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 Your breezy, blue summer stripe has been replaced by Beetlejuice stripes, city stripes, prison stripes and 1970s-style stripes.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.