TRENDY CLOTHING for ALL: Stripes

TAKE A LOOK at the latest fashions from Missoni, Givenchy and John Galliano, and one thing you won’t fail to notice is that stripes abound. Given fashion’s current obsession with all things geometric, it’s no wonder this pattern is showing up in abundance.

“Striped apparel is expected to do very well throughout 2014 and 2015,” says Shurli Allinott, president of Brandwear. “When you go into any retail store, you find a mix of striped apparel that creates interest.” Allinott is a fan of stripes for the instant fashion statement they make. “The beauty of stripes is that they can stand on their own. They can also be worn with a neutral or a bright color to add some fun to your wardrobe.” She makes a special note that neutral- based stripes for apparel “can be seen as quite progressive in terms of style.”