Fashion trend: How to ace your ‘stripes’ look

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Huma Qureshi in a pinstripe outfit Two Point Two. Pics/Shadab Khan, Satej Shinde

Huma Qureshi in a pinstripe outfit Two Point Two. Pics/Shadab Khan, Satej Shinde

When Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi made an appearance at the first-day-first-show of Lakmé Fashion Week's Summer/Resort 2018 edition, which wrapped up last week, her outfit - a pinstripe full-sleeve blouse teamed with flared trousers - signalled the return of the linear pattern. Over the next five days that the event lasted, repeatedly, designers adopted this linear approach to decoration, making its better-known partner, the horizontal stripe, a distant memory. A summer feast of clean and crisp, vertical stripes are age-appropriate, classic and versatile, and have the ability to perform flattering tricks for every body type. Before you try the look, arm yourself with information. If you don't know your pinstripe from your awning stripe, here's a quick guide.

Pinstripes
Associated with stuffy bankers, this print was reimagined in the traditional pin-thin style as well as through chalk stripes that resemble the lines of a tailor's chalk. Maku, Soham Dave, Asa, Rara Avis by Sonal Verma, Khumanthem and Two Point Two presented designs that inspire us to challenge boardroom inertia, and experiment with the boy-meets-girl trend.

Awning Stripes
The name originates from awning fabric. This variety is the widest of the bunch, usually consisting of evenly spaced solid stripes. Like being risqué? Take a cue from Rajesh Pratap Singh who dreamed up a daring statement piece in this austere shift dress.

Anjali Patel Mehta of Studio Verandah
Anjali Patel Mehta of Studio Verandah

Roman Stripes
Stripes will never be same again, thanks to Anjali Patel Mehta of Studio Verandah who showcased sexy ways to wear the vibrant Roman stripes. Think bright, multi-hued contrasting vertical stripes of consistent width, and you have the Roman stripe. The young designer contrasted electric shades of sorbet on a plunging blouse, and a happy-go-lucky shift dress.

Ikai by  Ragini Ahuja
Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

Pencil Stripes
This stripe falls somewhere between a pin and a candy stripe. The width usually depends on the background it appears on, and it's also called the dress stripe. Ikai by Ragini Ahuja celebrated this stripe with our favourite pair of the wide leg trousers and floor length jacket, set off by heels. Kuzu presented a sugary asymmetrical jacket in pencil stripes.

Dhruv Kapoor
Dhruv Kapoor

Candy Stripes
Nothing spells fun like candy stripes - a downsized version of awning stripes, in smacking bright colours. Dhruv Kapoor looked like he had the most fun pairing chocolate with pink in a billowing tea-length summer frock, while Vineet Rahul mixed the pattern with floral smudges in a handkerchief tunic, and a mid-riff skimming separate from Saaksha & Kinni.

Tahweave
Tahweave

Bengal Stripes
Sitting between not too stark or subtle, not too thin or wide, the Bengal stripe bodes well with both solids and patterns. Moving beyond keeping male shirts company, it has found favour with women by appearing on cropped trousers, like in designs by Amrich, a dropped shoulder shirt by Amit Wadhwa, and Tahweave's balmy long jacket.

The Goldloom by Gocoop
The Goldloom by Gocoop

Hairline Stripes
The thinnest in the stripe family, the hairline stripes appear as a solid colour with texture on a fabric, because these stripes are super-fine and placed closely. The cynical who treat the stripe trend with distrust should start here - an ankle skirt by Amit & Richard for Usha Silai Project or that familiar shirt by The Goldloom by Gocoop.

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