It’s long been understood that summer style is defined by nautical striped clothing, from dresses to sweaters. But the classic pattern is getting a 2022 makeover, thanks to new bold, exaggerated lines and a mixture of unexpected colorways.
Gone are the days when stripes were only reserved for casual daytime dressing. At her Spring 2022 runway collection, Tory Burch took the pattern from boating basic to exhilarating sartorial staple with super-sized striped dresses. Several other designers are also proving how stripes can be an eveningwear hero—see Harris Reed’s expertly tailored suits and Carolina Herrera’s dramatic gowns. And it’s not just the neutral black-and-white motifs that are having a moment. Prismatic stripes were major parts of Studio 189, Kenneth Ize, and Colville’s presentations.
If you’re looking for ways to hit refresh on your traditional summer stripes, you’re in the right place. You can go big with a head-to-toe matching set or take the effortless approach with a one-and-done dress. Either way, you’ll find the best striped clothing just ahead.