Style Inspiration: Nautical Stripes & the South of France
Tuesday 8th March, 2016
by Louise Keane
There’s something about stripes that makes me think immediately of the Cote d’Azur. Maybe it’s the association with those serried lines of striped umbrellas adorning the beaches in front of all the best hotels. Or maybe it harks back to the Riviera’s more humble beginnings as a string of fishing villages and the striped maillots of the fishermen—a look famously borrowed by Chanel.
Whatever the reason, it’s a pattern that is endlessly chic and adaptable, both for your wardrobe and for decorating your home inside and out.
Blue and white stripes are naturally the order of the day with their instant association with the coast, offering the promise of endless summer. What could beat blue and white for freshness and vivacity?
ONE – Zadig & Voltaire striped button-down blouse / TWO – Aerin large gold-tone comb / THREE – Tory Burch striped swimsuit / FOUR – J.Crew striped canvas pumps / FIVE – Dolce & Gabbana Beauty ‘Shine – Sophia Loren N1’ Lipstick / SIX – Bobbi Brown ‘beach’ Body Lotion
If you like the look of red and white stripes but would like to introduce it in a more subtle way into your home, then perhaps add some red detailing like the stripe on these curtains or some contrasting piping on a soft furnishing.
SEVEN – La Perla sailor stripes triangle bikini / EIGHT – Karen Walker tortoise sunglasses / NINE – A.P.C. striped silk sweater / TEN – 3.1 Phil.ip Lim striped canvas shorts / ELEVEN – Classic Soludos espadrille sandals
And then there’s black and white – the chicest combination of them all . . .
Images – 1 via Klara Miller | 2 via Kate Vaughan | 3 via Pinterest | 4 via Rosegal | 5 via Wolfcub | 6 via Pinterest | 7 via Sarah Richardson Design | 8 via Pinterest | 9 via Harpers Bazaar | 10 via Fashionising | 11 via The Pink Pagoda |12 via The Sugar Rain | 13 via Lifestyle Fabriek | 14 via Pinterest | 15 via Luxe Report | 16 via The Green-Eyed Girl | 17 via Southern Weddings | 18 via Fenwick
Louise Keane Interiors Editor, Edinburgh
Louise Keane grew up beside the sea in Dublin, inspiring a life-long love of the coast. She studied French and History of Art & Architecture in Trinity College in Dublin before moving to London to work first in publishing and then in Marketing & PR. After a move to Edinburgh, she decided to heed a creative urge which had been tugging at her sleeve for a number of years, and she retrained as an interior designer. While studying interior design, Louise discovered a love of pen and ink with watercolour illustration, which she now does alongside her interior design work. Louise runs her interior design company, Amalfi White Living, which offers her clients a fresh, elegant style, mixing vintage and modern pieces for a luxurious yet relaxed look. She dreams of renovating a white house by the sea.