Verticals – warp

Stripy things again. This time crossing over to the vertical side.

The pervasive business shirt for men and women.

John Molloy wrote the book Dress for Success in the 70s. Here is an excerpt. ‘The second acceptable pattern in shirting is the simple stripe. The stripes may range from the very thin pinstripe to as wide as one-sixteenth of an inch. Generally, the closer the stripes are to each other, the more acceptable the shirt. The stripe can be of any color that coordinates or contrasts with the suit, as long as it is on a white background. The stripes should always be a single color, on a single color background. Basically, the multi-colored stripe projects a lower-middle class association in most people.’

| verticals in the wardrobe left to right, APC, Country Road, Barba Napoli, Alexander McQueen, Paul & Joe |

Talking about multi-colours, would Mr Molloy approve of the colourful intervals of painter Gene Davis?

| Gene Davis, Black Grey Beat, 1964, acrylic, Smithsonian American Art Museum |

Julia Ritson

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