Guide to Trendy Stripes for Spring

Designers have had their way, stripes have made their mark throughout all major retailers including American Apparel, The Gap, Abercrombie and have even hit discount shops like, Target, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.

Breton Stripes

Breton stripes are the most popular style trend this year. A classic style, Breton stripes originate from Brittany, France. The were inspired by the French Navy’s uniform. The original versions showed navy and white horizontal stripes with ¾ sleeves and a bateau neckline also known as the marniere. Coco Chanel put the glam into the look when she brought the marniere from the water to the runway.

Color Theory

Aside from the classic navy and cream, black and cream dominate the racks, but you will also find red, olive, burgundy and other brights. The shape of garments also vary widely. Everything from knit tops and blouses, dresses, striped shoes, scarves, and even rings have bold lines of color.

Color is the most important factor when it comes to clothes and it doesn’t get better than having the best samples from wholesale clothing suppliers in the UK for good measure.

Wide Load, No!

No need to worry about the old fashion rule that says stripes will make you look fat. Thin, even stripes actually have a slimming effect. A medium sized color stripe with the equal width opposite color is the best look. Focus on the width of the stripe, not the striped pattern itself. Open necklines that show collarbone are especially flattering.

Back in Time

Coco Chanel debuted this look back in the 30’s with wide-leg pants and this look is just as fresh today. Add a thin belt to cinch and bring the focus on your waistline. Pair with skinny pants ala’ Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style. These two looks, although taken from the past, will not date. Steer clear of over-accessorizing though. Adding a beret can be a bit too cliché, too many colors, confuse and stripes upon stripes is just overkill. One striped garment is enough.

To Bling, or Not to Bling

Let the stripes do most of the talking. Pull back on the bling. Keep it fresh and simple. Choose classic jewelry such as; medium hoop earrings, bangle bracelets or a choker.

Stripe Tease

If you want to add a little bit of this trend into your wardrobe, consider a long striped scarf. Drape it over your LBD for a classy take on this trend. Allow just a peep at your trendy stripes by covering a striped shirt with a military jacket or wear a striped tank top under a solid sweater. Striped wedges worn with a new light denim skirt adds a little pep to your step.

Best of Both Worlds

This classic look is comfortable and inexpensive to incorporate into your wardrobe, while still being touted as a trendy look. Since it is a tried and true style, wearing a striped shirt doesn’t have the same flighty vibe as other trends of the past, neon anyone?