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.

Boohoo.com – New trends and Monday Hotpicks

Boohoo is embracing the new season with a fabulous array of new trends. From stripes to spots, with a little bit of ultra cool denim thrown in, the new season is about exploring new trends and ideas. And for those who think that Boohoo is a little bit young for them, think again. Pencil skirts, wide legged Palazzo pants and slim legged trousers all make up part of the trend report, along with the usual array of skater skirts and flirty dresses.

Here are five pieces for Monday that will not only look fabulous in spring, but will be useful during the seasonal transition period between Winter and Spring. My favourite is that dotted pencil skirt – channeling Minnie Mouse is so this season!

Leanne 7/8th Slim Leg Polka Dot Trousers With Belt £22 click to visit Boohoo

Amy Tie Front Shirt with Pearl Collar £20.00 click to visit Boohoo

Veronica Monochrome Striped Leg Trousers £20 click to visit Boohoo

Minnie Polka Dot Printed Pencil Skirt with Belt £12 click to visit Boohoo

Wendy Dogtooth Open Back Detail Bodycon Dress £25 click to visit Boohoo

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