Bold stripes are the new fashion statement of the year
Among the fashion styles, which are making a comeback in 2013, bold stripes are one of the most popular for those who enjoy reverting to retro, or “old school” classic styles of fashion. Not for the faint-hearted, these stripes intend make a statement, and can be paired with contrasting pants or shirts to give one a truly high-fashion, one of a kind look. On the other hand, it is interesting to explore a variety of fashion sub-genres through the striped look, and one could even give it an ethnic touch!
Bold stripes as per fashion speak, is said to be the result of 2 different fashion styles, both of which are “in” this season; color blocking and the Breton stripe [made famous by Coco Chanel, Kate Moss, and Audrey Hepburn]. While the traditional Breton stripe is always vertical, the bold stripe varies between vertical, horizontal, asymmetrical and pinstripe.
The current trend among young people is to pair horizontal striped skinny pants or palazzo pants with neon t-shirts; accessories are kept minimal and hoop earrings are popular with this look. Another trend is to create a look, which is reminiscent of the punk era; this involves channeling loud monochrome stripes in black and red or black and pink.
For a less extreme look, it is advisable to follow the trend set by Coco Chanel, who made the stripes famous by pairing her simple scoop neck blouse with bell bottom trousers. If bell-bottom trousers are a little too outdated, wide leg trousers work equally effectively, and can be modernized with a pop of color via a belt. Accessories for this outfit should be on the classier side; a simple string of pearls or a statement watch will do. This is perhaps the most understated means by which bold stripes can be incorporated into an outfit!
To revert the original objective of bold stripes however, they can be incorporated into ethnic outfits just as easily, and will make a statement. Following the principle of keeping either the top or the bottom half plain so as to balance the boldness of the stripes, a kameez with large multicolored stripes will go well with a pair of black or white pants. Accessories could be a blend between traditional and modern, and there are no rules which state that one must stick to one extreme!
For those who are not really into making statements via loud outfits, fear not for the bold stripe has made it into the field of accessories as well. Plain outfits can participate in the strip movement by being accessorized with a striped belt or scarf, while eye-catching tote bags and clutch purses can keep one hip without the added drama of a striped outfit.
Overall, bold stripe fashion is versatile, and will possibly be popular among those women who are looking to make a statement with their outfits. It is among the top 10 fashion trends of 2013, and will certainly permeate into many other sub-genres of fashion in time to come.