There is absolutely no doubt about it Stripes are going to be a huge trend this year with M&S having an amazing selection to suit everyone. Last year the launch of the Coco Chanel film prompted a huge rush for striped tops, this summer stripes are adorning just about anything from knitwear to tops and blazers. The great thing about stripes is that they never really go out of fashion, any striped clothes that you buy from Marks and Spencers are a great investment, they are also likely to last for many seasons to come.
Grab yourself some M&S clothes with stripes quick, for the freshest and most stylish look for the summer.
M&S Fashion: Nautical Stripes
Nautical stripes are probably the most classic of all the stripes. Navy and white stripes, sometimes also referred to as Breton stripes are the easiest way to add instant chic to just about any outfit. They look great with bright red or yellow accessories if you want to add some colour. This Portfolio slash colour stripe jumper at Marks and Spencers is the perfect choice for a casual outfit that doesn’t compromise on style.
If you want a smarter look, this single breasted striped jersey blazer at Marks and Spencers is really on trend and would look great with a pair of tailored trousers or perhaps if you are really brave over a floral dress.
M & S: Bright Stripes
Bright stripes featured heavily in the spring summer catwalks for 2011. At Prada, there was a combination of bright colours with thick black stripes. At Tory Birch a trouser suit featured vertical red and black stripes and at Marc Jacobs there were thin stripes in sugary shades of pink and purple. This Per Una scoop neck knitted striped top at Marks and Spencers is a great way to work the spring and summer trend for stripes and for neon colours.
Marks and Spencer Clothes: Diagonal Stripes
Diagonal stripes are a slightly more unusual and off beat way to wear stripes. Diagonal stripes can also be very slimming and help to create the illusion of a smaller waist. The look is not as traditional as the typical breton and horizontal stripes but can look great on a contemporary style of dress to wear to the office. This Portfolio slash neck dress by Marks and Spencers features slightly wavey stripes to create an optical effect that is reminiscent of the sixties.
M and S: Black and Grey Stripes
Black and grey stripes are also proving to be hugely popular this year for an understated alternative to the high contrast of black or navy and white. Marks and Spencers have a range of grey and black striped pieces but one of our favourites is this Per Una Multi Stripe Knitted Cardigan.
Top Stylist Tip - Use stripes to make everything appear in proportion. If you have wide hips wear a striped top to make your top half look wider and balance the look. If you want to slim and lengthen the body, wear vertical or horizontal stripes and if you want to define the waist look for stripes that point in towards the centre of the waist.
See more stripey fashion and the latest seasonal trends at www.marksandspencer.com