Men's Striped Tops Trends

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by Juan E. Romero

Men's Striped Tops Are a Key Item

Stripes have always been a key trend and brands such as Rag & Bone, Armani Exchange, Polo Ralph Lauren and Iceberg consistently deliver stylish and wearable options for men. Much like plaids and checks, stripes provide a break from the bland monotone landscape that is often associated with menswear. It's a way for men to spruce up their style with smart striped combinations and inject some color and personality into their wardrobes.

Men's striped tops include sweaters, polos, henleys and even tanks and tee shirts. This key category has been an important staple in every man's wardrobe for decades and now more than ever, men have a host of striped options to choose from. In Fall, stripe combinations typically become darker and more subdued than their Spring counterparts. This is especially true for menswear where neutral combinations are most important. 

POLO RALPH LAUREN Long-Sleeved Striped Waffle-Knit Henley

POLO RALPH LAUREN Long-Sleeved Striped Waffle-Knit Henley

My favorite stripe combinations are neutrals infused with a shot of color. These include tonal grey, blue and brown stripes that have a bright color such as red, yellow or orange mixed in. There are even some newer printed stripe styles that mix stripes with other pattern motifs such as florals or geometrics. 

Salsa Knitted sweater with narrow stripes

Salsa Knitted Sweater With Narrow Stripes

Some of the latest options combine stripes with color or fabric-blocked styling to break up the all-over stripe look. Other printed stripes take the lead from activewear and are strategically cut-off or engineered to fall in new and interesting locations on the body.

Check out my Pinterest board, Striped Men's Tops to see more directional stripe styles and how they are being merchandised and worn by men everywhere around the world. Are striped tops part of your look this season?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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