Colorful Stripes

Strike it bright in this season's searing hot stripes.

From The Look Book

Resort’s alternative to the perennially chic Breton stripe? Searing hot strips of vibrant colour - AKA the perfect antidote to winter weather.

One of the finest examples came from Marni, who plastered primary-hued vertical stripes on clean silhouettes - think midis and boxy tees - for an ultra modern outcome. Stella McCartney's big, bold stripes in vibrant two-tones worked wonders on her loose sporty shapes, too.

For a more feminine take on the trend, Opening Ceremony's candy wrapper pastels on multi-directional lines were applied to the label's trademark casual separates: the perfect shortcut to achieving instant downtown cool. And while Valentino's saccharine chevron rainbows may take a little more courage to pull off, they're definitely worth trying out for maximum impact.

Those who want to satisfy their inner tomboys? Look no further than J.W. Anderson, who has expertly combined his signature cuts with boyish blue and white stripes for a chic outcome with extra edge.


The 'It' Buy

Few pieces feel fresher - or more fun - than Valentino's rainbow striped Rockstud bag, a thoroughly vibrant update on its now classic style. Thanks to its structured shape and chic hardware, this investment buy is just as versatile as any other: its playful aesthetic will instantly liven up a tired office ensemble or simple weekend look.

Make it your center piece in a monochrome look for best effect. Who said winter was dull?

1973 Rockstud Bag
at farfetch

How To Wear It

How to wear this bold and bright trend? Look to the most stylish stars for help.

Sienna Miller made waves in her red, blue, and white mixed striped Celine midi dress - with its slouchy tube shape and textured finish, it lends a fresh, easy quality to an otherwise statement piece. Let this be your takeaway: simple shapes are key to tempering this trend's striking sensibility. Follow suit with pared-back accessories for balance.

Elsewhere, if scratchy strips aren't your thing, look to Olivia Wilde and Kristen Stewart, both of whom opted for wider panels of colour broken by black or navy - perfect for those who can't quite pry themselves away from staple colors altogether.

Wilde's waterfall dress from Stella McCartney is infinitely flattering and gives a softer dimension to the lines' graphic nature - take a leaf from her book and pair with contrasting heels for impact. Stewart's form-fitting two piece, meanwhile, is especially effective for adding curves to slender frames.

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