SUITS AND STRIPES
“You shall not let your cattle breed with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; nor shall there come upon you a garment of cloth made of two kinds of stuff.”
Throughout history, stripes have always been an eye-catching and bold fashion statement. In the Middle Ages, upstanding, moral people would not go about in striped clothing. Stripes were not seen as respectable and had a touch of scandal about them, and were worn primarily by figures living outside society – gypsies, vagabonds, fools and jesters, musicians, dancers, artists, and ladies of questionable morals were all depicted in striped clothing.
These days, evidently runway designers are not overly concerned about the moral aspects of striped clothing or spend much time reading the Bible, as one of the most prominent looks to emerge from the crop of S/S 10 collections was 'la parisienne' – white, beige, red, navy and cream, with spots, buttons, and, crucially, stripes. If you've been in a high street store recently, it's clear to see that the most popular trend of winter (sequins) has been replaced by the first trend of spring – stripes. The great thing about stripes is that they still retain a touch of the rebellious about them – think pirates, French revolutionaries, prison escapees…ideal for the deviant who usually feels constrained by traditional office wear.
The first thing to consider when wearing striped clothing is that stripes are eye-catching. Don't wear stripes unless you feel comfortable drawing attention to yourself! Because of this, you should pay carefully attention to your entire outfit – it must be clean, pressed and perfectly fitted. Stripes will highlight anything awry in your clothing.
The second thing to think about is the size and direction of stripe in relation to you – a petite, slim woman can be overwhelmed by a very large stripe, while a very narrow stripe can make a voluptuous figure appear larger. The same goes for direction – as everyone knows, vertical stripes are slimming and lengthening; horizontal stripes are broadening. Don't get too bogged down by the rules though – there are lots of great horizontally-striped pieces about right now, and if you're confident, then wear them regardless.
The most on trend way to wear stripes is a balanced stripe in white and either black, red or navy or blue. To rock the stripes trend the A Suit That Fits.com way, check out our perfectly tailored ladies shirts in fabrics PS-6012, CTP-4, CTP-3 and CTP-2.
If you're not into shirts, a pinstriped or chalk striped ladies suit or blazer makes a striking style statement. Our boldest striped fabrics are our chalk stripes and boating cottons.