Fashion goes through cycles. One minute a trend is hot and the next minute it’s not. No style is ever really retired. It just takes a few years before a trend is announced the rage again by trendsetters and fashion editors. Despite what the trend may be for the season, some trends are timeless and can be worn season after season, year after year. Stripes are one of those classic styles that never seems to get stale.
Stripes are a universal style that can be worn by both men and women. The clean, crisp, and simple lines can be paired with anything to give anyone that quick, out the door look in record time. Whether you wear the style with jeans or khaki in loafers or ballet flats, it’s a decidedly low-key style choice. Stripes often stand out as an early summer style because of its nautical associations with being on a boat surrounded by the wide open seas. It’s a relaxed and uncomplicated look that’s easy to put together without really thinking too hard about it.
There has been a long standing rule of how to pick the stripes to add to your wardrobe. Depending on your figure and shape, many fashion experts say to stay away from horizontal stripes to avoid looking fat and opt for vertical stripes, which will almost always make you look slimmer. Why one set of stripes are more flattering than the other will be one of those baffling mysteries that will never be fully understood. Rather than completely take the fashion experts at their word, I always try both type of stripes in the fitting room to see what looks the most flattering on my body. When I think about the stripes I do own in my closet, they’re almost always of the vertical variety.
What I particularly like about stripes is how they’re kind of the anti-pattern alternative for those who aren’t into floral, polka-dots, or any other kind of patterns that fit that category. As someone who already appreciates simplicity, stripes has it in spades. It also helps to have that one style you can pull out of the closet and wear whenever you feel like it, if you’re not looking to follow the current trends of the season.
Do you enjoy wearing stripes?