It’s funny seeing the new trends come around for each season. Sometimes they are familiar, reminiscent or nostalgic. Others may be a surprise or only appeal to a select few. The famous Breton Stripe always comes back year after year – it is not so much a trend now as a sartorial institution. It will forever reign high when it comes to fashion and timeless seasonal style.

This year, we’ve seen a slightly new take on the stripe trend with an array of button-down skirts and dresses. Some are adorned with wide stripes, others with those resembling the French-inspired ticking stripe. Some are plain with a light pastel hue while others have been graced with pretty embroidery or a hint of broderie anglaise. What they all have in common though is a line of pretty buttons – from simple wooden ones to tortoise-shell and brass to coloured. Across the high-street we have been spoilt for choice with a thoroughly beautiful and affordable selection.

Looking through social media, these button-down beauties have created quite a storm. It’s true though that this simple style – which is neither ground-breaking nor seasonally restrictive per se – evokes a wonderful sense of summer. Of ambling around pretty coastal towns or exploring the cobbled streets of European cities during the hot summer months.

It’s a wonderfully versatile trend that suits all ages and all body types, and one that although is currently proving extremely popular for the summer months ahead, isn’t particularly limited when we consider the sell-by dates of other less-than timeless trends. You could easily re-wear a button-down midi dress with pastel-stripes next summer because not only does it incorporate a number of recognisable trends in one, but its design is effortlessly enduring too. That’s the beauty of simple style though isn’t it – it’ll always come back around.


button-downEmbroidered Button-Through Midi Dress | Urban Outfitters | £69

Linen-Blend Dress | Mango | £49.99

Jacinta Midi Dress | Free People | £88

button-downCoral Stripe Midi Dress | New Look | £22.99

button-downShirt Dress | Olive | £89

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