I have been reading up on stripes lately, as it is marked the trend of summer 2017. Walk into any apparel store, browse any online shop, you will find quite a selection. Like a baby doll pink off the shoulder top at Club Monaco, or a red shirt dress, as seen on WhatDemiWore. And of course, the staple blue stripe continues to lead the charge. It is common knowledge that this pattern is a classic, and is never out of style. But its popularity this season has me wondering, how did this print earn its “stripes?” Pun totally intended, if you’re asking.
A Kinfolk article by Lucy Ballantyne rendered useful insight, describing stripes’ journey from a hallmark of disobedience, to becoming a customary fixture in fashion, and essentially, our lives. As with all important things, there is a story trailing behind, and appreciations to follow. This is mine.