Spots or stripes?

There are some things that are fashion perennials. Year after year they appear, in some shape or form, on the catwalks, or in the shopping mall stores. Spots and stripes are two of those.

But spots or stripes? Which are you? do you like the fun, retro pop of polka dots, or do your prefer the boldness of stripes? We can never decide. We like to be really bold and wear them together. But we know that’s not for everyone. We know for some it’s spots or stripes, and that’s fine.

If you’re in the spots corner, you probably love retro styles, pretty dresses,and bold colours. We love a polka dot dress. White Stuff’s green shift is bright and bold (£59.95), and Maine @ Debenhams’ navy polka dot midi (£40) has bigger, bolder dots. We adore JOY’s simple denim blue small dotty sundress (£40). An itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini sound familiar?! We love Floozie by FrostFrench’s retro version (top, £26.50, bottoms, £15, Debenhams) A simple polka dot Tee is a summer staple – this navy one is from French Connection (£36). And how about these Adidas Stan Smiths from Schuh, even better reduced from £67 to £44.99.

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Spots or stripes – maybe stripes are your favourite. We love a good stripe. They’re chic, classy, easy and striking. Stripes work brilliantly in simple items, or whole outfits. New Look’s striped midi skirt (£19.99) and matching crop top (£14.99) is a fantastic, bold outfit for a big night out. JOY’s full midi in multi-stripe chambray is a great daytime stripe (£45).

New Look’s stripy playsuit in bold colours is a fun fashion piece for summer (£19.99). JOY’s striped sweat (£32) is casual perfection. And if you like muted stripes, then H&M’s shopper (£24.99) or Schuh’s flat shoes (£28) are for you. And for the beach, J by Jasper Conran’s striped bikini (top, £28, bottoms £18, Debenhams) will get you noticed.

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So, spots or stripes? Which are you?

Learn your lines!

Learn you lines! Or earn your stripes! Mix up those stripes – diagonal, vertical, horizontal, wide, narrow or both.Stripes are a great spring fashion move – so learn your lines and wear them everywhere!

If you want to start somewhere simple, then learn your lines with a top first of all. A simple top is great for stripes novices. We love French Connection’s wide-hemmed striped top (£60), and we also love H&M’s longline multi-coloured stripe shirt (£29.99) – totally 90s.

Simple Tees are perfect – BHS’s black and white slash neck goes with everything (£7.50) and White Stuff’s blue and white has a great neckline (£19.95).

Principles by Ben De Lisi’s black and white striped jumper is a great bold spring knit (£38, Debenhams), and BHS’s bold blue green and white top is, well, bold (£20). Whereas White Stuff’s muted pastel stripe vest is much more subtle (£37.50)

learn your lines threeIf you are feeling brave, go for crazy with stripes and learn your lines the bold way. Are you brave enough to wear New Look’s multi-stripe trousers? (£17.99).

A striped coat is a statement – this one is from J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams (£85). New Look’s grey stripe skirt is more subtle (£17.99) and has a fab paper bag waist. New Look’s pale stripe skirt is spring in a skirt (£19.99). GAP’s gorgeous oversized chunky stripe cardigan is fab for a fun cover-up (£22.95).

Striped accessories look bright and modern – New Look’s multi-coloured bag is great for city or beach (£19.99) and H&M’s striped loafers (£9.99) are a cheap and cheerful way to cheer up your look.

learn your lines twoA striped dress or jumpsuit is a bold statement. Perfect for a city wedding, or a summer night. French Connection’s cotton long sleeve jersey dress is simple and chic (£45). New Look’s monochrome strip jumpsuit (£22.99) is uber-stylish – team with a floppy hat and wedges for a great 1970s inspired look.

And New Look’s big bright hankie hemmed dress (£22.99) is fresh and bright. New Look have a lot of stripes this season – their pink and blue shirt dress is another bold spring statement piece (£22.99).

For stripes in a quieter way, BHS offer green and blue in a tie-waist knit dress (£25), and a simple monochrome tunic (£35).

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