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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Stripes Hype

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What is it about striped clothing that has captivated so many throughout the years? Nautical stripes continue to be associated with European chic, a type of American preppy-style and a widely beloved clothing item in many countries; however, varsity striped clothing and rugby striped garments are just as impactful. Maybe, this is the reason it is inevitable that no matter what type of stripes you prefer, nautical, varsity, zebra or pinstripes you will certainly be right on target with the trends if that is your goal. You can always look stylish in striped attire.

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Could this be the reason that retro style icons were often photographed wearing a nautical top?  It is more than likely the very same reason that modern celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss and Taylor Swift are frequently photographed wearing a nautical striped top. I must take a moment to thank Coco Chanel for making nautical prints so very popular among the well- attired. She was a frequent champion of nautical tops and practiced what she preached since she was seen out and about on several occasions wearing a nautical striped top.

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Other celebrities like Alexa Chung are just as attracted to varsity stripes as they are to nautical stripes. I recently read an article that indicated It girls, like Alexa Chung, are bringing back the varsity stripe. My visceral response to that article is that varsity stripes did not go anywhere so how can they be brought back?

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Unlike some clothing items that are solely synonymous with an uptown girl or those that are synonymous with a downtown lady nautical striped clothing crosses the divide between the two. They are worn by downtown divas and urban fashionistas alike. It is quite interesting really. Nautical striped tops, pants and skirts are a beloved wardrobe item amongst those whom are fashion-addicted as well as those whom don’t have an unending hunger for fashion.  I think it is fairly safe to bet that a nautical striped top can be found in a large majority of closets, armoires or dresser drawers across the globe.  

Is as much attention given to varsity and rugby stripes? Not in my opinion. Varsity and rugby stripes remain popular prints and deserve just as much attention.

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It is beyond impressive that striped apparel pairs so well with many other wardrobe items as well as a multitude of other prints. I bet if you tried you could quickly come up with a long list of items that match to perfection with a nautical striped top, for instance. Don’t even get me started on pairing nautical striped clothing with khaki and white. I can only describe these pairings as beyond rapturous. I could go on about how easily stripes pair with other prints too but why bother when I can let pictures do the talking for me?
 
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Rugby stripes are certainly just as commanding as nautical stripes, in my opinion. The major difference of course is that rugby stripes have a tendency to be a mix of bold colors like blue and yellow, orange and blue. Varsity stripes, however, often may just accent a garment. This is often seen when stripes are incorporated on the sleeves of garments or at the neckline.



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Rugby stripes can also be dynamic when they include the pairing of a bright shade with white. Nautical stripes, on the other hand, are most synonymous with white and a secondary color; notably, blue, red and white. Pinstripes don’t garner as much attention. I think this is because they are so synonymous with conservative clothing which is just the right type of attire for certain office environments. I confess when I struggle with what to wear some mornings, on occasion, I reach for my pinstripe trousers and a basic button-down shirt. I tend to go bold with my attire but some mornings I just want to create an effortless look. Stripe print garments are enough of a statement for me on some days. The looks below certainly make a point don't they?

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I simply must mention the fashionable effect that zebra striped apparel has on those gazing upon the wearer. Of course, this is true only if you favor zebra stripes. As a lover of animal prints in general I admit that I do. What about you? Regardless of how you feel about zebra stripes you have to admit that they do make a statement.

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Now, it’s your turn to share your love for striped clothing. What is your favorite striped print or do you love them all equally? The bottom line is do you believe the hype about stripes? Are they synonymous with chic or over hyped? Don’t be shy. You know how much I love to read your comments. Take a look at the coats below while you think about

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I leave you now with a couple of my favorite runway looks. Until next time my friends, stay stylish!

