It’s official: J Crew have decided stripes are SO good they have created a #NationalStripesDay. And, of course, I’m all over it.
For me, pretty much every day is stripe day, but on 31st March, J Crew are declaring it a made-up holiday. It’s a bit of fun I can get on board with and the J Crew stores will have DIY stripes stations on the 31st, where you can customise your striped items with patches and other striped delights.
To celebrate, I teamed up with J Crew to shoot a few of my favourite stripey looks from their SS17 collections. This collection is actually the first J Crew presentation I saw in New York, so it has a special sentiment. And the collection was everything and more for me – pink ruffles, bright blue sequin stripes and paint splattered jeans. I loved it.
In vein of all things striped, we wanted to shoot these in London, on one of the Pedestrian crossings. And which crossing is more famous than Abbey Road..?!
As a newly North Londoner I revelled in the chance to shoot near me for once, but knew we’d have to get there early if we were to miss the tourist route. All was going well until we arrived and there were roadworks with temporary traffic lights at the spot we needed to shoot…
So we walked up the road and found a quieter crossing with which to take our photos, right by the Abbey Road Street sign (to the sound of cabbies shouting “You’ve got the wrong crossing!”). Actually, it was better – no queues, less traffic and one woman came up to us to congratulate us for, in fact, getting the correct crossing. Which was the truth? I can’t actually tell but for photographic purposes, these photos were taken at a crossing on Abbey Road. We crossed off a shoot and a tourist attraction in one!
The next stop was Primrose Hill, another North London gem which I had never been to before (it’s funny how you stick to your areas, as a South London girl, North London always seemed so distant). It was perfect – a less touristy Notting Hill with its candy striped buildings. We stopped for French toast and coffee in a gorgeous little breakfast bar before heading out into the sunshine for our next round of photographs.
The stripe tee has been something I’ve worn from J Crew for years – they last and last. And can be worn with everything from jeans and a blazer to a full tulle maxi skirt – it just works.
And of course stripes and leopard are a favourite of mine, and in my working wardrobe pretty much every day.
Our final stop was Camden, an easy walk from Primrose Hill with coffees in hand. Amidst all the market stalls and hoards of tourists, we found a little street with pastel coloured buildings with just the right pop of pink for our photos.
Now I probably shouldn’t have left my favourite outfit until last. And the reason it’s my favourite is that I probably would never post this outfit on my blog as it’s not really real life. I’d wear this to a party or a special occasion, but that’s also why I felt rather fabulous walking around Camden – pretty much the the birthplace of gothic, head to toe black dressing (a symbol of my youth).
This post was in collaboration with J Crew, celebrating National Stripes Day, which is my new favourite holiday (obviously).