Everyone loves a good Breton stripe, and in the resort season where nautical themes reign supreme, the evenly spaced horizontal lines are like royalty. But this season, a few brands broke away from the Breton, in favor of stripes with a less conventional rhythm. Look to Rebecca Minkoff for a hint of menswear inspiration in navy pinstripes on a tangerine backdrop. M Missoni cut the colorblock trend with diagonal bars, and Thakoon gave thick horizontal stripes a graphic feel. Rachel Roy embraced the squiggle effect, while Theyskens’ Theory kept their abstract print within the lines, decorating a white frock with speckled stripes.
The lesson here is a simple one: Keep your Breton tees in rotation, but give the unconventional a go as well. You won’t regret it.