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82 comments:

  1. Hola Sharon! He de confesar que yo apenas uso las rayas, no sé porqué pero no tengo apenas nada.
    Las rayas, es ese estilo que se reinventa mil veces y siempre tiene millones de seguidores. Los zapatos del principio y el vestido con corbata me han enamorado. Como siempre un post de gran calidad y con una selección de imágenes impecable.
    Besos

    Te espero en
    http://www.diseneitorforever.blogspot.com.es

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    1. Thank you, Emilia, for your comment. Stripes are endlessly stylish and I think in some ways addictive. It seems like once a fashionista buys her first striped garment she is bound to continue to add stripes to her wardrobe.

      Sharon

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  2. Love stripes! Such a classic and chic pattern! Love the shoes in the first two pictures!

    Mel
    http://girlandthepolkadot.blogspot.com/

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    1. The shoes are fabulous. They are Christian Louboutins. I really, really love them. Stripes are so irresistible in their appeal. I am so glad you visited, Mel, and hope we can continue to stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  3. I believe stripes will always be a chic staple in every wardrobe, whether you wear it on a shirt, jacket, jeans, etc. Except Robin Thicke's VMA beetlejuice looking pants LMFAO. But even so, its so euro, its classic americana, and its such a statement without going overboard. I have so many striped (horizontal) pieces that I love it. Vertical stripes are a different story, im still on the fence about vertical, i mean a certain bodytype can probably pull that off.

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    1. You are right about vertical stripes. Horizontal stripes are the same too. Stripes, in general, can be a challenging print. Horizontal stripes can make the wearer look bigger while vertical stripes can given a lengthened appearance. It is all about choosing the best stripe pattern for one's figure type. Your comments are always so detailed and thorough. I appreciate so much the consideration you give to my post. It means so much to me since I spend so much time working on a single post. Let's continue to stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  4. Great selection !!!
    nice!
    Ann'so M
    http://annsom.blogspot.fr/

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    1. Hi Ann'so.

      Thank you for visiting. I am glad you like some of the looks I featured in this post. I tried to choose a wide variety of stripes just to demonstrate how versatile stripe patterns are.

      Sharon

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  5. Love the stripes. xx

    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

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    1. They are terrific, Nina. I sometimes have to steer myself away from buying stripe prints so I don't become the stripes lady :). If I could afford the stripe shoes from Christian Louboutin that are featured in this post though there would be no stopping me from buying them.

      Sharon

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  6. I adore stripe clothing. Especially combination with red. This is just perfect!

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    1. Aleksandra, I completely agree with you. There is something about red that brings out the best in stripe prints and I am not biased because red is my favorite color. Blue and white and black and white stripes pair with red in such a captivating manner. I love adding red shoes and a handbag to stripe ensembles for that reason.

      Sharon

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  7. I love this trend my sweet Sharon
    Amazing pictures.
    Kisses
    Maggie D.
    <a href="http://www.indiansavage.com”> Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion Blog </a>

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. I was just considering how many stripe print garments I have. I get so reflective when I am writing a post so it makes me so happy when my readers respond. I cherish your continued support of my blog.

      Sharon

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  8. Dear Sharon , I always like your posts but in my opinion this
    Is one of your bests. Beautiful photos, clever choises and a very good article. I love stripes....zebra stripes.... black and white stripes in clothes with pink, yellow, red accessoires.


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    1. Eirini:

      Thank you for your kind words. I keep working diligently to create quality posts so it means so much when I receive a comment such as yours. Zebra stripes are among my favorite stripe prints. I have quite a few zebra print shoes. I think sometimes that I have a zebra print addiction. LOL

      Sharon

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  9. I love Zebra stripes especially on shoes. Very interesting post, Sharon, as always.

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  10. Me encantan este estampado, unas imagenes preciosas!!
    Bsss guapa
    http://unvestidorconideas.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. It still amazes me that stripes are always so popular. I don't even think of them as a fashion trend. They are just a timeless print.

