|Bardot loved stripes too!|
Nevertheless, I have been restraining myself a bit in the stripes department lately (variety is the spice of life, afterall), but that old familiar look invariably attracts me when shopping or thinking about new sewing projects. In fact, I wish I could find some yummy wide striped black and white silk to make a blouse, or some red and navy striped double knit to make a dress. Ooh, and once I find the perfect pattern, I will make dozens of marinière tops with three-quarter sleeves!
|A teddy girl in a striped marinière|
I'm not sure why I like horizontal stripes so much, especially since they tend to get a bad reputation from a lot of stylists because they supposedly widden the body. I think what appeals to me most is the iconic vibe they give to any outfit: think chic nautical looks, classic french marinières and rebel punk gettups. Plus, they are associated with one of the coolest bands ever... (I'll let you guess who!)
While researching about my favorite motif, I stumbled upon Michel Pastoureau's book The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric (Columbia University Press). The book details the history of this pattern from medieval times to today, from its unfortunate association to the devil, to its rise with Chanel's invention of the marinière and all the way to the fashion staple it has now become. I plan on reading it during the holidays. Who knows... maybe i'll muster up the courage to write a review! In the meanwhile, here are a few of my latest striped items as of late.
Let's start with these amazing creations made by some of my favorite bloggers/seamstresses.
1. Lovely Tilly has an obvious and totally endeering penchant for stripes, as her latest Breton dress can prove. However, the dress in the photo is my favorite striped frock she made. I love how simple and figure flattering it is.
2. This gorgeous lady is Melissa from Scavenger Hunt. Isn't her dress fabulous? It was her submission for the Fall for cotton sewalong. It won me over instantly with the unusual colors and the savy chevron effect. So elegant!
3. Last but not least, we have Amanda, the hilarious blogger behind Bimble and Pimble, modeling her take on the Renfrew top. Sure it's more "cake" than "frosting", as Sunny coined it, but this, for me, is the ultimate basic.
On to RTW dresses!
1. This, to me, is the perfect summer dress. Simple, lightweight, yet a bit dark and mysterious! I'd wear the heck out of it...
2. With knee-high boots and a black wool circular scarf, this would look amazing for fall.
3. A bit more prim and proper, this dress is nonetheless unconventional because of the choice of colours.
Find them all ... where else, on Modcloth!
5. This DVF Leron dress is my all time favorite dress. It looks so comfy, yet is so structured because of the placement of the stripes. Pure genius.
6. Very ladylike, the Amelie dress is modest and mutted, but also elegant. The knit fabric looks so comfy! It's very old world, very Juliette Binoche in Chocolat.
How about you? What's your favorite way to incorporate stripes in your wardrobe? Do tell!