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Earn your stripes; Go graphic with this summer's shortcut to streamlined. LISA HAYNES shows you how to do linear style.

IT'S the graphic trend that keeps on giving when it comes to limb lengthening. If you're not already sold on stripes, this is the season to add illusion-prompting lines to your fashion itinerary.

The SS17 catwalks practically turned into a barcode of stripyness, ranging from subtle PJ pinstripes to uber-bold panels.

With all those clean, straight lines, stripes are the minimalist's way to do impactful prints. Classic monochrome is the starkest way to wear them, while multicoloured seaside stripes are the loudest - think of the brightest deckchair on a beautiful beach.

Line up for this summer's hottest stripes...

ZEBRA CROSSING If you're fully committed to the linear look, go bold with uber-wide vertical or horizontal stripes. As a rule, keep one of the contrasting colours in a neutral, like black, navy, cream or white, to avoid overkill. Black and white is everyone's best friend but red and cream is this summer's hottest colour combo.

| STRIPE STYLE TIP: Wear your silhouettes in extremes, such as wide-leg pants or a structured dress to give bold stripes a good canvas.

CLASH TACTICS If one stripe isn't enough, do the double. This season stripes are pre-primed to clash whether it's different directions, mixed bands, or contrasting colours. Think of your body as a human barcode. Go clash crazy with one piece where the work has all been done for you, or try separates with different stripe directions for a double illusion. | STRIPE STYLE TIP: Bold, mixed prints are busy enough solo, so scale down your jewellery and accessorising to maximise your statement stripes.

PYJAMA PARTY They were once the kind of stripes you snoozed in, but pyjama stripes are enjoying a moment outside of the bedroom. If you're feeling brave (or sleepy), go for a full Lanvin-inspired two-piece stripeathon with matching top and trousers. For a more subtle approach, pull on a nightshirt-style tunic with jeans, so there's no mistaking your nightwear as daywear.

| STRIPE STYLE TIP: PJ-style stripe pieces are best served in sheeny fabrics, like silk. Look for seamless underwear to avoid any show-through.

Y.shirt PS


Topshop silk satin stripe trousers by Boutique PS90,

J by Jasper Conran at Debenhams stripe skirt PS70, out end of May,

Finery Savona stripe dress PS149,

V by Very crew neck contrast stripe jumper PS10,

Jigsaw stripe tunic PS119, available end of May,

Whistles silk stripe tie front trouser PS249, and matching stripe cami PS159,

Y.A.S Jola striped long shirt at Brand Attic PS22,

Simply Be Beach to Beach stripe jumpsuit PS30,

Oliver Bonas Absorb asymmetric stripe dress PS69.50,

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 23, 2017
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