Friday 20 September 2019

Darren Kennedy: Line out for summer

Stripes are big again - in fact, the bigger the better

House of Holland SS18
House of Holland SS18
Delpozo stripe dress
Multi-coloured stripe skirt, €17.95, Zara
H&M jumper
New Look trousers
Lab Series Shave Solution

Saying stripes are, once again, a trend is a little like saying the trench coat is a classic.

Stripes are basically neutrals at this point. The good ole Breton stripe has long been a wardrobe staple for both men and women since it came into being over 150 years ago as a uniform for French Navy seamen. Just like the trench, it has stood the test of time and emerged from its former utilitarian existence to redefine itself as a go-to wardrobe must-have - becoming the epitome of Parisian easy dressing in the process. This summer offers a bolder interpretation, as designers have dared to rework the stripe into wider, more playful lengths that pack a bigger punch. In line with this season's newfound love of volume and fabric, the SS18 shows saw exaggerated, daring stripes dominate the runways. Bold versions in varying widths and colours appeared at House of Holland, Chanel, Etro and many more. 

Wish list

Delpozo stripe dress

Stripe print dress, €1,500, Delpozo, Brown Thomas

Top tip

Multi-coloured stripe skirt, €17.95, Zara

This season, it's all about making a statement with clashing stripes to achieve a strong and graphic look. Pair stripes of varying colours, widths and directions to nail this style.

One for the boys

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Lab Series Electric Shave Solution (100ml), €33, available from Boots nationwide

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