Is it ever too soon to wear stripes or indeed include colour blocks into our fashionable lives? No. Actually, I’m so in love with all things Breton that I don’t even store my stripes for winter. I’m happy to team them with winter blacks, navy and wools while waiting to bring out all the traditional summer whites and cottons.
New from Winser this spring are a raft of nifty fresh stripes. Let’s look at the cotton-textured, striped shift dress, £79, in midnight and white; a dream of both modern and retro chic. Last season we all loved Winser’s colour-blocked sweater and now there is a new Intarsia jumper in midnight and soft white, £69. I am really excited about the light-weight, fine striped, silk shirts, available in blues and neutrals at £165. A best buy that’s in stock right now is a long-sleeved, striped T-shirt, £59, in numerous colourways.
Stripes are a bit of a trademark for Winser London and they can form the backbone of a Spring wardrobe. There are so many ways to adapt them to your style. I like both the classic casual way to wear them with jeans, under leather jackets and Spring coats, but why not go for a trend I’m seeing on the street kids: teaming a stripe with a print. Bretons will be a classic style staple until people stop admiring pictures of Jean Seberg and Picasso – which will be never! The educated shopper recognises the importance of items that never date. They anchor other pieces that feel more seasonal or trend-led. Let’s invest in these top-notch classics.
By Vanessa de Lisle - www.thefashioncupboard.com