March 21, 2015

Earn Your Fashion Stripes with Farfetch

Recreate these looks and get inspired on the Farfetch website here, infographic courtesy of Farfetch
             Although most Londoners were left a little underwhelmed during yesterday’s solar eclipse due to some unwanted clouds, March 20th also signaled the first day of spring. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started preparing for the spring by ditching my dark ensembles and revamping my outfits with pops of color. The weather might be unpredictable, but one timeless trend that we can count on to accompany the arrival of spring is stripes. Spring/Summer 2015 looks to be no different with this tried and tested design.

             The versatility of stripes makes it very difficult to have a wardrobe malfunction. Indeed, they are a staple in my own closet. Vertical stripes conjure up the image of a crisp, collared shirt ironed to perfection for a job interview. Navy blue and white horizontal stripes are the classic embodiment of Parisian chic. Who could resist a young-faced Johnny Depp in his black and white striped prison uniform in the 90’s film Cry Baby? Going to jail never looked so good…Then there’s fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who has made sailor stripes his trademark across his 40-year career and not once have they looked out of place on the catwalk or on the shelves. This really is quite the sartorial achievement, especially considering that the fast turnover of the fashion industry means most trends are “out” before they are even “in.”

             Even the unsavory Freddy Krueger made a style statement in his chunky knit red and green striped sweater. We could go so far as to argue that the comic strip character Dennis the Menace is the original 2D mascot for stripes. To ensure you don’t channel either of these less than desirable characters, look no further than the Farfetch infographic provided above. Whether Fran├žoise Hardy, Cyndi Lauper, or Audrey Hepburn is your style icon, you too can earn your fashion stripes.

             To prove the lasting power of stripes, I needed to look no further than my style blog, A Stitch in Time. In May 2014, my outfit post consisted of a striped sweater and denim short dungarees. When I was shopping this weekend, what lined the racks of the stores? Dungarees and stripes, stripes, and more stripes.

Diamonds might be forever, but so are stripes. View my full outfit post here.