Aaron Carter was way ahead of the curve with this one*. He wanted candy stripes in his wardrobe so much so that he made a song in which he wails: “I want Candy (Stripes)!” exactly 12 times. I counted. Aaron wanted them in the morning time. He wanted them in the hot sunshine. The guy just really wanted candy (stripes). And we certainly can’t blame him, because the lovefest that took place on S/S13 runways has proved that these stripes are indeed, quite irresistible.
Whether it was a thick stripe, thin stripe, curved stripe, or straight stripe, designers didn’t discriminate. Marc Jacobs proclaimed his love via pyjama-inspired suit sets, graphic tees, and floor length gowns. Vivienne Westwood serenaded with shirt dresses and voluminous dresses and skirts.
We may not be so vigilant in our courting of candy stripes, to paint our faces orange (as was seen on models in Westwood’s show), but what’s to say we shouldn’t show our endorsement of these qualified candidates who have put their hearts on the line?
It’s a bold pattern, but you’re hot, so don’t let Candy rattle you. Being that much of the appeal of these stripes stems from their whimsiness, I’m not going to bog you down with rules and restrictions.
Just two tips, so you can put your best stripe forward:
→If you’re doing striped pants, make them vertical. Longer legs, slimmer figure, no complaints. Unless you’re a 19th century prisoner or a Raggedy Ann doll, there’s no reason you should be punishing your figure with horizontals.
→Like any pattern, it you’re going for everyday wear, avoid doing stripes head to toe. An exception can be made if you’re working with a shorter hemline, but too much fabric with too much stripe (sounds blasphemous, but there can be too much of a good thing) can be a dealbreaker.
All in all, I think it’s safe to say that Aaron Carter is not only a musical genius, but a style forecasting prodigy as well. Hats off to you, Aaron. Best of luck with Candy. Marc and Vivienne are going to be stiff competition, but we’ll be wearing our stripes in support.
M. Niewielka uses candy stripes and pulls a modern day Marilyn.
A b&w rendition a la Tamii makes these stripes a little more office appropriate.
Lazy day? Band T/Candy Stripes/Sneakers. Meggstatus knows what’s up.
*The Strangeloves actually beat Aaron to it, but seeing that their serenade was released in 1965, I’m assuming that things didn’t work out between them and Candy (Stripes).
By Adrienne Y. Han