Vertical stripes are outstripping other patterns on the runway left and right, or should I say, up and down? Whether they’re pinstripes in black and white, or multicolored stripes paired with a plethora of prints, almost every designer has decorated their models with this perpendicular pattern. Let’s take a look at the most popular performers of vertical stripes.
Black and White
Black and white is a classic color combination. The juxtaposition of dark and light gives each color a vibrancy they don’t have in any other pairing. This is especially noticeable in patterns like vertical stripes, like Krizia’s thick striped skirt and shirt. Alice + Olivia and Each x Others both use a black base with white stripes, really causing the white to stand out. Gabriela Hearst, on the other hand uses a white base which causes the eye to jump right to the thin, black stripes. Antonio Marras uses a little grey in his striped suiting, relaxing the vibrancy of dark vs. light and bringing a softer touch to vertical stripes.
Big on the basics? Bag these fabrics:
Whether you want one color paired with black or white, or a myriad of different shades, vertical stripes are the way to go. Luisa Beccaria and Mara Hoffman stick with one color and one basic, while PH5 layers multiple colors over white. Attico uses sequins to stand out, creating the perfect party garment, both flashy and relaxed. Victoria Beckham gets creative by using two colors layered over white, and utilizing shapes to creates stripes.
Craving colors? Check out these fabrics:
Mixed with Stripes
Whether it’s stripes over stripes, or stripes and floral or geometric shapes, pattern mixing has become quite popular on the runway. Missoni layers striped garments, both horizontal and vertical, for fun and fabulous casual wear, while Ace & Jig does the same with an Americana-esque dress and shirt. Tanya Taylor and Warm pair floral garments with striped garments, while I’M Isola Marras throws flowers right on top of vertical stripes.
Perplexed by a plethora of patterns? Pick up these prints:
Although an iconic business look, designers have started to utilize pinstripes for a variety of affairs. Naeem Khan adds some flash and flare to the business suit with sequined stripes, while Khaite and Tome throw stripes on a slouchy button up. ZAC Zac Posen uses pinstripes on a beautiful trench coat, perfect for afternoon drizzles and and morning downpours, while Simonetta Ravizza’s pinstriped dress is great for soaking up sun and perusing the board walk shops.
Pining for pinstripes? Check out these fabrics:
Some people prefer thick to thin, which is why thick vertical stripes have made their way onto the runway. Agnona and Tsumori Chisato are ready for the beach with relaxed garments of thick stripes, while Alberta Ferretti gets formal with a thick striped suit. Adam Lippes thick striped dress is perfect for dinner parties and boozy brunches, and you can’t go wrong in Partow’s soft striped dress.
Thinking of thick stripes? Think about these fabrics:
Are you partial to perpendiculars? Or are you unresponsive to vericals? Let me know in the comments!