Norwich goes crazy for candy stripes

Stripe shift dress from the Spring collection in House of Fraser. Available from March.

Stripe shift dress from the Spring collection in House of Fraser. Available from March. - Credit: Archant

Be a candy girl as stripes are set to be a trend from now until Summer, says Emma Harrowing.

From the Spring and Summer collection at River Island.

From the Spring and Summer collection at River Island. - Credit: Archant

Every Spring the nautical look in all its navy and white striped glory predictably filters into the shops. It's a classic look and one that features in many collections, so much so that the Breton stripe top is a must-have item for any wardrobe.

This year however there is a changing wind when it comes to the traditional nautical style, not only are stripes on the fashion radar now the linear pattern has a new look

Trusty old navy and white is joined by acid brights and pastel stripes and old faithful medium stripes are making way for the next generation of wide or thin stripes. This new stripy look is all about creating more of an edge to the old classic; think pink and white candy striped ankle grazing trousers teamed with a slouchy or tailored peplum style acid bright stripe top.

The look is enough to make old navy and white move with the times. Blues become softer, or navy is revamped in a thin stripe and worn on the top and bottom, or stripes are teamed with navy and white colour blocking to create a more futuristic look.


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Get the look by wearing your navy and white stripe top with a pair of dark blue jeans and layering on a white and navy block pattern jacket (River Island has a great one in its Spring collection pictured on this page).

It's time to forget about the classic nautical look, for a while at least, and reinvent the stripy look for the new year.

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