Bold stripes are among one of this season’s biggest trends. Last year when Marc Jacobs and Moschino unveiled their bold Spring/Summer 2013 collections they created a stripe frenzy. The runways were filled with elegant clothing adorned with the bold pattern. Needless to say, I’m slightly obsessed. The pattern has been worn throughout history by classic beauties such as Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn and was also a favorite of the artist Pablo Picasso. There are not many other patterns that have remained as elegant and timeless.
There is a wide variety of ways to work stripes into your wardrobe—compatible with any style from punk to prep. Since I moved to Boston almost two years ago I have noticed an overwhelming amount of nautical stripes. While I love the preppy nautical look, this season my favorite is bold black and white stripes. The high contrast pattern is an easy way to add a sleek and graphic punch to an outfit. Pair it with some simple basics or mix the the stripes with a soft floral pattern.
If you don’t have any black and white stripes in your closet, now is the perfect time to scour stores for the perfect piece. Some of my favorite finds of the season include this ASOS mini dress, this Marc Jacobs purse, and this Express blouse. This trend will carry over into the Fall season so consider getting a stripped blazer for slightly colder weather.
In the pictures below Lorna Stell models her favorite stripped piece. Illustrations by me (Gabi Anderson).