With British Summer time playing true to form, one minute blistering heat, the next torrential down-pours, its so tough to know what to put on in the mornings. My personal favourite, and I have many, many different styles, is a stripe.
There is something so summer about a stripe, offering a nautical vibe that is classic yet contemporary, you can toughen them up by teaming with ripped jeans and animal prints, or go for the Sloane Ranger style in white jeans and pumps. Its an ageless pattern that you’re bound to find hanging in wardrobes from newborns to your Granny.
The Breton stripe came to be in March 1858, it was the uniform for all French Navy seamen in Brittany, and the original design, in navy and white, featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories. Of course now we are lucky enough to find them in all manner of colour combinations, and not just confined to our top half, but there is still something very French about a Breton teamed with jeans and ballet pumps.
I was recently introduced to Swedish brand Gudrun Sjoden, they’ve been offering fashion with a sustainable design for over 35 years. I love the way Gudrun talks about her love for contrast and surprising colour combinations, she likes mixing stripes with bold prints and patterns. For me this is also a quick and easy way to change up the look of your stripes, especially if it’s a top you may have had in your draw for a long time. Try adding a bold scarf, huge jewels or tribal a necklace, it’s surprising what an instant outfit changer this can be.
Earlier in the week I was rocking out my Gudrun stripe top (in serious blogger pose and the fool I really am) when the sun actually was shining. This is their Essential Stripe Sweater made from an eco-cotton, it’s really versatile and an incredible fit – the last thing you want is wonky stripes if your top is too tight!
So with all this in mind, plus the storms which are coming our way this week, I’ve pulled together a round up of my favourite stripes for every occasion, whether that’s last minute holiday buys or getting your wardrobe ready for the autumn season that’s fast approaching!