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Parsing Trends: Banker Stripes

I know, we already talked about stripes last week - but these stripes are smaller, narrower, and carry a different set of baggage! This type of stripe includes pinstripes and is reminiscent of traditional menswear suiting (hence the "banker" moniker).

Let's take a look at what these stripes say about you - it's not all about banking, I promise!

Positive Connotations

  • Traditional
  • Responsible
  • Masculine
  • Capable
  • Professional
  • Conservative
  • Intelligent
  • Conventional

Negative Connotations

  • Narrow-Minded
  • Uptight
  • Mannish
  • Stuffy
  • Bossy
  • Restrictive
  • Boring
  • Mundane
  • Old


Keep in mind that these connotations refer only to the stripes themselves. You can temper - and even subvert! - the conservative feel of banker stripes by using elements that are expressly relaxed, modern, feminine, and quirky. This season, the stripes are turning up  with liberal amounts of skin, ruffles, draping, and unexpected proportions.

Bucking the businesslike origins of a detail like this essentially states that you reject the business world and refuse to recognize its authority. So while pinstripes may be totally appropriate on a pair of wide-leg trousers, most of us should probably avoid avoid wearing a pinstriped corset to the office. ;) 

Any banker stripes in your future?