Stripes are so ubiquitous in fashion they can hardly be deemed a trend, but a recent surge in striped styles has us reconsidering the humble pattern. Depending on the type of stripe you reach for, you can radically transform your look. Embrace the sporty/athleticwear trend in a rugby stripe, go Parisian chic in a classic Breton, or don a candy-colored stripe if you want to be center of attention. The choice is yours and the options are (nearly) endless. From pinstripes to awning stripes, there are many versatile, colorful patterns to choose from.
In this feature, Savoir Flair turns to the streets for inspiration and finds dozens of covetable examples of how to achieve the perfect striped ensemble. Browse through the gallery for inspiration, suggestions, and tips on how to adopt seven gorgeous stripe styles, influenced by some of the world’s most fashionable women.
Bright is beautiful, so rock this smart, colorful look one of two ways: by wearing head-to-toe color from your ensemble to your accessories, or by pairing a gorgeous candy-striped dress with more casual pieces like Adidas sneakers and a mod crossbody bag.
A dash of tropical color brightens up this candy-striped ensemble, which is complemented by adorable matching pumps and handbag.
Primary colors and neutrals clash against a white backdrop, making this T-shirt dress more of an artistic statement piece.
For an effortless summer look, a single stripe in a bright shade (like hot pink) is all you need to nail this trend.
For a smart, preppy twist, wear a candy-striped cardigan and arrange the hues of the rest of your ensemble according to the colors of the stripes.
This classic stripe used to belong to the realm of men, but you can steal the look by finessing the fit and pairing it with feminine counterparts, like pencil skirts, mini skirts, and split-front midi skirts.
Banker stripes can seem stuffy, so counteract the stigma by styling a banker-striped shirt casually (rolled sleeves, tied at the waist) and pair with an unexpected piece, like a woven pencil skirt.
Tone-on-tone looks great when mixing patterns. We love the way she blended a banker-stripe button-down with a similarly colored miniskirt.
Contrast embroidered pockets lend softness to the conservative banker-striped shirt, and casual sneakers are a great balance to this street-smart look.
Breton stripes are a gateway to the world of stripes, as they are simple, refined, and look good on practically everyone. To keep your outfit fresh, pair breton stripes with unexpected elements, like overalls, shredded denim, or a leather skirt.
Keep your Breton-striped top from being too boring by pairing it with an unpredictable piece, like a flared leather skirt.
For a more youthful approach to this look, a pair of coveralls, platform shoes, and a boater hat are all you need.
For a perfect casual day look, pair a Breton tee with slashed-up denim and a chic duster.
Capture Parisian sophistication with a more feminine take on the Breton by pairing it with a flared skirt and adorable flats.
Awning stripes have a tomboyish feel, but they are easily balanced with feminine accents, like chic dusters and sky-high heels. Make this festive summer look more sophisticated by wearing awning stripes head-to-toe in suit form or by experimenting with similarly toned mixed patterns.
Nail the “editor” look with a preppy awning-striped pair of trousers, a color-blocked tee, and a fantastic jacket.
This fashion-forward look boasts a jacket with overlong sleeves, cropped trousers, and a seriously enviable gray awning stripe. Copy down to the sneakers for a covetable summer ensemble.
Tuck your preppy awning-striped blouse into a high-waisted A-line skirt and you too will leap for joy in celebration of a perfectly polished look.
An oversized suit and an awning stripe are a recipe for a great tomboy look, and this loose-striped outfit is ideal, being more akin to loungewear than menswear.
Express your artistic side with the creatively arranged mixed stripe. Kristina Bazan’s mixed-stripe maxi is the perfect example of an effortless, on-trend look. You could also choose a more playful option like mixed-stripe separates or a colorful shirt dress.
Horizontal stripes on a lampshade top and vertically striped trousers prove that a simple twist of alignment is all you need to look fashion forward.
With mixed stripes running haphazardly all over the surface of this breezy maxi, it’s hard not to notice this stunning street style moment.
When in doubt, keep it simple. A fresh little mixed-stripe minidress makes for an effortless summer look.
Rather than mixing stripes yourself, let the designer do it for you. A shirtdress is transformed into a must-have piece with the addition of colorful stripes running in different directions.
Monochrome “jail” stripes are essential this season, especially if you manage to snag a pair of vertically striped trousers that make legs look a mile long. Additionally, a cute pair of striped shorts is an easy way to add more surface appeal to an all-white ensemble. If you’re on the curvier side, avoid this stripe if it’s too wide or runs in horizontal patterns, as it can add unwanted density to your silhouette.
An all-white look gets a boost of style with the addition of monochrome shorts. For bonus points, snag a clutch in a different pattern than the shorts.
Vertical jail stripes on a maxi skirt and a kicky pair of heels are all you need to add the illusion of model height to your appearance.
London dandies would be envious of this perfect androgynous look, which was achieved by pairing a slouchy blazer with an over-wide jail-striped pair of trousers.
You might feel pigeonholed in pinstripes, but this season’s crop of pinstriped suits is surprisingly versatile. Chiara Ferragni rocked a perfect 90s-grunge suit while other street style stars chose preppier versions like a pinstriped maxi and a pinstriped jacket over a breton-striped shirt.
Go grunge/goth in an oversized pinstriped suit and moto boots, then take it to higher ground by wearing a bralette underneath rather than a traditional top.
For a chic take on the pinstripe, go with something unexpected, like a pinstriped maxi skirt with thigh-high slits up the sides.