      Sharon

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  11. Beautiful inspiration. I love anything in stripe!!!
    www.effortlesslady.com

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    1. Thank you, Diana. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      Sharon

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  12. You must have esp, I just ordered a striped dress. For myself, stripes remind me of class and well bred. I immediately think of Audrey and Jackie O. It is the epitome of classic dressing.

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    1. Thanks, Glenda. I also think of Audrey too and Brigitte Bardot. I think it is terrific that stripe prints are still revered today.

      Sharon

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  13. Stripes are classic and a wardrobe essential. I like them on boxy tee's and mini dresses. X

    http://www.blancivory.com

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    1. Hi, Amy:

      Yes, they are. I like them on t-shirts and button-downs. I also like pinstripe prints on tailored trousers. Stripes are so very versatile. Thanks for commenting.

      Sharon

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  14. Let me be frank : I always was afraid of stripes, cause I'm small and I always was afraid that they gonna make me look fat, but I really enjoy them on others.
    xoxo
    http://pandamone.blogspot.com/2014/10/autumn-aurora.html
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    1. Hi, Maja:

      I always appreciate your frankness. I have a petite frame. I have found that I am drawn to black and white horizontal stripes. I like the look of that particular stripe print the most but I also like blue and white prints. I have a couple of stripe print tops that look great when the rest of my outfit is monochromatic. I also love incorporating stripe print shoes into outfits with a touch of red. They look great with bold colors. Stripes are definitely do not meet everyone's preference and that is ok.

      Sharon

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  15. I really love the stripes trend. Is stylish and chic. Classic and allways stunnig. Also I love zebra stripes as animal print super fan. ;)
    Great post Sharon as always!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend dear!
    www.myladytrends.com

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    1. Thanks, Rosa. I appreciate your comment, as always. I adore zebra prints too. I own at least two pairs of zebra print heels. One pair with a red heel. I love matching stripes with a bold color like red.

      Sharon

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  16. Great great post Sharon! Now you got me thinking what it is about stripes. I'm new to the prints game. I've tried florals and I'm thinking I must explore some stripes as well. Awesome images all of them, I'm going shopping, :-). http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi, Idu:

      I am so glad you enjoyed reading this post and that it inspired you just a bit. You always dress so stylishly. I would love to see how you incorporate stripes into your ensembles. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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  17. Thank you Sharon for your lovely feedback on my blog :)

    Totally love the stripes here, as a Parisian, here it's deffo a "must have"

    xo

    www.oohleila.com

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    1. Yes, stripes will forever have that Parisian flair. I am so glad you visited. Thanks for your comment.

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  18. Hi there! Stripes have been around forever and I don't believe they are going anywhere!! Great post Sharon! Have a great week.....

    Tab

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    1. Thanks, Tab. I hope you have a great week also.

      Sharon

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  19. Love the stripes!

    http://life15juicy.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi, Molly:

      I am glad you enjoyed reading the post. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Sharon

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  20. Great post !!.
    I love the striped fabric clothing, especially t-shirts.
    Your post has inspired me for my new looks.
    http://www.pperlenoirstyle.com

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    1. Thank you so much. I am happy you found some inspiration in this post. Let's stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  21. Thanks for your lovely comment... Amazing looks: LOVE strippes!!! And you have a great blog as well dear: FOLLOW you right now!!! Hope you like/follow my blog too!!! I'll be waiting for you!!!

    *Keep in touch ;)
    ABSOkisses!!! Fanny J. ABSOmarilyn

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    1. Thanks, Fanny. I enjoyed your blog as well. I will follow back.

      Sharon

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  22. Stripes are classic! I love stripes pants and tops! Very versatile to mix&match!

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    1. Hi, Gail:

      I appreciate your comment. Stripes are absolutely a timeless print and so easy to match with other types of prints as well as bold colors.

      Sharon

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  23. great inspiration!
    kisses

    http://lestyledelapetiteblonde.blogspot.com.es/

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  24. Love all of it!! Just can't go wrong with stripes! Form classic style to more trendy and edgy. Another great post!

