Winter is great because it gives you an excuse to buy new stuff and justify it as an ‘investment purchase’. Then you get to wear it all at once and call it layering. The only problem is that autumn/winter colour palettes tend towards the dark side, so when you layer it all up there’s a danger you’ll look like a basketball player from the future attending a funeral in space a.k.a. STREET GOTH™. The answer is to add in a more summery element to break up the monochrome moodiness, and stripes are your friend here with their connotations of lazy summer afternoons sipping beer on yachts. We’ve lined up a strong stripy selection for your layering pleasure: read on and shop each item directly by clicking on the banners…
NEIGHBORHOOD BORDER WAFFLE STRIPE CREW
“I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders”, sang Johnny Cash. But I bet his stripes weren’t surprisingly well priced, made in Japan from premium waffle cotton and styled beneath a classic rain mac for an effortless autumn look.
STUSSY WORK PANTS
Legend has it that vertical stripes make you look slimmer and taller. These Stüssy work pants will also make you look cooler and feel warmer with their heavyweight hickory stripe fabric, plus you can flex on all your basic friends who don’t have hammer loops.
STUTTERHEIM VASTERTORP BOMBER JACKET
Sometimes you only need one stripe to lift the mood, not a whole load of them. Especially when that one stripe is bright orange. Stutterheim’s version of the ever-popular bomber jacket features their signature rubberised cotton and welded seams, while the massive sportswear-inspired orange chevron stripe across the chest will make you look and feel like a rainproof superhero.
STUSSY RACE LONG-SLEEVE CREWNECK T-SHIRT
More Stüssy goodness with this retro-racing-style long sleeve tee. No high concept needed here, it’s just bold stripes and clean typography combined with a heavyweight jersey base for a very strong mid-layer option.
UNIVERSAL WORKS FINE STRIPE PATCH SHIRT
This subtly subversive shirt takes the classic pinstripe investment banker flex and switches it up with a host of assorted patches reminiscent of classic Japanese boro fabric mixed with dazzle camo. The way the world is going now, we’ll all probably be living the life of foraging scavengers in ragged patchwork clothing soon anyway. So you may as well buy this now and be the most stylish guy at the Apocalypse.
ADIDAS ORIGINALS GAZELLE
We couldn’t do a post about stripes without mentioning the famous three that adorn the side of many of our favourite shoes. First released back in 1968, the Gazelle is a bona fide classic that comes in pretty much every colour imaginable and goes with absolutely anything. You can’t go wrong with these iconic beauties.
STÜSSY HIGHBALL GLASS SET
The gold branding just about counts as a stripe, but more importantly this set of glasses is well-priced but will still make you feel like some kind of streetwear Don Draper. If you don’t have a silk dressing gown, now is the time to cop. Investment purchases, remember?