Stripes: A Shopping and Styling Guide to the Most Reliable Print

The big-money questions in fashion are of perpetual relevance: Which print should one back for the new season? How to wear stripes? To stripe or not to stripe at all? Is gingham cooler than floral dresses now? Press pause, and let’s clear up one general misconception: Stripes won’t ever lose their cool factor. Stripes will always be “in.” They’ve migrated from bring an occasional flourish to being a mainstay in the fashion conversation.

Just ask former U.S. Vogue colleagues Meredith Melling and Valerie Boster, who set up their brand La Ligne around the pattern. “No matter the season, stripes proved to be timeless, classic staples,” Boster told British Vogue. And so the simple stripe has transcended the trend stratosphere as it proves to have mileage way beyond the 110 mph pace of the seasonal circuit. So how should you wear stripes now? Below, we’ve decoded how the street style set is wearing them. Click through to see and shop our favourite striped pieces.

Style Notes: Camille Charrière proves there are more ways to wear stripes than classic Breton tops and midi dresses. Take your cue from the style supremo and try swapping your go-to tee for a blouse and team with high-rise jeans and block heels for the ultimate off-duty outfit.

Style Notes: A simple way to make your swimsuit work harder this summer? Simply style it with midi skirts, jeans and high-waisted chino trousers. Trine Kjær gave us all a lesson in swimwear styling for daytime, teaming her Weekday one-piece with a wrap skirt and sunnies.

Style Notes: Striped jumpers are hugely popular year-round, as Pernille paired her Ganni style with off-duty denim and a colourful pair of sunnies.

Style Notes: If you’re not big into the classic striped-tee-and-jeans combo, why not try a midi skirt instead? Laura Tønder paired her asymmetric skirt midi with a logo T-shirt and chunky trainers for an easy weekend look.

Style Notes: When it comes to holiday packing, Thora Valdimars proves that a simple striped linen dress looks every bit as stylish with flats during the day as it would over swimwear at the beach.

How to Wear Stripes: Caro Daur


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Style Notes: Caro Daur’s silky wide-leg striped trousers aren’t just for beach holidays, as they look amazing paired with her white trainers and chunky knit.

How to Wear Stripes: Striped Blue Dress


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Style Notes: A striped shirtdress is a wardrobe classic, and it can be updated with current accessories such as bright blue boots and cat-eye sunglasses.

How to Wear Stripes: Side-Striped Trousers


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Style Notes: A single stripe can be just as punchy as any jazzy striped item, and these red trousers with a white stripe will start the conversation.

How to Wear Stripes: Camille Charrière


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Style Notes: We can’t talk about stripes without talking about Breton tees. French influencer Camille shows one of the coolest ways to wear it is with a clashing print.

How to Wear Stripes: Tine Andrea


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Style Notes: A striped button-down shirt always looks expensive. When paired with jeans and ankle boots, you’ve got a timeless, effortless look.

See? Stripes are anything but boring. They work perfectly for any time of the year, if you ask us.

Opening Image: Camille Charrière

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