THE CON­VER­SA­TION

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Kate Fin­ni­gan knows the right stripes for au­tumn

This sum­mer will be re­mem­bered as the sum­mer of the blue stripe. I mean, who hasn’t by now bought them­selves a blue striped shirt/top/off-the-shoul­der num­ber? I be­lieve it might even have been Zara’s global fash­ion pol­icy that fe­male cus­tomers en­ter­ing a branch of the store in the past six months were not al­lowed to leave with­out pur­chas­ing at least one blue striped gar­ment.

And so it is with re­gret that I must in­struct you to re­lease your hold on the lit­tle blue line. This goes too for the Bre­ton, I’m afraid. An in­vis­i­ble bound­ary has been drawn. Like that Amer­i­can rule of not wear­ing white af­ter Labor Day (what­ever that may be), I de­clare that from Tues­day 29 Au­gust un­til next Easter the hor­i­zon­tal­striped marinière must be put into hi­ber­na­tion and not seen. Sum­mer is over, peo­ple. OVER.

But the good news is that stripes are not dis­ap­pear­ing for au­tumn, merely ex­pand­ing their reper­toire. Your breezy, blue sum­mer stripe has been re­placed by Beetle­juice stripes, city stripes, pri­son stripes and 1970s-style stripes. Stripes will be com­ing at you stronger, bolder, and both darker and brighter than ever be­fore. You may feel an urge to wear a blan­ket-striped jacket as seen at Loewe, while the Kurt Cobain-style stripy over­sized cardi­gan was the new/old thing at both Chloé and Gucci. Dolce & Gab­bana took a line with a brown and black striped tai­lored suit. But you may choose to go in an­other di­rec­tion en­tirely with a di­ag­o­nal, make a point with a chevron or go crazy with a zigzag.

Will you do as the cat­walk de­sign­ers sug­gest and wear all your stripes at once? Al­though guar­an­teed to stand out, I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it. Stripes have power even when used spar­ingly. That’s the rule.

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