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Earn your stripes: Get on trend with this hot new look

Katie Wright lines up the hottest looks from this season's catwalks

There was a clear winner in the print stakes on the spring/summer catwalks. Stripes were seen everywhere, from Louis Vuitton (rendered in patent leather) and Chanel (long cardis and matching boots) to Paul Smith (natty blazers and drop waist dresses).

Set largely against a white background, these linear designs did have a whiff of the nautical about them, but simply whacking on an old Breton top won't cut it this season.

It's time to go bold with your printed pieces, layering up contrasting colours or pairing matching separates - from graphic coordinates to feminine frocks, there's a look to flatter every figure.

Forget what you think you know about this misunderstood motif and listen up, these are the new stripy styling rules.

Coordinates have been around for a few seasons now but if you still haven't given these matchy-matchy two-pieces a go, now's a fine time to try, because spring's runway-inspired editions are chicer than ever.

A candy striped skirt and tee makes a great pairing for work or play. Add brogues or pointed toe flats by day, then switch to ankle-strap heels and finish with a hefty necklace for evening.

For something casual but still decidedly fashion-forward, look to stripy shorts or culottes coordinates. Keep the rest of your look fuss-free: add a utility trend jacket and backpack for a minimalist silhouette.

A striped skirt is a must for spring, but we're not talking the same sedate pencil skirts we've seen for seasons - these statement separates are swishy, sexy and stylish.

Whether pleated, full or maxi, make your skirt the focus of your outfit. If dressing down for day, a short-sleeved blouse and leather or suede jacket are all you need to lend a cool, retro edge.

Dresses are given the stripe treatment too, from skater styles to this season's go-to fashion item, the shirt dress.

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