From blazers to shorts to bathing trunks to boat shoes, there is no dearth of stripes in men’s apparel this season. Unlike other prints, stripes are a pattern that’s very unfussy and an easy choice design-wise.
Stripes can help men appear taller and thinner and break the tedium of any look without being over the top. This season, the classic stripe is stepping outside the box. The stripe print can be big and bold or small and subtle. It can go in any direction—horizontal, vertical, or multi-directional. And the colors don’t have to be basic navy but can appeal to a more diverse group with soft pastels or out-there red. Seersucker takes on a whole new meaning with red stripes; pair it with neutral pants and a white t-shirt to add a pop of color—but not too much.
Ad campaigns from designers as diverse as Dolce&Gabbana (depiciting Sicilian non-models sporting beachwear) and Tommy Hilfiger (with the ever-present nautical theme) show how prevalent this trend is. Gucci, Ferragamo, Michael Bastian, Dior Homme, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Michael Kors added striped samples to their runway shows in suits, bomber jackets, and sweaters. And, of course, the Breton stripe in shirts and sweaters is all over mid-tier retail shops.
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