Styling horizontal and vertical stripes

I have my HøFSister back! Words cannot express how exciting this is. After a painful summer of hobbling around on crutches, Zo is finally able to get her life back on track. Sadly, only 2 weeks before I leave for Cape Town. We haven’t been able to spend nearly enough time together over the last few months and I’m incredibly sad at the thought of saying goodbye, for 3 months at least. Although I’m hoping my relentless pleading for Zo to come out and visit me will eventually be rewarded…! But never fear, Dear Readers, we will be posting photos throughout the 3 months from both London and Cape Town, plus some pre-taken shots of the two of us styling trends in different ways. Yup, how organised is that?!

Styling horizontal and vertical stripes

To celebrate Zo’s return to fitness and getting her life back, we thought we’d revisit a trend that we both adore – stripes. Fat stripes, thin stripes, breton stripes, pinstripes, we just love this timeless style. They typically operate in our daytime wardrobe, perhaps for the office or a relaxed weekend vibe. One of our favourite brands for beautiful basics that will stand the test of time is Baukjen. Zo and I each picked out our favourite striped piece from their new collection to style our own way. Discover below how to style stripes two ways for a chic everyday look.

Zoe: Horizontal Stripes In Pastel Pink

How to style horizontal stripes & tonal dressing

High rise jeans, £59, & Other Stories

How lovely it is to be back! I hope my absence hasn’t felt too long. For me it has been endless, of course, and laden with frustration. My only subsequent piece of advice – I urge you all to look after your bodies well! They do an amazing job carrying us through our lives, and most days without complaint. Look out for my mismatched coloured feet as a little reminder 🙂

So, the new two-legged me decided to choose some very feminine stripes from Baukjen on her first day back. Paired with these absolutely fabulous high-waisted jeans from & Other Stories, I felt flirtatious and flighty. Why have I left it this long to get in on the high-waisted trend? They are such a natural choice for a comfortable and slim silhouette, and the emphasis on the waist does a marvellous job of balancing out wide hips.

Tonal dressing: pastel pink stripes and a red suede bucket bag

Lily Relaxed Stripes, £69, Baukjen

The bucket bag was a fun find from Next and a steal at £28. I love the strong berry colour against the washed out jeans, and this is a colour that is going to be everywhere come Autumn so you will get plenty of bang for your buck. As for shoes, this outfit would work just as well with flats, but my physio has told me I have to stick to heels for now so as not to overwork my Achilles. Well, if needs must! These pumps are from Fitters Footwear, where you can shop with 15% off with our exclusive discount code: 6QK5LD.

Tonal dressing: pastel pink stripes and a red suede bucket bag

Bucket Bag, £28, NEXT

As a postscript, I have to say a huge thank you to Craig Clark, the amazing Colour Director at Stil Salon in Notting Hill. He has worked wonders and brought life back to my frazzled and sun-bleached locks – a true genius in the art of Scandi blonde hair.

Hannah: Vertical Stripes In Blue

Forever Karlie by Frame. Perfect jeans for long legs.

Forever Karlie by Frame Flares, £232

The pinstripes of this on trend wraparound shirt drew me in because of the versatility of the style. I felt I would get so much use out of it and particularly loved how the lengthy tie effectively corseted the waist, layering horizontal stripes over vertical stripes.

Flares may seem a strange choice, but it feels like some element of the 70’s has permeated every corner of the fashion universe in the new season. Plus this denim style is the gift that keeps on giving when you’re tall – flares look fantastic on long legs. Coming in at a little over 6’1, it was inevitable that Karlie Kloss’s collaboration with American denim brand, Frame, was always going to be a tall girl’s dream. Frame now ship to the UK so head to the Forever Karlie page and take your pick of extreme length, high quality denim. They’re pricey but they will be a mainstay of your wardrobe for years to come.

Styling a striped wrap shirt by Baukjen

Mattie Stripe Blouse, £99, Baukjen

AW17/18 Brown suede bag by Jimmy Choo

The tan suede bag by Jimmy Choo is from the new season collection; the punk-style studs add a wonderful contrast to what is otherwise a fairly clean cut look. To be honest, the jeans are so long it doesn’t really matter what shoes you have on, but open toe (if you’ve got painted nails) or a pointed toe would work best. But you will need a heel unless you want to pick up a few inches of dirt on your hems.

Styling horizontal and vertical stripes

And now, to make up for our lost summer together, the sisters in stripes are heading out for a well-earned brunch in one of favourite daytime spots, No197 Chiswick Fire Station. So much to catch up on over our Almond Milk Flat Whites.


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Hair colour by: Craig Clark at STIL Salon, Notting Hill

Clothes curated by: Emily Giffard-Taylor of Bees & Taylor