Trend of The Week: The humble stripe gets a timely makeover

Get ready to flaunt your style stripes this season says Annmarie O'Connor.


Line up, line up! The humble stripe gets a timely makeover as saturated colourways meet modern geometry. Watch as the mathematical rigour of uniform colour blocks goes off the grid with horizontal, diagonal, vertical and asymmetric zig zags leaving their mark on the style terrain. Cacophonous, chaotic and creative, consider this trend a lesson in the fickleness of fashion math.

The Edit

Looking for some inspiration? Go straight ahead

Alice + Olivia Willis pussy-bow striped satin and chiffon blouse, Net-a-Porter €325

Asymmetric stripe skirt, F+F, €19

Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ 100 striped glittered leather ankle boots, Net-a-Porter, €995

Diane Von Furstenberg belted silktrench coat, The Outnet, was €859; now €429

Beaded bag, Zara, €22.95

Etudes ‘Juliette’ striped sweater, Farfetch, €291

Striped fluid trousers, Bimba y Lola, £215; approx. €247.70

Style Notes


Make like London brand Rixo and pair your stripes with polka dots or florals. Top tip? Keep to a unified colourway for an effortless look.


Put manners on bold striped colourways with neutral anchors like black and navy which also segue seamlessly between the seasons.


Not big on statement dressing? Look to accessories like mini bags, hair barrettes or scarves for a soupcon of stripes.


Not all stripes are created equal. Split the difference while flattering your figure with spliced or asymmetric stripes that draw the eye in different directions.

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