The right stripes

I don’t know about you, but I have A LOT of striped clothes – Breton tops in various shades, striped shirts and dresses, and even stripy bags. But this season I’m going to have to ween myself off them, because stripy shoes are a thing, and I’m in danger of looking like a walking bar code. In fact, I had to be really strict with myself when I got this tomato red dress from Arket because it also comes in, you guessed it, navy and white stripes (although I do LOVE this tomato).


1.Vibi Venezia x Yoox loafers, £83 (; Arket dress, £79 (; C Nicol Holly mini bag, £299 (

Now, I have included some sandals in this edit, because a) there are loads of really nice stripy ones around at the moment which might sell out before the summer, and b) you might have a holiday booked for Easter or May bank holiday and be in line for a new pair before the warmer climes hit in the UK. But there are also loafers and sneakers, so plenty to wear while the weather is still a bit unpredictable. As usual, there is something here for every budget. Stripe up your life, people!


2.Repetto striped loafers, £158 (; 3. River Island striped loafers, £36 (; 4. Penelope Chilvers Dandy pinstripe slipper, £249 (




adidas slides

5. adidas Adilette slides, £60 (

6.J Crew multi stripe criss cross sandals, £69.50 (; 7. Miista Valerie egg stripe sandals, £145 (; 8. Hibiscus espadrille sandals, £29 (


Superga stripe sneakers

9. Superga stripe 2750 sneakers, £39.42 (

10.Tory Burch striped leather sneakers, £200 (; 11. Good News Hurler Low, £60 (; 12. Eytys Viper sneaker, £150 (


If you want to let your shoes do the talking, keep the rest of your outfit nice and simple. While I have been known to attempt a double stripe with my Good News pinstripe sneakers, as a general rule, the bolder the stripe, the less likely this is to work. If you’re into busy outfits though, you could also try mixing a different print in the same colours – black and white gingham with the Repetto loafers, for example, would look fab – or clashing with something completely different, like a bright floral print.

Me + Em cord shirt jacket, £249 (; Arket twill work trousers, £59 (; Cambridge Satchel Company saddle bag, £120 (

COS silk-cotton polo shirt, £49 (; Toast seersucker gingham dress, £150 (; Mango yellow stripe shopper, £29.99 (

Zara floral windbreaker, £69.99 (; Monki Yoko jeans, £40 (; Bailey Nelson Archie sunglasses, £105 (

As always I’d love to hear what you think! Do you like statement shoes? Would you do a double stripe or clashing prints? Leave comments below…



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