Darren Kennedy Fashion File: How to wear autumn's stripe out
There's a bright and breezy quality to the classic stripe that conjures up long summery days spent lounging about in the sunshine. Personally, I feel stripes always inject a dollop of optimism to an outfit, which let's face it, is never a bad thing.
This year we've witnessed the humble stripe get a major overhaul and for autumn/winter its stock continues to sky rocket. Seventies' vibes are permeating everywhere and this season's stripes feel fresh and rebellious with uniformity out of the equation.
Horizontal and vertical stripes were mismatched in yellow and black to create eye-catching dresses at Henry Holland's House of Holland. The designer also depicted bold chevron stripes in mouth-watering cherry red and pink on shaggy fur coats.
Elsewhere, Irish designer JW Anderson worked stripes in Lurex onto stretchy roll-necks and skirts. Jonathan Saunders went with strong 1960s references and covered his collection in stripes with an array of different stripes down skirts and dresses. If you are planning on a total stripe out this winter, just be sure to keep your accessories minimal.
Question: After months of searching, I've finally found myself a new winter coat but the problem I'm having now is that it's far too heavy to wear given the mild weather at the moment - so, I'm in need of a few lighter pieces. I was wondering about sleeveless jackets and where's best to look?
Darren replies: There's nothing worse than breaking a sweat because you're laden down in a heavy winter coat. Gilets, sleeveless jackets, oversized waistcoats - call them what you will - can be a lifesaver at this time of year. Sleeveless jackets are practical and can be worn with almost anything.
One of my current favourites on the highstreet is the (1) neutral funnel neck gilet by Jaeger (€455, House of Fraser). Crafted from 100pc soft double-faced wool, it's a modern alternative to a coat for autumn. The funnel neck design is finished with concealed buttons in keeping with a simple, clean silhouette. Layer over a printed shift dress for a chic ladylike look.
Texture is one of this winter's biggest trends and (2) Heatons' faux fur gilet (€29.50) taps into it beautifully and is perfect for transitioning into the colder months. Layer over distressed denims for maximum contrast and play on texture.
New Look's (3) black fur gilet (€59.99) is a longer length for a more sophisticated style that works well for a dressed up evening look. Shearling and shaggy textiles remain top of the fashion agenda for AW15 with sheepskin being an essential buy for winter. Penneys has nailed it with its (4) longline Borg gilet (€35) which has a structured a-line shape and two front pockets. Team it with a neutral shirt, denim skinnies and a pair of biker boots for a casually chic weekend look.
Pelotas with monochromatic metallic finish €175, Camper, Wicklow Street, Dublin