Maybe it's because the Henley Regatta has been right on my doorstep recently (the striped blazer game there is on another level); maybe it's Wimbledon; or maybe it's just that the deckchair manages to convey both a sense of British Summertime nostalgia and and the joie de vivre of the French Riviera in one piece of wood strung canvas, which as the summer holidays approach i'm more than here for.
The deckchair in its natural habitat: a london park
Whichever reason, I am firmly of the argument that the deckchair stripe has mood boosting qualities like no other. Undeniably life affirming, and yet inherently chic at the same time. Plus this season the catwalks are officially endorsing excessive deckchair stripes, usually layered up in one outfit. (Disclaimer: the catwalks always endorse a summer stripe- it's officially NEVER out of fashion)
Dressing like a deckchair. Never not a good thing. Images Anteprima, Ports 1961, Vivetta, Daniela Gregis
And before you ask YES stripe on stripe is always a good thing. Personally I'm on the colour co-ord team but there's a good argument for a colour clash. So- a wardrobe investment with longevity, which is easy to pair, and also acts as a neutral, so can be teamed with print as well as block colour. There are really no negatives. I'll be adding this excellent H&M sunhat, to my capsule summer holiday collection along with these Boden trousers ( most likely with the matching swimsuit) and the Marimekko skirt to work all year round. And dont forget second hand: stripes have been around forever so there are excellent vintage treats to be found.
Finally - fashion aside- the need for stripy deckchairs in my garden this summer is a strong one- so I thought i'd add a couple of options at different price points, and a very cute cushion, for your garden delectation. Enjoy.
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