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.

Spring brings the Nautical look to Next

When it comes to Springtime, one trend reigns supreme. The nautical trend is an ever present in the cycle of yearly fashion, as the sun starts to appear, so do the stripes, the navy and white, and that oh so crisp cotton.

I don’t know why nautical style is such a popular trend. Maybe it is the fact that we associate sunshine with the seaside, with beaches and with swimming and sailing, and so items of apparel that reflect this particular obsession prove very fitting. Maybe it is the nature of the colours, the white and navy look both clean and smart, and seem to scream Summer? Whatever the answer is, the nautical trend never, ever goes away, and there can be hardly a wardrobe out there that doesn’t own something with a Breton stripe emblazoned on it.

This season, some of the best nautical fashion on the market is available at Next. This is, quite simply. a one stop shop for your holiday wardrobe. Those navy stripes have been added to some great spaghetti strapped sundresses, with drawstring waistbands making this a really comfortable trend. A navy striped blazer shows how this trend can be smart enough to wear for office and work wear, whilst a cool striped bag can be everything from a beach bag to an airport holdall. I love the addition of a touch of citrus lemon to the mix, this lifts the stripes into cool new territory, adding a nice (lemon) twist on the traditional.

Favourite pieces? I love the idea of wearing the woven cami with white skinny jeans. (It also comes in a gorgeous yellow too, click here to view this). I am also obsessed with the halter style maxi dress – imagine this with a white brimmed white sunhat and toe -post sandals. It would look amazing.

To view all Next stripes, click here. In the meantime, here are my favourite pieces.

Crew Cardigan £18-£30 click to visit Next

Crew Cardigan

Stripe Polo Dress £28 click to visit Next

Stripe Polo Dress

Two Layer Dress £20-£22 click to visit Next

Two Layer Dress

Tube Skirt £20 click to visit Next

Tube Skirt

Stripe Slip Dress £38 click to visit Next

Stripe Slip Dress

Stripe Slip Dress £38 click to visit Next

Stripe Slip Dress

Stripe Blazer £34 click to visit Next

Stripe Blazer

Yellow Stripe Tunic £40 click to visit Next

Yellow Stripe Tunic

Woven Cami £12 click to visit Next

Woven Cami

Compact Cotton Rich Capri Trousers £28 click to visit Next

Compact Cotton Rich Capri Trousers

Blue Stripe Scarf £14 click to visit Next

Blue Stripe Scarf

Navy And White Stripe Shopper Bag £20 click to visit Next

Navy And White Stripe Shopper Bag

Maxi Dress £36-£38 click to visit Next

Maxi Dress

Navy And Cream Stripe Strap Watch £24 click to visit Next

Navy And Cream Stripe Strap Watch

Sundress £22 click to visit Next

Sundress £22