Our Sunday stripe inspiration: Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin, James Dean and Madonna
We love a trend. We do. But we also can't help but return to our ol' faithfuls, with the help of a bit of inspiration from the archives too. This week we've collated our favourite stripes. We're talking marinières, bretons, simple clean cotton and canvas, worn with pale blue denim, worn white denim tortoishell sunnies.
It's not just about the nautical and navy numbers, or the 1950s either: embrace candy-stripes in pastel and citrussy fresh lines or rough-hewn raglan knits. Let's cast our minds back to Madonna in the '80s in just a wet striped tee, Jane Birkin in the '70s wearing a striped racer-back vest with flared jeans, or Brigitte Bardot's striped tee with '60s hair and cat's eye flicks on the set of Jean Luc-Godard's new wave movie Le Mepris.
The stripe reappears every season without fail and its clean, graphic quality makes it feel fresh and appealing every time - somehow. So classic is the breton too, that there are brands like Petit Bateau entirely dedicated to its splendour whilst Comme Des Garçons have made the striped top their own, merely by adding their ubiquitous tiny cartoon heart, appliqued over the left breast. The simplicity of a brushed cotton stripe is the happy place where masculine meets feminine and a whole lotta sexiness is born - borrow your boyfriend's best striped shirt and wear as a dress (if oversized) or tuck into jeans, a bit unbuttoned, with a simple soft bra beneath.
It's never new and never gets old (to quote Llewyn Davis in the new Coen brothers hit) so there's no better time to invest than right now. Take a look through our gallery below for the pieces to wear now...