We’ve never met a stripe we didn’t like, and though our stripe du jour is a more utilitarian iteration rather than preppy or nautical, it’s just as fresh and fashionable. Narrow, closely placed carpenter stripes adorned everything this season from button-down oxfords to skinny jeans, offering a sophisticated twist on a classic motif and a flattering lengthening effect. We’ve rounded up a few chic stripey separates you should Go Buy Now, so continue reading for our picks.
On The Runway
Nowhere did carpenter stripes feature more prominently than Altuzarra’s S/S 13 collection, particularly in the workwear pieces, like the Navy Stripe Camila Suiting Blazer ($2050, 310.550.5900) and Navy Stripe Redwood Pants ($685, 310.550.5900). The tailored look—rendered in industrial-inspired carpenter stripes—creates a lean silhouette, broken up only by the jacket’s feminine peplum detail. Ready to earn your stripes? Read on to shop our must-haves.
On The Market
1. Paige Denim Kadie Shirt ($138, available mid-March) in Voyage Stripe
Make this crisp, striped button-down your daytime staple. For a fresh spring look, pair it with clean white skinnies and wedge sneakers.
2. Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny Railroad Stripe Jeans ($99)
These sleek, stripey skinnies are a cool upgrade from your basic blue jeans. Exude an understated downtown vibe by styling this pair with a relaxed t-shirt and pointed-toe heels.
3. Madewell Striped Mini Skirt ($68)
Sure, carpenter stripes are utilitarian and tough, but they can also have flirtatious appeal. Take Madewell’s chic mini skirt; worn with a pop-of-colour top and shrunken biker jacket, it makes for a great night-out look.
4. Lauren Jeans Co. Black & White Ticking Stripe Jean Jacket ($149)
Treat this subtly striped cover-up as you would your classic denim jacket. In other words, layer it over everything from casual sundresses to graphic t-shirts.
Altuzarra runway photo, courtesy of Altuzara.