Stripes have been trendy for over a decade, as long as they’re kept in the following color scheme – black, white, grey and blue. Every once in a while, a bolder combo appears, such as yellow and white, or ever crazier ideas. Most of the time, however, stripes stay loyal to their Parisian and Scandinavian roots, and remain somewhat serious and minimal.
A couple of years ago, matching ‘sets’ of clothing started becoming popular – a top and a skirt/pants with the same print, and this year, it’s full-on ‘trend on trend’ – stripes on stripes, in a set. Confused? So am I.
The trend includes length stripes combined with wide stripes across the body, which looks great in editorials and magazines, but I always wonder if it isn’t too ‘fashiony’ and over the top – not to mention, out of my comfort zone. But, as I already mentioned here, I’m in an era of stretching own limits and want to try new things, even if they’re less natural to me. This look is from a photo shoot that might be a few weeks old, but a couple of nights ago I choose a very similar ensemble for a casual evening with friends at a Greek restaurant.
It was a social gathering rather than an ‘event’, so I wasn’t sure what to wear (I always choose my clothes very carefully),and stripes seemed like the perfect solution – it’s never fun to be overdressed! So it happened that I wore these comfy Zara pants – the combo of cotton, loose cut and rubber on the waist (perfect for a good meal!) fitted a night on the Mediterranean perfectly. This time, against my usual silhouette, I didn’t team the pants with a white loose top or a tiny sexy tank, but dared to do a striped shirt, too – just like this photo shoot!
Since the pants are very long, I chose delicate sandals you can barely see, and no other accessories at all. All the stripes are ‘noisy’ enough and don’t need additions. And since my bags always add color and print, I couldn’t find suitable ‘nude’ options and went out without a bag, like a man!
Anyhow, the evening was very successful, and I felt great in my daring striped set, that all of a sudden didn’t look at all daring. This is the nature of trends; one day, double stripes don’t make sense at all, another – you don’t understand what all the fuss was about, and in a few years, when you look at the photos, you might even say to yourself, ‘What the hell was I thinking?’, and when that day arrives, the answer is – that’s the way a fashionista’s life is!
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