I don’t mean thin little Breton stripes (for once) but big, bold, chunky, brightly coloured bands that make a statement all by themselves, requiring the simplest of accessories (flat leather sandals, a plain white tee) to finish off an outfit. This is 'pattern' without looking too girlie – crisp, graphic, confident.
There’s something so cheerful and uplifting about deckchair stripes – they are the epitome of summer, whether you’re thinking of a beach in the Hamptons, Whitstable or Sicily. And I’ve never given two hoots about whether horizontal stripes make you look ‘bigger’ – who cares? If you like them, wear them. Deckchair stripes go both ways.
When I think of deckchair stripes, Dolce & Gabbana’s SS/13 collection immediately springs to mind - those cool Sicilian dames soaking up the sun in their bold deckchair stripes - la dolce vita indeed. I want a piece of that bold, retro-infused style.
This Levi's Made and Crafted sundress has the perfect deckchair stripe for me - but they're selling out in the sale so if you like it, buy it!
Petit Bateau's stripy t-shirt dress has a cool, nautical feel to it.
The washed bands of colour on this A-line skirt from Jaeger look like a sunbleached deckchair that's seen several summers' use - I'd love it with a white t-shirt and canvas pumps.
I love the length of this Zara skirt – it hits just below the knee, the most flattering point - while the trousers are just mega-jazzy.
Gap's stripy cotton drawstring dresses are ideal for holidays - just roll them up and stuff them in your suitcase, any creases will be camouflaged by the pattern!
I wish J Crew would hurry up and open their London store. Anyway, these stripy pumps are the perfect partner for rolled-up boyfriend jeans.
And a more affordable footwear option in the deckchair stripe vein is this pair of espadrilles from... deckchairstripes.com!
Which go rather nicely with this matching canvas tote...
But it's Topshop Boutique who has come up with the most interesting twist on the deckchair stripe for me - really unusual colour combinations of burgundy, peach, olive and navy have been used on this strappy silk camisole (perfect with white bermuda shorts), a beautiful silk cocoon dress and other chic pieces. Bravo Topshop!