With New York Fashion Week inundating every blog, magazine and Instagram feed, all any one seems to be talking about the next “big” trend for spring. We are constantly searching for these over-the-top trends that we forget how refreshing and fashionable the classics can be.
This Fashionisto was a breath of fresh air in his striped T-shirt. Stripes have been a big trend…well, since forever. Here’s a little history lesson for you. It was 18th century French fashion that first transformed stripes from something that previously marked the condemned to a patterned associated with the height of elegance. Iconic designers, such as Coco Chanel, paved the way for stripes by incorporating them into timeless sweaters and must-have garments. Fast-forward to current times and the stripe is perhaps the most timeless and classic pattern in fashion.
Bringing it back to this Fashionisto, he embraces the history of the stripe by keeping the pattern true to its classic proportions. As the saying goes, “If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But that doesn’t mean you can’t modernize it. This Fashionisto opted for an aqua and gray stripe over the classic black or navy and white. The bright color brings a new life to the stripe and makes it suddenly hipper, younger and fresher.
The fit of the T-shirt, might I add, is also spot on. When wearing stripes, look for a formfitting but not overly tight silhouette. If the garment is too oversized, the stripes will consume you. If the T-shirt is too tight, the stripes will make you look twice your size. The perfect balance is found in this Fashionisto’s choice.
Sometimes finding the perfect outfit isn’t always about looking forward. Take a page from the history (of fashion) books and modernize the classics, like this Fashionisto.
Hint: Another great way to update a classic pattern is through styling. This Fashionisto instantly upped his cool factor by the simple cuff in his jeans.