Fall in line and rock stripes

Stripe skater dress, �50; earrings, �10; both Next (0844 844 8000/www.next.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.
Stripe skater dress, �50; earrings, �10; both Next (0844 844 8000/www.next.co.uk). Picture: PA Photo/Handout.

If you’re getting your wardrobe ‘straight’ for spring, just make sure it includes stripes. Stop and look in all directions on the high street for fashion’s equivalent of the pedestrian crossing.

This season, it’s a super-stripe takeover with linear style just about everywhere you turn.

As the defining pattern of the season, cutesy spots and polka dots have been ousted in favour of elongated and elegant stripes.

It was the graphic print of choice on the spring/summer 2013 catwalks at trend-setting giants Moschino, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana, and the linear look has stuck. Just about anything stripy goes, from horizontal, diagonal and vertical through to brights and monochrome.

Monochrome mania

Part of the appeal of stripes this season is the statement pairing with monochrome. Think pelican and zebra crossings for inspiration, and the bolder the better.

Old faithful nautical navy and white Breton stripes have been put on the back-burner; black and white are in favour.

Monochrome stripes may be uber-modern for summer 2013 but they also offer a retro Sixties spin, particularly if you choose a classic shift dress. Black and white may feel too harsh for some, so experiment with grey and white for a similar monotone effect that’s slightly softer for spring.

For an injection of colour, team your mono look with a scarlet accessory or hot red lips.

Pastel pretty

Stripes are the ideal scenario if plain pastels feel too girly or sickly sweet. White is your secret weapon to slice through the colour and keep the look fresh and contemporary.

Simply choose your favourite sorbet shade, from mint, rose, spearmint, lemon, lilac or lavender, and team with a neutral backdrop.

If you’re quite happy to go all-out with a knickerbocker glory effect, mix a mouthwatering selection of pastels together for a stripy dessert.

They may be pretty but pastel stripes still work for evening too. Turn to the dark side with black and a contrasting pastel shade for something more dramatic - a combination that works well on accessories.

Rainbow bright

Heading towards the summer months, lighten up with deckchair-inspired bright shades which are not just reserved for the beach.

Opt for a virtual candy cane of mixed bright colours in a statement piece, like a dress or skirt.

The more colours included in your print, the finer the stripe should be.

If you prefer bold, block stripes, then team your favourite bright colour with summer white - yellow is this summer’s shade of choice.

Stripes this bright are meant to take centre-stage, so keep accessories and fussy details to a minimum if you are rocking this bold and bright look.