Chic summer trend: Do the stripe-tease!

If there’s one trend most international celebs are wearing this spring (summer for us), it’s the Breton stripes aka French navy stripes (Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung, Claudia Schiffer). In an earlier post, we wrote about wearing neon and bright stripes this summer. In this post, we show you more ways to wear the stripes.

Wear the stripes differently

Give the stripes a 2011 twist by wearing a tshirt, blouse or dress with stripes in navy or black (or whatever colour you please) that are thinner, narrower, wider or closer. Guaranteed to make you look trendy without being a clone.

Below (left to right): Picasso stripes slouch dress (girls) from French Connection; look from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

French Connection striped dress

Keep it casual or make it formal

For a casual look, guys and girls can wear their striped tshirt with straight or boot-cut jeans and a sun hat. Girls can carry a slouchy bag. For a formal or semi-casual chic look, wear the top with white, navy or beige trousers or loose-fit pants.

Below: Hat from Zara (guys)

Zara hat

Add another trend

Girls can mix navy-striped blouses with hot trends like lace or soft shoulders. Guys can look for navy stripes with trends like the ubiquitous “numbered” tees or with fabric detailing on sleeves and collars.

Below: Stripe numbered tee from French Connection (guys), double stripe t-shirt (guys) from Zara, look from S.Oliver spring/summer collection

Zara double stripe tshirtFrench Connection stripe tee

s.Oliver Casual navy stripes with lace blouse

Mix and clash

Print mixing is big this season, so why not mix your stripes with spots, stars, florals or other prints? Girls can wear lacy or printed skirts or expertly mix blocks of colour and print, while guys can team it with checkered shorts.

Below: Dress from Mango, skirt from French Connection.

Mango dressFrench Connection white lace skirt





How are you wearing stripes this summer?

Chic finds: Summer essentials for guys

Why should girls have all the fun, right? With the change of season, it’s time for guys to update their wardrobes too. We dig out the bare summer essentials for the boys:

White shirt

Simple and summery, can be worn casually or to work. White linens are excellent for the terribly hot Indian summer.

Below: White shirt from Energie’s Summer/ Resort 2011 collection; white shirt from Zara.

Energie white shirt Zara white shirt

Fun summer wear

Even the “grownup” boys can have fun in the summer. These casual and fun shirts and tshirts are just for them. 🙂

Below (left to right): Tshirt from French Connection; shirt from Lee.

French Connection printed tshirt Lee blue shirt casual

Shorts/ Bermudas

In neutral shades or bright, plain or printed, nothing beats a pair of comfy shorts and bermudas to lounge around in.

Below (left to right): Look from Celio’s Spring/ Summer 2011 collection, bermudas from Lee.

Models @ celio fashion show (2) - CopyLee bermudas


Canvas or fabric sneakers in bright colours or white are ideal to pair with bermudas, jeans and casual Fridays.

Below (left to right): Sneakers from Energie; canvas sneakers from Converse.

Energie sneakersConverse canvas sneakers


Hot sunglasses for hot weather!

Below: Sunglasses from Fastrack


Fastrack sunglasses


Bonus: Bright colours

If women can wear bold pop colours, why can’t men? And hey, they need not look like Govinda. 😛

Below (left to right): Yellow tshirt from Cantabil’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection styled by Rocky S; blue pants from Energie’s Summer/Resort 2011 collection.

yellow tee Cantabil Blue pants from energie








What is your brother/ friend/ boyfriend wearing this summer?