, the vertical or horizontal placement of stripes is not important. It is rather the width of the line and the contrast between the base colour and stripe colour. The wider the stripe, the more it will widen and draw the eye outwards; whereas, a narrower stripe will quickly draw the eye upwards and, therefore, is more slimming. Break up a wider stripe with a strategic accessory - long necklace, scarf, jacket - or only wear it on an area of your silhouette that you want to accentuate.
Left: using a long necklace to cut through a wider, bolder stripe, elongates the silhouette of this striped tunic from Joseph Ribkoff. Centre: Eileen Fisher's vaporous striped silk tunic looks oh-so-soft and is easy to wear. Right: Habitat's subtle strip pant is a spring/ summer wardrobe staple that combines with a wide variety of toppers.[/caption]