Saturday 17 March 2012

20 Modern Stripes including Loft, Armani Jeans, Max Mara Weekend and Jasper Conran

Armani Jeans Striped Sequin CardiganThere’s a definite divide between those who are natural stripe wearers and those who are not. Put me for example into anything striped and I’m likely to feel quite ill at ease most of the time, as I’m just not that striped dress/top/bag/shoes person.

When the sun comes out however, and nautical stripes become somewhat more natural, and particularly as they are a perennial trend, you may feel the urge to go for stripes, as a dress, jacket, cardigan, shoes or bag, and to wear with jeans or casually tailored.

If you have a curvy figure stripes present even more of a problem, as they’re most likely to make you look shorter and wider.  There are certain types of stripes that work best, accessories being the least threatening, and the most flattering stripes are those that are close together or in muted colours.

There’s an art to making stripes look fresh and modern, it’s all too easy to churn out the same old styles.  Loft is one of the stores I always have a browse in in the US, it’s very reasonably priced and often has some easy to wear casual dresses and jackets.
 Black and White Striped Dress Varigated Sweater Jacket Loft Navy and White Striped DressLoft striped jacket
You can order from Loft via and you may find that despite the duty and postage you’re still getting a good deal compared to prices and styles in the UK. 

Having said that there’s an abundance of stripes here too including wearable dresses and sexy shoes.  Here are my favourites.
Black and ivory striped maxi dressJoules Striped Dress   Marc by Marc Jacobs striped cardigan  Navy and Ivory striped dress Banana Republic striped jacket
French Connection Matelot Stripe DressKaren Millen Striped DressWeekend by Max Mara Striped JacketKaliko Striped Dress FennWrightManson striped dress
And finally, if you’d rather accessorise your stripes, here are some of the options.

Ted Baker Striped Shoe 2  Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply striped anchor tote Faith striped feather shoes J Jeans by Jasper Conran Striped Bag Charlotte Olympia Striped Wedge

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