Whether they’re vertical, horizontal, diagonal, mixed or matched, stripes will forever remain the best looking lines in the whole wide world.
They’re the BFF that has it all: cool enough to wear during a casual day out running errands, polished enough to take out to dinner, relaxed enough to join you for a Netflix and chill session (and let’s all agree that this takes on a very literal meaning when you’re married – like, we actually watch Netflix whilst chilling). They’re also right there for you when you need a little confidence, making all the difference in a basic striped T-shirt, or crisp button down shirt.
Ever since Brigitte Bardot wore striped tees and shift dresses in the 60’s and 70’s, everyone with a fashion clue has resorted to this simple style. It carries a little French allure, and a lot of international cool.
I wear both vertical and horizontal stripes year-round, and whilst I once worked with a delightful human who thought it her right to remind me that ‘bigger girls shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes’ almost once a week, I feel like everyone’s grown a brain, and it’s finally fashionably acceptable for everyone to wear stripes of any direction!
Here are my top picks for stripe dresses, shirts and tees, heading into Australia’s Autumn/Winter season:
A striped dress is perfect for workwear, or almost any occasion when jeans and a stripe tee won’t cut the mustard. It looks so polished and sophisticated, but you ‘re just there feeling all comfy because you’re in the softest of fabrics!
A striped button-down shirt, in either a breezy linen or a crisp cotton is the perfect addition to every possible outfit, especially at this time of year. Throw over your togs when you move from the pool to the bar, or slip one on with a darker denim for instant attitude.
Of course, I’m saving the best for last – striped tops and tees. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a lifelong member of the stripe tee club (I believe our 2016 #teamstripes President, Veep and Secretary are Brooke of Blonde Ambition, Melissa of Suger Coat It and Peta of Trainee Mama… we convene regularly on social media!), and I am always looking for another perfect addition to my stripe tee shelf (which is now two shelves, but don’t tell BB, please).
Regulars here will also know that Winter is my least favourite season, and I only manage to get through July and August each year without depressive bouts of Seasonal Affective Disorder because it’s a great opportunity to wear stripe tees with jeans and blazers. Almost my favourite sartorial situation ever.