Catwalk to High Street: Rainbow stripes

Catwalk to high street affordable fashion SS18 rainbow stripes trend

The big fashion designers all seem to be having a colourful moment for high summer 2018, with bright stripes and rainbows coming down the catwalks almost everywhere, including Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Jeremy Scott and more. I’ve been looking at them wistfully and deciding that, yeah, I don’t want to spend £899 on that dress even if it is insanely beautiful…

Fortunately there are plenty of affordable options filtering down to the high street and online shops, so I’ve gathered a few of my favourite picks together for you that illustrate this fun and playful summery trend. You can go all out with tops and dresses, or mix in a bag or shoes to brighten up a plainer outfit. The choice is yours.


Rainbow stripe tops and dresses

Catwalk to high street trends rainbow strip dress top t shirt

Top row, left to right:

  • ASOS off shoulder sundress, £18. Also available in Tall and Curve fittings.
  • PrettyLittleThing rainbow stripe twist front top, £18. Team with one of SS2018’s pencil skirts.
  • Topshop bright crochet t-shirt, £16. I love the retro styling on this and it would look great with some vintage look denim.

Bottom row, left to right:

  • And Other Stories bateau neck top in off white & rainbow stripe, £25 in the sale. Just. Love. It.
  • Boden long sleeve breton in rainbow multi stripe, £28. One of their classic bestselling designs with a little extra pep from the colours.
  • Monsoon cream Kandi soft stripe midi dress, £79. A more subtle way to wear your stripes that could be worn casually to the beach or dressed up for a summer wedding outfit. Also available from Next.

Bright striped shoes and bags

Catwalk to high street trends rainbow stripes SS18

Top row:

  • Quiz multicoloured stripe print court shoes, £29.99. Candy colours for girly girls.
  • Dune Brasillia striped flat shoes, £48 in the sale. Love the perspex heels on these. Also at House of Fraser and Debenhams.

Middle row:

  • Accessorize sequin stripe clutch bag, £20 in sale. If you listen very, very carefully you can hear this bag whispering that it’s time to go out and drink cocktails. Hurry, almost sold out! Alternative version here.
  • Faith Dance multicoloured satin high block heel ankle strap sandals, £33.60 in sale, selling fast. So 70s disco, yet so right now. Also at Next.

Bottom row:


Are you in the mood for some bright stripes and rainbows this summer? Which one’s your favourite? 


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  1. Oh I really love the pretty things twist top. If only I was 20 years younger and a stone or so lighter! I’ll stick to the stripey shoes though – a great way to add a colour pop!

  2. That ASOS dress looks gorgeous and it has a great price too. I love the high heel shoes as well.

  3. I do love the bright pops of colour and how they bring about a real summer feel

  4. Love how cheerful and happy all of these products are! I have to admit I’ve found the “in” fashion the last couple of summers terribly dreary – I’ll definitely be going to Cornwall looking like a unicorn threw up on me.

  5. I just love the bright colourful stripes. Very summery and trendy right now

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