Black and White Stripes

Hey guys! This week’s blog post is all about the current fashion statement- black and white stripes. This pattern is on all items of clothing stocked at the moment from shoes to jumpers. Bold black and white stripes have been the unsung hero of our wardrobes for years.  The classic design is one of the hardest working pieces in our wardrobe, but rarely gets the recognition it deserves. The remarkable linear pattern and amazing versatility make it a style you won’t want to miss! You can never have too many striped clothing items which can easily be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Either way, vertical or horizontal, stripes are a fashion staple, so let me just talk you through my favourite products currently on the market

Women’s Contrast Neck Striped Top- Topshop

£20.00

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This top is made of a soft, fairly thick material with a lovely contrast stripe print. It holds its shape well and doesn’t fade after washes. The top is true to size and is great for the colder weather as it can be layered but still look stylish. It has a high neck which has the tendency to make your neck look slimmer and this is flattering. Also available in the petite range

Available at: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/contrast-neck-striped-top-4737761?geoip=noredirect&cmpid=ppc_pla_UK_ip&utm_medium=cpc&tsrc=vdna&istCompanyId=38aa0d7f-6514-4cb3-bbdc-df0d32d48b7f&istItemId=mwwxmrtlx&istBid=tztx&gclid=CILZ7euB0MoCFVTNGwodgBAPJg&gclsrc=aw.ds#BVRRWidgetID

Wear with: Black jeans (with or without knee slits), pure white flat shoes and a black jacket (leather, bomber or gillet). Could also be worn with a black pinafore and black pumps

Monki Stripe Top- ASOS

£10.00

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This simple striped tee is an everyday essential, perfect for any casual occasion or can be paired with a dressy skirt for a smarter event. It is a cotton-rich fairly thin jersey with a round neckline. The top is again true to size and will not shrink in the wash. It is a street-style-meets-scandi-chic design that compliments everyone’s figure. It has an extra soft feel with a straight fit and neat topstitched edge. Grab one while you can!

Available at: http://www.asos.com/monki/monki-stripe-top/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6034391&clr=Black&SearchQuery=stripe&pgesize=198&pge=0&totalstyles=198&gridsize=3&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=2

Wear with: Black or white jeans, pure white or black and white slip on trainers and a black or navy jacket.  Could also be worn with blue denim jeans (with or without knee slits), white or black heels and a grey straight blazer-style coat

Black Stripe Crew Neck Long Sleeve Top- New Look

£6.99

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This long-sleeved top can be matched with pretty much any fashion item and look good. The all over stripe print is great for lifting day looks. It is made from soft cotton fabric and has a curved hem.  It has simple long sleeves that may be too long on petite females but can be easily rolled over and still look presentable. It has a casual fit that is true to size

Available at: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/jersey-tops/black-stripe-crew-neck-long-sleeve-top-_365522309

Wear with: Black jeans (with or without knee slits), true white slip on trainers, a black straight blazer-style jacket or a black bomber or leather jacket. Could also be worn with blue denim jeans (with or without knee slits), white or black heels and a grey or black straight blazer-style coat

Petite Stripe Mini Skirt- Topshop

£20.00

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This cute mini skirt has classic stripes and a zip fastening. Fits to size round the wasit but flares out slightly at the bottom due to the seams. Also avaliable in high waisted. On average, the skirt comes up mid-thigh level and is really versatile in terms of ocassion depending on what you dress it with. It allows easy transition and movement as it is slightly elasticated. However, it does look box shaped on some figures so I suggest trying it on

Avaliable at: http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/skirts-449/petite-stripe-mini-skirt-4996944?bi=0&ps=200#BVRRWidgetID

Wear with: A black crop top and autumunal hues for seasonal chic or a black long sleved top and a black cropped blazer or bomber with pure black slip on trainers or heels for a more professional look

Striped Knit Crop Top- Forever 21

£4.99

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This sleeveless crop top is made from a light-weight knit and features a v-neckline. It has a stretchy-fit which makes it easy to take on and off. It is quite figure-hugging but is not uncomplimentary. The material is soft and durable, despite the low cost, although is fairly thin.  Is suitable for an evening event or a casual top in the hotter seasons

Available at: http://www.forever21.com/UK/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&Category=top&ProductID=2000089408

Wear with: Black high-waisted or low-waisted jeans and black heels with a black jacket (bomber or leather). Could also be worn in summer with light-coloured denim shorts and sandals

Striped T-Shirt Dress- H&M

£14.99

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This classic cotton t-shirt dress has cuffed short sleeves and a round neckline. The fabric is soft, lightweight, fairly thick material with neat embroidery. On average, the skirt comes up mid-thigh level and falls loosely over the body (loose fit). It is a casual style which can be worn in a variety of ways making the dress versatile. However, the sizes are quite varied so I do suggest trying it on

Avaliable at: http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/ladies.html

Wear with: Pure white shoes and a black or kharki bomber jacket. Could also be worn with a cropped coloured blazer for a smarter and brighter look

White Ribbed Double Stripe Long Sleeve Top- New Look

£9.99

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This top carries a double stripe print design, a rounded neckline and simple long sleeves. It’s ribbed texture mean that it has a stretchy material making it easily able to suit any figure. The material is soft and long-lasting, despite the low cost. The material is quite thick so would be perfect for this time of year. The top is true to size

Available at: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/tops/white-ribbed-double-stripe-long-sleeve-top_353665219?tmcampid=UK_AFF_AffiliateWindow&extcam=UK_AFF_AFF_Awin&extcam=AFF_AFW_Lead+Generation+%28Email%29_http%3A%2F%2Fwww.affiliatewindow.com&affID=158752&awc=1946_1454107186_2a4f1b249a7dda4fca32e2c1b4937733

Wear with: Black jeans, pure black slip on trainers and a leather jacket for a more casual look or for a going out look style with a black leather-look skirt and peeptoe block heel ankle boots

Addidas Superstar Gs White Black Foundation- Office

£49.99

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These trainer-style shoes have been very popular recently and rightly so. They feature the signiture shell rubber toe box, three stripe side branding and a rubber cupsole. Sold at any good shoe retailer these shoes will definitely stand out and catch the public eye. They have been designed with a breathable mesh lining to ensure feet keep cool. True to size although could be too large after wear so may want to go down half a shoe size. Quality is great as long as you don’t overwear them. Stocked in a variety of colours and styles so definitely  check them out!

Avaliable at: http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/5,20/1872212210050?gclid=CNTtzOiF18oCFUWNGwodm7cAyQ

Wear with: Pretty much anything!

So there you have it. A little run down on the latest fashion trend and eight of my favourite items fitting the style. Hope you enjoyed the read and be sure to click again next week to see my January favourites! As always, hope you have a good week.

-LaurenRose

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