Stripes are a core staple in my wardrobe. I pack them for every trip and wear them daily. This season I am giving them a little upgrade from Boden. From classics to a rainbow stripe tweak, four looks to make you rethink the stripe.
SO, ALL YOU WEAR ARE STRIPES?
As anyone who finds her or even his way back to Inspiring Wit regularly will have noted, stripes feature again and again. When asked about my personal style, stripes come to mind among my other staples like comfortable denim, buckled ankle boots, leather jackets, blazers, silk shirts, wrap dresses and silk slips. At a quick glance, folded in a stack in my wardrobe, are at least fifteen striped t-shirts. All of these are unique to one another and end up being cycled through the wash more than anything else. In fact, if I cared to peak into the wash basket, something tells me I’d likely find a few more in there.
To me, style is not simply wearing head to toe designer items, nor is it found in being on top of the latest fashion trends. Style is found in confidence in one’s own personal taste and in the curation of a few styles which you repeat wear, each time combining with a different accessory or personal twist. Designer labels are not the only places to find excellent quality investments, high street brands can offer timeless designs that can be worn from season to season.
4 CLASSIC STRIPE LOOKS UPDATED WITH BODEN
In the four looks below, I style recent additions to my wardrobe from Boden, with some of my favourite denim classics and accessories. At the moment, I have been adding and loving rainbow stripes. A little different, rainbow stripes add something vibrant and cheerful to my everyday looks. Styled back with my denim favourites, they add a touch of colour, perfect for the Australian summer and if you happen to be in the Northern hemisphere, to brighten up the cold winter. How are you guys coping with the cold? Managing okay? Over it? Let me know!
Boden are an English company who I initially shared way back here when they launched their Australian website. Since then, they have been one of my favourite sites to go to for excellent quality and affordable pieces. Silk shirts, cashmere jumpers, wearable denim, excellent quality shoes, classic prints, wool coats, tweed, blazers… Boden offer a range of exciting and excellent quality pieces that form a solid base for my wardrobe. Don’t at all be surprised to see me feature them regularly.
THE TURTLENECK STRIPE
A classic, the turtleneck will see me through cooler summer mornings but come into its own in the autumn and winter months. Perfect for layering under slip dresses or worn with blazers, I am now also thinking I will invest in this red version for winter.
WEARING: BODEN TURTLENECK, BODEN JEANS, BIANKO NECKLACE (SIMILAR HERE), BODEN SNEAKERS, PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 BAG, RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES
THE RAINBOW STRIPE TEE
The short sleeve version of the classic Breton stripe tee, I loved this summery rainbow addition. The combination of mustard, blue, red and pink is exactly the colours I want to be wearing right now! Beside these, I have my eye on this classic red and blue stripe Breton which is missing from my collection. What do you guys think? Need it?
WEARING: BODEN RAINBOW STRIPE TEE, VINTAGE LEVI’S DENIM SHORTS (SIMILAR HERE), BIANKO NECKLACE (SIMILAR HERE), MURKANI NECKLACE, BODEN SNEAKERS, WEAT FRINGE BAG, RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES
THE STRIPE SNEAKER
Alright so I may have you searching a bit for the stripe with this look, but trust me it is on the back of these classic white leather sneakers that have been getting a thrashing from me. I now also see that they come in an embroidered bee version, which is pretty cute! I love silk shirts and have been very happy with the quality of the Boden silks.
WEARING: BODEN SILK SHIRT, ABRAND JEANS, BIANKO NECKLACE (SIMILAR HERE), BODEN SNEAKERS, FROM ST XAVIER METAL BAG, RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES, THE HEXAD HOOP EARRINGS
THE CASHMERE JUMPER
Cashmere is one of my favourite things! It is not just me though right? How soft is cashmere? I just love them and even on the hottest days, may pull one on and wear it as long as I can before things heat up. You can spot this here, wearing another Boden cashmere jumper with my denim shorts. The rainbow stripe has been such a fun update, I can not stop wearing it. Perfect with jeans or paired with other neutrals, it just adds a little bit of cheer to complete an outfit. Next up I am eyeing off this version with its rainbow sleeve detail.
WEARING: BODEN CASHMERE JUMPER, BODEN JEANS, BIANKO NECKLACE (SIMILAR HERE), BODEN SNEAKERS, PROENZA SCHOULER PS11 BAG, RAY-BAN SUNGLASSES
How do you guys feel about the whole rainbow stripe thing? Love it? I think you may just be seeing a lot more of them. I’d love to hear your thoughts below, let me know which look you liked the most!