Stripes – last summer we saw a lot of this on the catwalk; wide bands of orange, blue and red at Prada, billowing striped maxi dresses at Jil Sander and fruity striped jumpsuits at Marc Jacobs. Without a doubt last year stripes were bold. This spring, stripes give way to florals, but stripes remain a perennial fashion favourite for me – a pattern with lasting charm. Floral is cute, stripes can be a little more edgy:
Besides, I’ve been experiencing mixed feelings about the ‘prettiness’ of the current spring fashions anyway. I like to dare myself to be different but the florals we are presented with this summer are now feeling a bit too pristine and glossy for me. As you can tell, Blog Reader, I’m having a few doubts this weekend about where florals will ultimately sit in my wardrobe… (for a great discussion on this read the excellent and thought-provoking article by Daphne Merkin in Elle about spring’s ‘new prettiness’).
So, I’m taking a trip to Turkey in May and thoughts are already turning to my holiday wardrobe. I spied this split stripes maxi dress in Anthropologie and thought it was the perfect item for my travels. Anthropologie have some lovely items in store right now and most of them make me think about holiday wear. I love this cute flared Akebono Halter Dress and these Kivi wedges by Leifsdottir are such a crazy unique style to make a statement in (although sadly I don’t think I’ll be trekking around the ruins of the Lycian Way in these).
There is something quite comforting about a dress you can roll up and pack, then unroll throw on and wear day-to-night… I’m thinking about this dress for long walks on the beach, lunch by the sea (my head is in Turkey already, my body is still in New York City, can you tell I’m missing Europe?!)
Photos: the fabulous Lydia Hudgens.
Taking any trips this year, Blog Reader? What else do I need for the perfect summer holiday wardrobe? Also, your thoughts on stripes?