All too often we play it safe and avoid patterns, even though we love them. Are there any golden rules for mixing and matching stripes, checks et al?
There can’t be many wardrobes that aren’t bulging with stripes and checks, from nautical Breton tops to gingham and punk and prep style checks, but put them all together and you risk looking like a migraine and forcing those around you to have a lie down in a darkened room.
The first rule of thumb is to flip proportions – so if you have a bold check make sure the stripe is subtle. The second is to keep it tonal without falling into the trap of being too “matchy-matchy” (to borrow a phrase from Anna Wintour). The third rule is not to go mad. Keep it simple with the rest of the outfit, such as shoes, bag and scarf.
This season says goodbye to Dorothy’s prim gingham pinafore! Brands such as GANT pulls from the 1980s and 1990s styling for today’s streets. The result is a collection that showcases retro preppy heritage, think bucket hats, striped sports-inspired cardigans, checked-trenches in bold primary hues and painterly pleated skirts in bright yellow, bold red, crisp white and jet black.
The result, a seasonal collection which paints the town in a bold palette. Think vivid subway tiles to the aisles of a supermarket, this SS21 is all about celebrating colourful city life, bold statement dressing and playful fashion expressions.