Many, many were the trends we got to see on last September’s runways and I thought we should open this Spring 2013 special with one of the strongest of the bunch: the Beetlejuice stripes. Stripes have always been considered delicate subject when it comes to wearing them. We’ve all been said the following: “Careful with that dress with the horizontal stripes, it’s gonna make you look instantly chunky”. And that ladies and gentleman, it’s absolutely false. It’s not about the stripes, but about the fit, how the garment is constructed, whether it flatters you body type or not. So loose that fear and start embracing them! And since we are not blaming the lines anymore, how about we make the most of this fabulous trend and start creating fun looks, packed with optical illusion.
WHO DID IT:
- Marc Jacobs / Jonathan Saunders / Dolce & Gabbana
- Moschino / Balmain / Michael Kors
Marc Jacobs went retro, Jonathan Saunders went bright, Moschino had a 60s take, Balmain gave them a 90s spin and Michale Kors went all rugby on his Spring 2013 collection. They are just a few of the designers who embraced this trend. You go for a total stripes look like creep childhood icon, Beetlejuice. You can mash them up with other prints such as squares (thank you, Louis Vuitton for that) or even florals or you can just wear one striped garment against a bunch of solids for a fun twist.
THE MUST-HAVE PIECES: A striped blazer, a pair of striped pants (tapered is my favorite style for stripes) and a jumper that you probably already have inside your closet (if you don’t, run out to buy it. A striped sweater is one of the timeless closet classics. Think the LBD of sweaters).
Now here’s a selection of striped garments you can find online to start building that Spring 2013 wardrobe. There’s an option for every budget!
- Jumper, Joseph
- Bag, Moschino
- Blazer, Lanvin
- Skirt, Balmain
- Dress, Marc Jacobs
- Mouse flats, Marc Jacobs
- Shorts, Raoul
- Jeans, Balmain
- Shoes, Sergio Rossi
- Blazer, Topshop
- Clutch, Lulu Guinness
- Jumper, We like Fashion
- Top, Marc by Marc Jacobs
- Dress, Topshop
- Jeans, River Island
- Flats, Target
- Shorts, Topshop
- Wedges, Pierre Hardy (super sale!)
There you go! Are you ready for the stripe invasion? I sure am! Just remember, you don’t have to stick to black and white. You can go with red, beige or even multiple colors! Your choice!
Illustrations: Ana Sofia Alanis
Image sources: Net-a-porter, Style.com, Topshop, Polyvore, Farfetch, River Island, Target
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