Style by Claire Lopez

Earn your Stripes

I’m a mum and I love a stripe top but I would hate to think that wearing one puts me in the mumsy category.

As with all things, it’s the way that you wear them that is key and I often have clients bemoaning the fact that in a stripe top, skinny jeans and trainers, they feel drab. So if you haven’t seen my Insta or Facebook this week, then here are a few different styling ideas to try out. Obviously, there’s loads of other ways to wear them but not one of these makes me feel boring. So have a play around with different outfits in your wardrobe.

A couple of tricks to make your stripe stand out:

  1. Pair your stripe with another print to give it some edge, such as animal, camo or check. Or wear with a splash of colour.
  2. Play with proportions and don’t always opt for a safe, skinny jean. If you’ve got an oversized stripe top, then it may work better with a slimmer bottom. But if you’ve got a more fitted top half, then pair with wide legs or more relaxed denim/floaty skirts etc.
  3. Go for a narrower stripe, rather than a wide one. These just look a bit more modern and also have the ability to look a bit smarter should you need.

Here are my top ten styles to choose from ethical and sustainable options to independent labels and more!

The Modern Breton Tee £30 Everlane

If you haven’t heard of Everlane, then it is time you put this American brand on your radar. Their brand is all about working with ethical factories, high quality materials and transparency through the supply chain. So much so that they actually tell you the cost of making their garments and show you how much their mark up is on these compared to other retailers. In terms of styling, this is not a brand following trends, rather they do capsule wardrobe pieces – such as denim, cashmere sweaters, tees etc – beautifully by using the best fabrics.

Hanna Top with Lenzing Ecovero £65 Baukjen

What is Lenzing Ecovero I hear you ask?! Well it is essentially a branded version of viscose made from fibres that are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources. All in all it is an eco-conscious choice thanks to the low environmental impact. So with sustainability high up on the agenda, this is a great choice.

I also love this with the leather cropped trousers. Another very contemporary look.

Imogen Breton Top £38 Boden

The king of stripes on the high street, this little puff sleeved style is a nice twist on a basic to elevate and make more interesting.

Long Sleeved Breton £28 Boden

If you are after a simple style, however, then this is the one to go for and it comes in a whole host of different colour combos.

Sonya Striped top £35 Hobbs

This is another tried and tested style that I have bought for a number of clients. The fabric means it can be dressed up or down. The styling here is pretty dull but a wide leg denim culotte/white jean or navy trouser would be spot on.

Blue and White Stripe Long Sleeve Tee £30 Bricks & Stitches

A more relaxed style here which, as you can see, is a world away from drab with a tulle skirt!

Relaxed cotton Top £30 Cos

Or this one.

Brigette Top £60 White Coco

On the sweater front, I love this classic oversized style.

Clemence Stripe Breton £250 Wyse

This is also gorgeous with the traditional sailor’s button detail.

Cotton Mix Jumper with Stripes £24 La Redoute

So hopefully this has given you plenty of inspiration for your humble stripe top but if you’re after more help, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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