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The Classic Sailor Stripe Sweater Is a Fall Fashion No-Brainer by Madeline Fass and Kristina Rutkowski

Striped sweaters have long been a wardrobe staple and every well-balanced closet deserves at least one. Long ago, the graphic navy and white striped Breton was the style du jour, fashioned from the original designs that members of the French navy wore in the 1800’s. Through the years, these striped sweaters became extremely popular and were made iconic by stars such as Brigitte Bardot and James Dean in the 1900’s. And today, nautical-inspired striped sweaters take on a more contemporary feel, available in many shapes and colors, making them a perennial favorite among designers and Vogue’s own fashion editors alike.

Fall makes for the perfect time to invest in these striped knit pieces. Who doesn’t need a cozy, everyday staple as the weather starts to change? Fortunately, in recent years, brands such as La Ligne and Kule have popped up on the market, basing their entire fashion lines on the concept of reinterpreting the classic stripe in the contemporary space. Designers like Khaite and Toteme always offer striped styles each season, crafted from luxe fabrications like high-quality cashmere and wool, while even budget-friendly brands like Everlane and J.Crew consistently carry a well-made version that won’t break the bank.

This season’s selection is extremely excellent as well. From a variety of stripe widths, to alternative silhouettes such as polo tops and collared cardigans, the options are limitless. Since the allure of classic stripes is rooted in effortlessness, that means these sweaters can be styled with extreme ease as well. Whether a chunky pullover speaks to you, or something more fitted fits the bill, you can still pair one with practically everything in your fall wardrobe—say, your favorite denim, trench coats, or designer boots. As such, these stylish graphic knits are sure to be one of your most worn items this season.

For an everlasting cool and casual look for fall, shop this season’s lineup of updated striped sweaters below.


The Betty sweater