The spring and summer months in the UK can be a bit erratic weather-wise – one day can be a snap heat wave and the next monsoon weather. One thing that is for sure though is the fact that we enjoy shedding our heavy layers of clothing in favour of lighter pieces that give us that wonderful joie de vivre of the season. And stripes are a big part of this seasonal look.
Maybe it’s because stripy pieces tend to be made out of lightweight cotton, or perhaps it’s because they are quite good at disguising perspiration. Whatever the reason, our fashion love affair with stripes is probably never going to end. Enjoy the season in the stripiest way possible.
Lilac is one of the biggest colours to hit the catwalks for this season, and the shade is going to be simply everywhere. And if you think that pastels aren’t quite your thing, do reconsider when it comes to lilac. Its delicate hue suits pretty much every skin type and colouring, and it is a great and perhaps slightly classier alternative to pink. So look out for stripy fashion pieces in lilac and white for a nod to the colour trend whilst still sporting some stripes.
For one of the most classic of summery striped looks, we’ve got to cross the English Channel to seek some inspiration from our Gallic neighbours. A Breton top in navy and white stripes is just such an easy unisex piece to wear that we’re not surprised that it’s never gone out of fashion. We suggest buying one that’s of a really good quality, since it’s the type of piece that you’ll be wearing for years to come. The number in the image is from iconic French brand Petit Bateau, and they have got a wonderful range of stripy cotton tops to keep you cool and looking chic this season.
Another unisex style staple, everybody should own a good pinstripe shirt since it is such a versatile piece and perfect for a smart-casual look. Again like for the Breton top, shop one that’s of really good quality since with proper care it’ll see you though many seasons. Ralph Lauren in particular do some great shades and fits, so check them out for an affordable designer piece that you’ll be able to wear lots.
And for the look of a gent that’s about to set out on a punt with a picnic, a lightweight seersucker jacket is such a fun look, and one that is reminiscent of the roaring 20s. Be brave and choose a pastel shade to keep the look in theme, and wear with a pair of classic chinos and boat shoes to really complete the vintage look.
Stripes will always be in style, so do think about the quality of the stripy garments that you do buy, since you’re sure to revisit them in your wardrobe again and again.