Everywhere a Stripe

by Hollis and Prince

Valerija Kelva wearing a striped maxi dress from the Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Photograph from the February 2011 issue of Vogue Italia - shot by Paolo Roversi

I have a problem. Not a crisis, but a problem that I think most fashion/shopping obsessed individuals have. I like what I like, and each season I become so focused on one particular style. What ends up happening is that each time I shop I’m continuously drawn to similar shirts, dresses, pants, or what-have-you, that mimic the look that I’m currently in love with. In turn, while I may be out to find something completely different, I end up buying clothing similar to a garment I already own. Case in point: my compulsion with stripes. I LOVE stripes! Having just done a quick inventory of my closet, I’ve counted 12 striped items, which doesn’t include my laundry hamper and mending pile. I’ll justify this number by expressing that there’s always an occasion for stripes, which can be paired with anything. My look du jour is a striped shirt, paired with a blazer, skinny jeans and knee high boots (à la Kate Moss). I have, though, recognized that I have a stripe problem and have made a conscious effort to put the stripe down when I’m in a shop.

Chalk and Navy Stripe Pablo Top from The Row Resort 2012 Collection - photograph from The Row

Sometimes it can’t be helped. For example, the other day I was at a local thrift store (Value Village in Bayers Lake to be exact), where I was looking for something specific. A friend of mine had just laid claim to an old camel coloured coat that belonged to his grandfather. Not having a camel coloured coat (strange?) I decided to try local thrift and vintage stores to see if I could find myself a similar frock. Not wanting to stray from my purpose, I beelined it to the coat section and had a look. Nothing. Disappointed, I figured while I’m here it would be silly not to have a look around. So I did. And what did I come up with? A striped blue and white t, with a flower appliqué by Joe Fresh. Now logically, I thought “You already have a blue and white striped sweater at home”, but the illogical thought that overcame that was “But you don’t have a blue and white striped t, with a flower appliqué… and it’s only $3.99″. So illogicality won, and I ended up buying the shirt (along with a white shirt that I already own from the Gap in a different colour, a Gap dress, and Calvin Klein blouse).  I’m pleased, but really was it necessary? Sadly, I say yes.

Striped t-shirt from Mango - Photography courtesy of Mango

So maybe, once the new women’s collections are revealed for fall/winter and spring/summer, I’ll develop a new obsession and stop buying so many friggin’ stripes. In the meantime, I’ll admire what I have and try my very best not to buy any more… even if they’re only $3.99.

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