    Xo
    Ro
    www.twentyeightvia.blogspot.com

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    1. You described the appeal of stripes so perfectly, Ro.

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  25. I am loving the red striped skirt up there ,the pictures make it had to choose which one i like best,they are all gorgeous. Great post dear.


    www.stylenbeautylounge.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Uzo. I am really glad you like some of the items and looks featured here.

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  26. Striped are amazing! I love that striped hgh waisted bodycon skirt in combination with cop top, and skinnies are great!
    Would you like to follow each other?Let me know!
    PS I would appreciate it if you check out/CLIck sheinside link in my latest post:)
    Thank you <3

    fashion-babel.blogspot.com

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    1. I find stripes to be such an endlessly appealing print. I love that skirt also. It is so cute. Yes, let's follow each other. I did have an opportunity to review your blog and enjoyed your recent post. I can certainly check out the link. I'm following you now. I hope you can follow back.

      Sharon

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  27. Nice post... :)
    www.fashionwithsmile.com

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    1. Thank you, Nevena. I very much appreciate your comment. I am happy you visited my blog.

      Sharon

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  28. No. stripe shoes looks amazing! Great post about stripes Sharon!

    http://freshisyummy.blogspot.com/2014/10/baby-dont-lie.html

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  29. Soy adicta a este estampado. Me encanta!!!
    Besos
    http://unachicasual.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. I agree so much. Stripe prints are so very appealing. Thanks so much for your visit, Cristina.

      Sharon

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  30. Want them all!!! X

    www.carlaginola.com

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    1. Carla:

      I am glad you like so many of the pieces featured in this post. I love so many of them too. I definitely would love to add the shoes to my collection.

      Sharon

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  31. I'm really enjoying the stripe trend. There is something really chic about stripped clothing and shoes.
    I totally enjoyed this post Sharon.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Keisha. It is always great to hear from you.

      Sharon

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  32. I love how you started out your stripe post with shoes!! I love striped clothing, but striped heels, runners, any footwear, really steals my heart every time!

    xo Cristina

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    1. Thank you, Cristina. I just love those shoes so much. I had to put them at the top. I have a couple of pairs of striped shoes but I could always use more :).

      Sharon

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  33. Wow pretty! Try to visit www.robecart.com they have nice dresses and accessories too!

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    1. Hi, Aimee:

      I will certainly have to visit Robecart's site. I am so glad you visited my blog. Thanks for the comment.

      Sharon

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  34. Bellissima la cappa LV!
    Marina
    http://www.maridress.blogspot.it/

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    1. Hello, Marina:

      They are so beautiful. I am happy you enjoyed viewing those that I featured here.

      Sharon

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  35. Buona domenica!!!!
    http://www.maridress.blogspot.it/

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    1. Thanks so much, Marina. I am glad you enjoyed this post.

      Sharon

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  36. Bella selezione,i modelli Valentino sono super!
    http://piubuonepiubelle.blogspot.it/

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    1. Hello, Tinetta.

      I am so glad you like this trend too. Valentino's collection of capes are truly magnificent.

      Sharon

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  37. Stripes are classic, it's something that will never go out of style!
    xo from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo
    http://www.trenchcollection.com/

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    1. You are absolutely correct, Sonia. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  38. thanks for stopping by my blog! i'm looking forward to your new blog posts and styling ideas!
    greetings from Italy,
    Sonia Verardo
    http://www.trenchcollection.com/

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    1. Thanks so much, Sonia. I also look forward to your future posts. I hope you have a great New Year.

      Sharon

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  39. me gustan mucho las rayas blancas y negras.

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    1. Black and white stripes are so visually enchanting. Thanks so much for your comment, Inma.

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  40. lovely post, super cool outfit.
    http://oyebamireismail.blogspot.com/

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    1. Happy you like it. This is one of my favorite of the posts I have done. The process of finding so many interesting stripe print looks was amazing.

      Sharon

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