Since 1917, when Coco Chanel premiered striped shirts that were inspired by the look of Parisian dock workers, bands of color have made regular appearances on the catwalks. This year is one of those “in” years for stripes, and from the red carpet to the catwalks, this trend is starting to set the tone for 2017.
It is not a case of equally-spaced lines in two alternating colors, either. The fashion world has thrown every number, every color, and every thickness into the mix, and the result will have you reaching for your wallet to pack out that closet with every kind of striped apparel imaginable.
Horizontal stripes are huge, but by no means the only way of sporting this flattering trend. Thin, pinstripe like diagonals on this fabulous pair of pants show that horizontal and vertical stripes are not your only options.
If flowing palazzo pants are not your thing, don’t worry – there are plenty of stripes to go around for everyone, we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.
Consider yourself more of a big and bold type? Then maybe this magnificent dress from Proenza Schouler might be the centerpiece of your wardrobe this season.
At the Spring Summer 2017, shows in Paris, Milan, London, and New York Mulberry were showing pinstripes, and Marques’ Almeida was showing big bold stripes in big bold colors. This example from Mulberry is worn with incredibly cute striped boots for additional contrast.
If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as the high-fashion catwalks (and let’s face it, most of us fall into that category), the rest of the fashion world has your well-clad back.
Pringle of Scotland featured this tight-knit, multi-striped dress from Fran Stringers Resort collection as well as a number of Breton stripe-inspired pieces that could add a small dash of whimsey to an outfit or be layered together for the boldest of looks.
When asked about the importance of stripes on this year’s trends, Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. said: “Stripes are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day. They have nine lives. We’ve seen the trend now for two to three seasons, and it will continue to carry forward.”
This is good news for those of us who like to invest in high-quality pieces but hate to see them go out of fashion so quickly. With the kind of reassurance we have from Patel and her fellow experts, it is safe to go out and splurge on that particular item that says “Hello everybody, I’m here!” without having to worry about relegating it to the back of your closet when the next season comes around.
So forget about those ideas you had about horizontal stripes making you look wide or vertical stripes making you look short. Throw away those preconceptions that tell you stripes must be similar bands of monotoned colors. Go out and drape yourself in some of the glorious stripped offerings available this season and rock them.