As I settled down to write this post, I found myself Googling ‘the psychology of why we like striped tops’. You won’t be surprised to learn that I did not find any answers, amazingly no one has studied the matter for their PhD. So it’s up to me to speculate as to why the women of Britain (France, and the world?) have a stripy top habit.
First, they have a classic association with Coco Chanel, and all things French and chic, and who doesn’t want a slice of that? Then, they go with everything, especially jeans, but everything really. And proximity. Everyone wears them, every shop stocks them, so what is the point in trying to resist?
One of my collection, a red Breton from Hobbs
I currently have more than half a dozen stripy tops on the go, and can’t imagine a time when I won’t. But just to try and mix it a tiny bit I challenged myself to go on one shopping trip, for tops to wear with jeans, where I was absolutely banned from buying anything stripy. This is what I found.
Swap stripes for slogans
Are slogans the new stripes? They are almost as ubiquitous.
These t-shirts by H&M were an absolute steal, just a few quid each, and I would have completely bypassed them if I hadn’t been trying to think outside of the stripy box. I’ll get more like it for the summer. The Be Mine t-shirt is £8.99. I couldn’t find the purple one on the H&M website but it is £9.99 in store. Perhaps they could be layered with a stripy top until it gets a bit warmer? Ha!
Apparently, the French don’t really use they phrase c’est la vie, they’ve just let us have it for our slogan jumpers. Whistles £79.
Are lips a bit like a slogan? I think so.
I find that Mint Velvet often stock nice simple, lightweight sweaters. And although it’s probably not what they are known for, nice strong colours too. This one is £69.
Swap stripes for flowers
Floral patterns are not my usual thing, but this shopping trip was about looking beyond the stripe, and plain tops are pretty dull. So flowers it is.
Green and pink are the everywhere colours at the moment, and this one looks good with denim don’t you think? H&M have a large selection of green blouses but again, don’t seem to offer this particular one online. £17.99 in store.
Ok, bear with me, I have styled this up a la my grandmother…..
This is a lightweight floral blouse by Whistles at £99. I just need to wear it with something underneath until the weather warms up.
Also flowers, also from Whistles.
Swap stripes for a pretty blouse
I actually bought this one a few weeks ago, and have worn in a couple of times already. It makes a nice girly change for me and has received compliments. A bit of a bargain from Zara at £25.99 and they have got lots more like it in for the summer. Lovely.
And a close up of the brooch for no particular reason.
Thank you so much for reading. I have enjoyed shopping for something other than my usual uniform and would really recommend it. Tell me what you like and what you don’t.
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