Let’s take a moment to salute the humble stripe. The neutral of the print world, stripes are a fashion staple that will never go out of style. We tend to think of stripes in very simple terms – vertical, horizontal, broad and pin. The time has come to broaden your mind when it comes to stripes and when we say broaden, we mean it. This season, stripes are not only wildly popular; they are also anything but simple. The new spring collections are zinging with stripes in every style you can possibly think of – horizontal, vertical, thick, thin, asymmetrical, chevron, zig-zag, swirly, bold, candy-colored metallic, stripes with pleats. Since the nautical look is also in for spring and summer, it makes sense that the classic navy and white stripe is getting its due. Few things look fresher than a striped Breton shirt with skinny white jeans. Take those same blue and white stripes, turn them on their head by making them asymmetric and incorporating them into an evening gown and you get a look that is equally fresh, but totally glamorous and unexpected. The overall fashion rule of thumb this season is more is more and the same style philosophy applies to stripes. Feel free to really get your stripe on by wearing bright and bold head-to-toe vertical stripes if you dare. By following the rule of three, no more than three patterns, and one print must be louder than the rest, you won’t go wrong. If the idea of stripes on stripes is too linear for you, try matching your stripes with floral prints and stripes and solids are an automatic no-fail. We can’t really talk about stripes without bringing up the style elephant in the room – unless you have a boyish figure, horizontal stripes aren’t necessarily wearer friendly. On the other hand, vertical stripes can be your body’s best friend if you are looking to elongate your figure. Vertically striped pants, skirts and dresses can make you look taller and leaner. To add a twist, try pairing a vertically striped shirt dress, over a white tee and skinny white jeans. “Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” Albert Einstein

Photography by: Elodie Durand