Fan Day Friday – Earning Your Stripes

When it comes to fashion, and especially Summer fashion, there is a style that consistently pops up in my wardrobe as the epitome of my style, and that is stripes. I love a stripe, I ignore all the perceived wisdom about who can wear stripes, and what sort of stripes you should wear depending on your body shape, and I just embrace the stripe for all it is worth.

A stripe is an enigma. It is a bit of fun (think candy stripes) that can also look super classic and stylish (pinstripe anyone). It can be described as nautical in navy and white, or French inspired – what is more iconic than a Breton stripe? It can come in literally any combination, from Chanel style monochrome to colour clashes, and frankly looks fabulous either way. I posted a picture wearing a much loved Jaeger dress in the sunshine on Monday and had so many comments saying the same thing ‘you can’t be stripes for Summer.’.

Earning my stripes

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Most of my celebrity style icons have had a style moment wearing stripes. Alexa Chung wears stripes with panache, keeping it simplistic with shorts or jeans for a carefree summer look.  Clemence Poesy works stripes into a red carpet look by adding a feathered skirt.  Margot Robbie shows how beautiful stripes can look on the red carpet in a glamorous, monochrome evening gown, whilst Kate Bosworth and Emma Stone use stripes as part of a more tailored look. Laura Bailey mismatches prints and textures into a stylish look with a striped jumper at it’s heart.

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Stripes are everywhere in stores this summer, and I have selected five of my favourite key pieces if you want to add a stripe to your summer wardrobe. Remember, they also make a great transitional piece so will still work when Autumn comes around.

Lucinda Knitted Dress £129 Click to visit Boden

Lucinda Knitted Dress £129 Click to visit Boden

Mix Striped Cold Shoulder Top Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Mix Striped Cold Shoulder Top
Price: £22.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Monochrome Stripe Pleated Fit and Flare Dress Price: £42.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Monochrome Stripe Pleated Fit and Flare Dress Price: £42.00 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Stripe Hanky Hem Dress £39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Stripe Hanky Hem Dress £39.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Stripe Button Front Jumpsuit £45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

Stripe Button Front Jumpsuit £45.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

This post is part of the Fan Day Friday series which aims to spread positive vibes for the weekend. Today I am linking up with one of my favourite bloggers and a lovely friend, Ting from The Ting Thing, please check out her friday faves here. Ting’s blog is full of glamour, expect food, beauty and cocktails a plenty.

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20 thoughts on “Fan Day Friday – Earning Your Stripes

  1. Stripes are perfect for summer. I have a couple of tops that I have had for ages, but when summer comes, I dig them out from the depths of wardrobes.

  2. I don’t have any stripes in my wardrobe. I love the monochrome dress from Dorothy Perkins though, could totally see myself in that!

  3. I don’t think I have any stripes in my wardrobe, but my two teen girls LOVE stripes, but I do love the jumpsuit

  4. I always avoid stripes, I don’t know why, but I need to keep trying to wear them! I love that yellow cut out shower striped top. Great to add stripes and a bit of colour!

  5. I am the same, I know people say where stripes that fit your body type but I never bother. If it looks good and I like it I am wearing it.

  6. People always say stripes make you fat but I love them too much to care! Great style inspiration and great outfit posts yourself 🙂

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