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Back to basics: Stripes

Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK

Fashion trends come and go but if there's one pattern that never goes out of style it's stripes. The Breton stripe top has long been a wardrobe staple (apparently we've got Coco Chanel to thank for that) and I'm one of it's biggest fans. Paired with blue jeggings and a dainty necklace or tucked into a highwaisted denim or pleather skirt, striped tops are the basis of my go-to casual outfits.

If you feel like your wardrobe is lacking in the stripes department, I suggest you take a little trip to your local Primark. They've got stripy tops in all sorts of colour combinations and the best thing is they're only £4.00 each! I picked up these three striped tops in red and white, blue and white and black and white. Two of them have a scooped neck, but the blue and white stripe has a slashed neckline, which I found to be rather flattering on.

Oh and I know all of the fashion 'gurus' tell you that horizontal stripes make you look wider but I think it all depends on the size of the stripe. I find tops with thinner stripes tend to be the most flattering for my body shape. It's just about finding what works for you.

Are you a fan of the striped top? What are your other favourite fashion basics?