Straight Shooting

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Last weekend, the glorious sunshine and extended holiday from work got me thinking. Summer is on its way, and although we’re experiencing a slight hiccup now what with all this rain, I am certain that the sun will get his hat on and come out to play once more. This made me think…what do I want to be wearing this summer? Talk to anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you of my love for a patterned trew, and for SS13 fashion houses have been straight shooting when it comes to pattern. Stripes were everywhere…from Oscar de la Renta in a fabulous striped trouser suit, to a swirly striped chiffon dress and tights from Bora Aksu. There’s more great news on this trend too-it’s super slimming! We all know the secret, just as well as Marc Jacobs below, that vertical stripes elongate and streamline the body, so double up-wear it top and bottom, for even more pound-dropping power!

Of course if you are partial to a horizontal stripe, then there were an abundance of those on the catwalk too! Blue pared with white is a usual Spring/Summer staple, conjuring thoughts of yachts and sand, beaches and a cool sea breeze, Haizhen Wang updated this look with sleek lines and a thick black belt to cinch in the waist. Or if you’re looking for something a little different, take some inspiration from Preen and mix your stripes with anything and everything that you can find! Think of yourself as a patchwork blanket filled with snakeskin, spots, block colours in an array of textures for a really edgy summer look.

To really liven up this trend, why not don a brightly coloured stripe with heaps of accessories for a look that’s bound to turn heads this SS13! Take inspiration from Dolce and Gabanna – I just love those chandelier earrings! What do you think of this for summer, will you be incorporating a stripe into your outfit?

Rachel E Tranter.

As a stylist, fashion blogger, social media manager and PR exec, Rachel has worked for CFW for the past two years. Rachel is now blog editor for CFW whilst also maintaining her own blog; Perfectly Presentable. Follow her here on Twitter.


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