Fashion-able: Don’t stray from stripes

It started with twinsie moments, as members of our office kept showing up in outfits adorned with stripes. Then Joe Fresh hit, New York Fashion Week began and it turned out that we were right on the trendy ball. Stripes are running rampant all over Toronto and beyond.

A dress by Victoria Beckham, NYFW F/W 2012

The style is a clean segue from the colour blocking trend. It’s suitable for both men and women, and frankly, we feel the more stripes, the better. 

A jacket on the Rag & Bone runway at NYFW F/W 2012

If you are curious how to incorporate stripes into your everyday wear, we’re here to help.

1. Try a striped tee under a blazer with a mini or cigarette/skinny pants. Think leather leggings. Add an arm party ,or a ton of chunky, funky rings, and you’re set.
2. Go one step further and tuck a striped tee or sweater into a high-waisted skirt. People can be wary of stripes, especially when horizontal. Tucking the stripes in will highlight your shape.
3. For a pared-down striped look, striped flats or wedges can add pop to a neutral outfit.

They say what goes around comes around and fashion is no exception. Here is some style inspiration from some style icons. We’re not the first to love stripes of all sorts.

Coco Chanel:


Audrey Hepburn:


Edie Sedgwick:


The return of the stripes is one trend to embrace. Combine that with a marine-inspired look (stay tuned for our next trend alert post) and you’re nautical by nature.