Somewhat popularised by Bananas in Pyjamas, stripes are a universally loved pattern that are perfect for formal, casual and smart-casual occasions. A subtle way to add depth to your look, our guide to stripes with have you looking sharp and fresh.
Know your stripes
The nautical stripe
The kind of stripe you can’t go wrong with. The nautical stripe is classically a horizontal design and consists of navy and white stripes that exude a knowledge of the seven seas.
The multi stripe
A modern take on stripes, multi-stripes are defined by three or more coloured stripes in various widths. They are generally designed in a vertical format and are perfect for every kind of styling.
Sharp and refined, thin stripes are the kind of stripes favoured by businessmen. They look best in a vertical format and are generally kept to tonal colours and a minimal style.
The sun is shining, the beers are cold and you’ve done your washing so now you’re free to enjoy the day. Start with taupe chinos shorts that are tapered at the leg, a nautical stripe tee with a round neckline and white canvas lace-ups. It’s easy and fresh and can easily be dressed up for the night with a light blue or salmon linen blazer.
If you want to go down the smart-casual preppy track, a blue and white striped polo is your ticket. Look for a mercerised cotton polo as these are slightly more dressy (and cool) and pair with a navy single breasted blazer, taupe chinos (salmon pink if you’re feeling brave) and chestnut derby shoes.
9-5, Monday to Friday is your chance to play around with thin stripes. Thin striped shirts are perfect for warmer weather in which it would be torture to have to wear a suit jacket.
When it comes to these kind of striped shirts, it’s best to keep your colour palette neutral. Think grey and blue stripes with tapered black pants suede brown derby shoes for a contemporary finish.
If you’re after something a little more fresh, an aqua and white striped shirt with taupe coloured chinos and polished leather brogues is a sharp yet contemporary look for work. It can be easily dressed up with a matching taupe blazer and lapel pin if needed.
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Multi-striped tops are made for those who like their coffee strong and their wardrobe colourful. When styling these tees and shirts, it’s important to pair them with a neutral or base coloured pants that pick up one of the colours in the top.
Multi-striped polos are a great weekend option. Look for one in a light blue and salmon stripe and pair with blue or olive chino shorts to complete the look.
Taking a step towards a more smart-casual look, opt for a grey shirt that features a thin pink and white joined stripes. This 3D kind of stripe gives the illusion of depth to you outfit meaning you can throw on some chinos and shoes and you’re good to go.
If you want to get really fancy, look for a block colour tee or shirt that features thinner multi stripes at the base. These are sharp, edgy and modern and can be taken from work to after work drinks with ease.