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How to wear zebra stripes (Scandi Style)

— by Alyson Walsh

Photos: Claire Pepper

Never an excessive dress-wearer, I have excelled myself this summer. This revised view of frocks is thanks largely to the Great Heatwave of 2018 and also to the abundance of shirt dresses of a certain length (I need the varicose vein coverage). The silk zebra striped dress is from Arket. The Swedish temple of minimalism that is rapidly becoming my new favourite shop. Bought at the same time as the oversized white shirt, I thought the zebra striped dress was going straight into the holiday box ready for next year, but the last days of summer are excelling themselves, too.

I keep reading about Scandinavian Style; how it’s not all plain white, neutrals and modernist furniture  – there are waves of colour and print blowing in across the North Sea. But we knew that anyway. See Marimekko, Josef Frank and more. As I pointed out in my first book, Style Forever, the Scandinista has her own laid-back style, her own fashion week (Stockholm) and an array of fabulous homegrown brands to choose from (Cos, By Malene Birger, Ganni, Gestuz, Acne). Unafraid to play around with masculine and feminine silhouettes, she loves mannish jackets and coats, minimal shapes, neutral colours and natural fabrics. But Scandi Style is not all boyfriend jackets and shades of greige, The Scandinista has an innate fondness for nautical stripes, patterned knitwear and beautiful bright prints.

 

 

Snazzy. Georgina Goodman hi-tops

I was delighted to read in The Times (thank you, Anna Murphy) that the collective noun for zebras is a dazzle.

Know Your Stripes

Spritzing the Basil & Neroli, scoffing ice-cream and hiding from autumn like a dazzle ship.

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