In many ways, the spring of 2013 marked a return to basics. From highlighting uncomplicated color schemes and giving us a taste of past decades, to bringing forth the femininity and exploring the classic, this season is about newness just as it is about the reenvisioning of the past. The plethora of patterns that took over the runways represent another modern take on tradition, marking the return of the timeless stripes as this season’s star graphic.
Bold, adventurous and tempting, the stripes came back with a vengeance. Either horizontal, vertical, curved or chevron they popped up everywhere, adorning nearly every possible style and colliding with many of the spring 2013 fashion trends. Learn how to translate the runway trend and adapt it to your own aesthetic this season, by reading on to the full report, right after the break.
We are already used to the concepts of spring, summer and stripes being fused together and given new fashion directions with every year that passes by. For 2013, the stripes became bold, commanding and intriguing, leaving little place for interpretation. The summer staple is blunt by definition, but this time around it can be done over-the-top, but it can also be approached with subtlety. Here’s how:
Stripes on the runway at Jonathan Saunders S/S ’13
Stripes in black and white
Across the decades, the stripes were gifted with a timeless appeal, representing a perennial style that is constantly invading the fashion radar. This year, the black and white stripe is the ‘it’ stripe without a single doubt in mind and giving how effortlessly it blends two of the ruling trends for spring 2013 it is easy understandable why. The black and white approach allows you to go bold by keeping things classy and basic at the same time. For a bigger impact opt for oversized silhouettes, unconventional fabrics and super-clean lines.
Black and white stripes on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana S/S ’13, Jonathan Saunders S/S ’13 and Balmain S/S ’13
Stripes dipped in color
If black and white doesn’t suit your overall aesthetic there’s plenty of color to choose from when it comes to stripes for spring 2013. Given the candy treatment it received, the stripe look gained a softer quality. This season opt for playful shades of pink, orange, blue or go with a little bit of everything in a fun and bright multicolored stripe outfit. Style your looks with whimsical make-up and ultra-feminine accessories.
Colorful stripes on the runway at Christian Dior S/S ’13, Moschino S/S ’13 and Ralph Lauren S’S ’13
Not exactly bold, but elegant and chic nonetheless, the stripes adorning impeccably tailored suits and deluxe-pieces gained a new perspective for spring. Built along clean lines and flawless silhouettes that borrow from the boys without loosing sight of femininity, this style appears timeless and somehow more conservative. Think in terms of preppy suits, high-waisted trousers, crop tops and pencil skirts.
Stripes on the runway at Balenciaga S/S ’13, Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13 and Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13
The new nautical
As you probably learned by now nautical fashion for spring 2013 is less about the literal Breton stripes of navy and white, as the trend gained a nontraditional perspective. Retaining the nautical essence, but embarking on a different direction, the stripes won subtlety, more colour alongside a brand new identity. You can play with ease upon the juxtaposition of stripes, while experimenting with contrasting fabrics. Search for lightweight silhouettes, cutting-edge materials and fresh color schemes.
Nautical stripes on the runway at PPQ S/S ’13, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti S/S ’13 and Tommy Hilfiger S/S ’13
The natural inclination for layering stripe pieces in an outfit is to do so with complimentary colours. This spring instead focuses on the clash of stripes with bold florals, paisley and iconographic patterns, recreating looks that capture the true essence of a summer wardrobe. Delicate and daring, the combinations are sure to bring a note of exoticism to your outfits. Seek for bright, unexpected and loud juxtapositions and wear them with pure confidence.
Clash of prints on the runway at Altuzarra S/S ’13, Paul&Joe S/S ’13 and Dolce & Gabanna S/S ’13
If your style is ladylike more than anything else, you shouldn’t avoid stripes this spring. Instead you could easily turn their graphic quality into a bold accent by paring stripes with ultra-feminine silhouettes. Think of summer dresses, flowy fabrics, delicate cuts and colors that are truly able to complement your refined aesthetic. Go bold on the styling by picking heels, dainty headbands and a soft make-up.
Ladylike stripes on the runway at Luisa Beccaria S/S ’13, Temperley London S/S ’13 and Vivienne Westwood S/S ’13
More Visual Inspiration
Looking for more inspiration from the runways on how to wear stripes? Then click on the picture thumbnails and browse through the inspiration gallery.
Colouring outside the lines (4 Aug 2011)