Fashion Through The Ages: How To Wear Retro Stripes

Stripes have been on-trend for several seasons and I am generally not really the stripe-type, but recently I realized I am quite fond of some stripes. I’m not talking about the thin sailor stripes nor the 70s style rainbow stripes. (Ick and we can save hippie stripes for another another time.)

The stripes I am drawn to right now are are reminiscent of a man’s striped tie – large, bold, strong and varied in size. In fact, these stripes are very much like a top I once stole from my mother. Admittedly she was no longer wearing the top because it was something she wore in the late 50s. I have “borrowed it” from her for the last 20 years or so. This top (pictured below) became one of my absolute favorite vintage pieces. It is so versatile I still wear it with black pants and skirts, jeans of course, and a pair of gold men’s 60s trousers I found at the Salvation Army that blend perfectly. I love the way this top is fitted and the large stripe sash of the same woven fabric creates different angles, and a bit of drama, when it is tied.



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Ah ha! So this is why I am so attracted to many of the variegated stripe tops, skirts, jackets and dresses by designers this last fall and in their upcoming spring collections. They look a lot like vintage pieces I adore. When the stripes are juxtaposed in different directions the pieces are flattering, extra special and also collectable. Pick up a new trend that is a little retro. You know whenever fashion is timeless, it’s a worthy investment.

Pictured at the top are a few of my favorite new pieces with retro-inspired stripes for you to shop. Some are on sale too!

Free People Baldwin Trousers, Now $96.20

Le Sarte Pettegole Ruffled Woven Stripe Blouse, now $119 plus EXTRA 40% OFF

Maggy London Stripe Midi Dress (Regular & Petite), $128

SMYTHE Hunting Blazer, $695

Altuzarra Striped Wool and Cotton-blend Skirt, 40% Off now $570

Exclusive for Intermix Tonya Off-The-Shoulder Top, now $239 plus an EXTRA 40% OFF



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