Sailing in Stripes!!!

Sailing In Stripe - Rupika Chopra

The Breton Stripes 🙂

Ola Everyone! So If you peep into anyone’s closet, you are sure to find a Striped T – Shirt, Shirt or a Sweater hanging in there. There is almost no one I know, who does not own a striped garment. It is like missing the basics in your fashion wardrobe. Stripes are simply cool and casual. There is something easy going about stripes yet they distinguish you from the rest impeccably.  From black and white to colourful stripes they are scorching the runways for years now and in the present scenario Stripes are the real attention seekers. Skin fit dresses, pants, blazers, formal dresses in organza and silk etc. have been eye catching at the Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Breaking the taboos of the past – Stripes have catapult itself to being chic on the high street fashion scene. Sailing in Stripe - Rupika Chopra

Stripes have come a long way from the Medieval times, when it was considered demeaning to wear them. During that time, it was a uniform worn by the prisoners, criminals including sex workers, clowns, jugglers etc. By the 18th Century, Europe witnessed this pattern as being accepted as fashionable by all. More sporty and casual attires were being produced in this design by then. Courtesy Queen Victoria, who in 1946 dressed her four-year-old son, Albert Edward in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht. Since then, stripes became the latest fad for one and all.

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The 1958 Act of France made it imperative for the sailors in the French Rivera to be dressed in blue and white striped woven jersey’s bearing 21 horizontal lines as their uniform, known as the “Mariniere”.  This law was passed so that the men of the French Navy could easily be spotted incase of emergencies or was overboard.

The classic Breton Stripe (navy blue and white stripped) T – shirts originated from a place called Brittany in France. Later in the year 1917, the famous french designer Gabriella Coco Chanel visited the coast and was taken aback by the striking stripes on the jerseys of the seaman. She then launched her Nautical Collection with Breton Stripe Tops and Jerseys and soon it became a rage among the posh heads as well.

By then Hollywood was smitten by these bar codes and you could see the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Seberg, Brigitte Bardot etc. wear them on boats and at leisure with much panache with high waisted trousers and jackets.

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By the 20th Century, United States also gave up the badge of shame attached to this striking pattern and it became the coolest attire for the punk rock lovers who wore these striped shirts under their biker jackets.

Stripes look dynamic worn both to work or a night out. You can easily decide the vibe you want out of a this pattern …..you can always team it up with right accessories and  change the look. In one of my blog posts I had mentioned earlier about how one can dress casual and formal in colourful stripes. Accessories change the whole vibe of an outfit. You can always choose to underplay or go blingy according to the occassion. My favourite stripe jersey is with blue and white stripes with an anchor made on it- it just looks spectacular when worn with white pants or shorts.

Horizontal, Vertical or Slanting – Stripes will always be the head turners !

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As you all know I like to break the fashion norms, so on my sailing trip to Thailand, I chose to wear the striped shorts which were high on comfort and style. You can team it up with a cool crop top. You could also wear it with a bikini top and dazzle.

My sailing trips are incomplete without my well made UPF hat and a good sunscreen with minimalistic make up. On trips like these I love to stay hydrated with coconut water and yes nothing surpasses the glow that comes from inner bliss. 🙂

So next time you sail guys -don’t forget to match with the French Rivera style!!!

Happy Sailing !!

Outfit : H&M , Sunglasses : Lespecs , Hat : John Lewis 

“High and Waisted”

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

The Super High Waisted Tapered Pants 🙂 

Who wears the pants in the House ……..Yeah…we do!!!

Summer is not yet over guys …….and till we can flash those abs without feeling the chill ….yeah… we will flaunt it, because we have it !!Oh my!! I still remember looking at Claudia Schiffer’s pictures in the high waisted pants …..Simply breath taking!!!                      I remember I got mine tailored in school just the same way and I did not feel any less wearing them to my school carnival. 🙂

From a time, when it was a big deal for women to wear pants in 1940’s …..(when women were striving for equal rights with men) – To now in the Millennial age – women have adorned pants from High, Mid to Low waist, boasting different cuts…..and styles. Pants actually paved their way through the bloomers. In 1851 a bloomer craze took over among women and they wore it under their dresses pushing boundaries with men. During the World War 1, when men went to  war, the women took their roles and wore their pants to work comfortably in the factories. 

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High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

It was in the 1920 ‘s when Coco Chanel stole her lovers riding trousers and wittily designed women’s pants for the purpose of riding. The famous Hollywood beauties Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich wore trousers and also photographed in a man’s Tuxedo…..which gave freedom to women to wear pants without being looked down upon in society. 

High waisted pants became a “must have” in 1970’s and the 80’s. By then the High Waisted Denims became super popular. Owning a pair was a must for every girl!!  Ask any lady about their closet favourite at that time…and they will surely mention about this versatile piece from their closet.

In 1990’s ofcourse the low rise waist took over and almost replaced the “high waisted fever ” for a while. But it happily found its way back in the fashion scene, taking over catwalks for all seasons. From Spring to Winter ……there are amazing styles displayed across the globe. I love the fact that fashion storyline has become so eclectic and similar across the world, thanks to globalisation undoubtedly.

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These Super High Waisted Tapered Pants are comfortable and cool to hang in anywhere. You can even wear them to work with a tucked in shirt or a sweet white top. They surely look elegant and accentuate your waist beautifully.

My white knotted shirt and flats ooze a relaxed vibe. I chose my Hat as the best accessory with this look and added some colour with my sun glasses.  The detailing on the trousers with crochet flowers is the most attractive part of my Kecks. 

High Waisted Tapered Pants - Rupika Chopra

This outfit is perfect for a causal day out anywhere. You will stand out and look chic without a doubt but, remember not to hold back and get  “High and Waisted ” 🙂 !!!

Pants: Zara , Top : H&M , Peep toes : Zara , Sunglasses : Zara , Hat: From a local store in Thailand!

Photographer – Mehak Khorana