LINE UP FOR Contrast Piping

This summer, expect to see sportswear by the hottest designers lined with contrast piping, from jackets and running pants to golf skorts and sneakers. This unique design accent has a remarkable way of turning regular solid separates into sporty conversation pieces.

Cristina Dinica, senior marketing coordinator for Fersten Worldwide Inc., lauds contrast piping for the mere simplicity behind the idea. “Piping can add depth and movement to a garment, especially when using matching colored fabric with texture to create the piping,” she explains. “It can make the ordinary extraordinary, and it’s a great way to draw attention to a detail or add visual interest to a garment.” Dinica also points out that promotional wear has been implementing contrast piping for quite a while. 

“Piping adds another dimension to apparel basics and gives a fresh update to a traditional look,” says Rhea Aslin, divisional brand manager at SanMar. She explains how it works in terms of both solids and color-blocked items: “On a solid shirt, piping offers a nice contrasting detail to break up the look while providing pops of color. On a color-blocked shirt, piping adds additional visual details and can incorporate another uniforming color to tie together the look.”