Bank on Banker Stripes

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By Adzaan Muqtadir

Preppy and professional are the two adjectives that banker stripes immediately embody to your average fashion onlooker. While minimalist in nature, banker stripes provide an update to stripes in quite a few ways: the design of the vertical stripes is a trick directly pulled from the “fashion hacks” handbook. It visually elongates the figure, unlike their horizontal counterparts. The standard soft blue and white combo is airy and refreshing- yet remains crisp and serious enough for professionalism.

In my banker stripes look, I went the relatively safe route by pairing the pattern in a classic button-down, white bottoms, and neutral oxford flats. However, the room for venturing with banker stripes is wide open. Whether you wear them as an off-the-shoulder top for a trip to the beach or pair them with red and khaki for a Parisian excursion, they can be tailored to whatever occasion you find fitting.

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Be sure to check out our latest spring issue Essence where the banker stripes’ appearances are showcased in both casual and dressed up looks. The magazine demonstrates that even with the inherent preppy and professional vibe of the stripes, the degree of extremity with that differs in the unique way you choose to style them.