Stripes are perhaps the oldest yet never-been-out of style element of fashion, if ever there was one. An interpretable classic that should never be completely avoided by anyone following trends, it can help to create subtle illusions of added height or width, or even trimmed down silhouettes. So, what are you waiting for? Jump on board and find the best stripes to add to your wardrobe, right now!
Stripes have always been fascinating; vertical, horizontal or a mix-match of both. The latest craze in the fashion world suggests inclination towards the seafaring styles of all shapes and sizes.
High-end fashion brands regularly work with stripes. Their favourites seem to be broad, colourful and horizontal stripes imprinted on knit dresses and duster cardigans. Famous designers suggest a combination of formal clothes and horizontal stripes with casual sneakers to strike a wonderful balance.
Do not worry if your favourite is the vertical type and you feel left out from the fashion world. Major global brands have long concentrated on these as well, offering a graphic touch to the formal look.
Stripes do not necessarily have to walk a straight and narrow path. Many of our 'deshi' brands celebrate rainbow-coloured metallic stripes that come in the form of kurtis and long gowns.
Going wrong with stripes is not too difficult, since you have to be mindful of the wearer's physique and personality. But once experimentation is over with, and you have found what best suits you, stripes can be just the right thing to pick for any occasioin--formal or fun. Stripes can be bold or subtle, reflecting each individual's taste with ease. You can opt for wide and bold horizontals, to add oomph, or thin and verticel ones, on days when subtelty is on your mind. Also, the right stripes can be beautifully paired with any prints of your choice.
Bolder looks go for stripes and zigzag all the way through. Major global brands like Salvatore Ferragamo happen to follow this trend religiously.
A typical runway for stripes would be promoting them in every style and form you can possibly imagine. Popular designer Mehruz Munir of Zurhem had a few suggestions for those who want to put on the striped look.
As Mehruz sees it, horizontal stripes make a person look 'wider'. So if any one you ladies on the skinnier side had polka dots in mind for that ladies' brunch, ditch it and go for a horizontal sundress instead.
The designer also added that vertical stripes create a 'tall' illusion. So here is a tip for the guys; if you thought platform shoes are your only saviours, look to vertical stripes instead.
Another general guideline by Mehruz is that horizontal or vertical 'thin' stripes were 'IN' and thicker stripes were definitely out for a considerable time.
If you just follow these simple rules, you will be able to sport stripes with confidence. Some of you may still be sceptical, professing that stripes were only meant as western wear, you could not be more wrong! Dig up a few of your mum's old saris and viola! Striped saris have been popular since the dawn of fashion and have always looked chic and trendy.
So here's wishing a colourful wardrobe especially stacked with those classic navy-and-white nautical stripes that we all know and love.
By Mehrin Mubdi Chowdhury
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Riba and Risila
Make-up: Gala Makeover Studio by Navin Ahmed
Wardrobe: Amour by Mahmudul Hasan