It’s A Good Season For Stripes 🌈

Colorful & Classic Striped Sweaters. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve almost never met a stripe I didn’t like. 😉 They can be classic or offbeat, and I find them one of the easiest patterns to wear. Stripes can add a focal point to a simple outfit without screaming for attention. A striped top looks more “finished” on its own than a solid one, IMO. And it looks fabulous layered underneath a jacket or cardigan. They’re also an easy starting point for mixing patterns, if that’s your thing. Now that the weather’s cooled down, I have my eye on some striped sweaters for layering….

A Fresh Crop of Striped Sweaters…

Many of us were raised with the notion that horizontal stripes are “unflattering.” That isn’t inherently true. I think it depends more on the cut of the garment, the fabric, and how we style it. And no, we don’t have to hew to the concept of always trying to look taller and thinner. Sometimes wearing what makes us happy is the most flattering choice of all.

But certain stripes can be easier to wear…

Veronica Beard sweater with irregular stripes. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Irregular stripes like these can draw the eye up and down rather than across. The softness and low contrast of most of the stripes also helps.

J.Crew multicolor cashmere striped sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I saw this sweater in person over the weekend, and may go back for it. Most of the colors are in my palette, too! (The dark color is navy, not black.)

Talbot's striped cashmere sweater with button cuffs. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Narrow stripes with more “negative space” in between are another way to minimize the horizontal effect. This sweater is neutral, timeless and classic in ivory and black, but is also offered in a pretty raspberry pink. The button cuffs are a nice detail, too. In Misses, Petites, Plus, and Plus Petite.

Court & Rowe mockneck cotton stripe sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

For those who need a wool-free option, this 100% cotton sweater also has some nice button detail at the shoulder. Other color combos too, and it’s currently 40% off!

Madewell scoopneck stripe sweater with puff sleeves. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s another wool-free option. The open neckline and gathered sleeves make this more feminine, while the stripes keep it from being too frou-frou.

Scotch & Soda colorblock striped sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve also been seeing a LOT of styles with these broad, color-blocked stripes. This is definitely a more bold and vibrant look, but the the softer contrast between the colors here keeps it from being overwhelming.

Lands' End plus size colorblock cotton sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a plus-size option that’s also wool-free.

Anthropologie Keane striped sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Color, but make it subtle. This one’s wool-free as well.

Gap striped dog sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And let’s not forget Fido! This sweater has a hood to keep his little noggin warm too.

Do you like colorful stripes, or do you stick to neutrals?

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9 Comments

  1. November 11, 2019 / 5:55 am

    Bought two of the dog sweaters – so adorable.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 11, 2019 / 7:01 am

      I want to see pictures of those adorable pups in their sweaters! 🙂

  2. Nancy
    November 11, 2019 / 7:29 am

    I’m so glad stripes are back, especially the big block stripes. Wearing all solid colors was getting boring.m

  3. Rondi
    November 11, 2019 / 7:35 am

    I love stripes also! Thanks for all the bits of info too. I didn’t know there was so much to learn about stripes. Very informative!

  4. Susan
    November 11, 2019 / 7:53 am

    Yes, a stripped top does look more finished. These options are fun to explore with outside temps in teens this morning. Thanks for including so many choices.

  5. M
    November 11, 2019 / 8:31 am

    I’m sat here reading your blog in my striped cashmere jumper not unlike the one you are thinking about for yourself. Pattern on top, to divert eyes away from hips. I love some of the jumpers you have featured here.

  6. Lee Rosenthall
    November 11, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    I adore stripes too. I think your devotion to them is what has kept me coming back to your blog over the years. I generally prefer simpler, two-color, patterns, but I LOVE that J. Crew colorful number. Please model it if you end up buying it. If there’s one garment that makes someone a gamine, in my mind, it’s a striped tee/mariniere/sweater/jumper. So very French too. My fox terrier HATES to wear a coat or sweater (bought him a beautiful red cable turtleneck last year that he won’t walk in), but that hooded one is tempting me!

  7. Mary Wilson Jarrett
    November 11, 2019 / 4:10 pm

    I love stripes too – but hav too many! I’m thinking Dots might work in a similar way?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      November 11, 2019 / 4:12 pm

      Yes, really any repeated graphic print can be used the same way. (One of the reasons that leopard print remains a classic. 😉 )

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