She’s hailed as the President of #TeamStripes and it’s easy to see why – Brisbane fashion blogger Brooke Falvey’s wardrobe is 90 per cent stripes! She chatted to haven about her tips and tricks for tackling the tricky trend (try saying that three times fast!).
When it comes to stripes, we’ve all heard plenty of ‘rules’ about how to wear them. Don’t wear stripes and floral prints, don’t over-accessorise a striped outfit, and definitely don’t wear horizontal stripes. But with striped fashion pieces popping up in fashion stores everywhere this season, it seems these rules were made to be broken.
If you’re unsure how to best utilise a fashionable stripe, Brisbane fashion blogger Brooke Falvey of ‘Blonde Ambition’ says you can’t go wrong with a classic Breton striped tee in navy and white. Team it with denim shorts or jeans, an Audrey Hepburn-inspired pant, pencil skirt for the office or even print pants if you’re feeling brave. Not convinced? Start small with an accessory like a scarf or bag, Brooke says.
When you reach the status of ‘Stripe Enthusiast’ you’ll see stripes as a wardrobe staple. Brooke says you can honestly team stripes with anything and everything, from distressed jeans and sequined skirts to printed pieces for the ultimate on-trend print clash.
“I don’t think there are any colour rules, but pairing a black-and-white stripe with a pattern that has black in it can look really great,” Brooke says. “Like with any piece of clothing, it’s not what you wear, it’s how you wear it. You can pull off almost any look as long as you feel great in it!”
Remember that cuts and fabric can make or break a piece of clothing, so don’t just grab the first striped thing you see and try to wing it. Even the President of #TeamStripes accepts that some stripes just aren’t for her.
“I’ve tried some striped jogger style-pants and they definitely don’t suit me,” Brooke says. “I don’t think there are any universal ‘no gos’ when it comes to stripes, but personal preference definitely comes into it. I love striped tees but I’m very particular on the fabric and cut because I don’t like anything too tight or clingy.
“Striped dresses are always a great staple and can be dressed up with heels, some statement jewellery and a clutch,” Brooke says. “Or you can throw on some leather espadrilles or ankle boots and a denim or leather jacket for a more casual look.”
So, is there such thing as too many stripes?
“Um, no!” Brooke laughs. “I don’t tend to wear stripes and stripes unless it’s a matching set, but I have been caught out in a striped dress, a striped cardigan with a striped blazer draped over my lap – total accidental zebra moment.”
Brooke let us in on some of her favourite shops for stripes. For the classics, Australian store Bon Label have quality tees in the timeless black and white stripe, while J.Crew and UK retailer Boden have Breton tees in a range of colours – even rainbow. And if you’re willing to go brighter and bolder, Country Road, Witchery and Saba will usually feature a few different stripes in their collections – from navy to metallic, and everything in between!
Words // Anastasia White