Trend spotters go gaga during awards season as it gives some of the strongest indicators of what we will see on the runway and in stores in the coming months.

The Golden Globes gave us star print, which is already in every store I visit, while last month’s Screen Actors Guild awards showcased stripes in an array of colours and widths.

While the SAGs aren’t really part of the holy trinity of red carpets (Golden Globes, Emmys, Oscars), their influence on fashion this year cannot be ignored.

Actors Yara Shahidi, Michelle Williams, Michelle Dockery and Mayim Bialik all dazzled in stripes of various flavours.

While the brightness of this year’s palette is new, stripes don’t really ever go away.

But forget everything you’ve read about avoiding horizontal stripes; they can be just as flattering as vertical stripes, depending on the width and colours you choose.

If you normally shirk patterns, take a leaf from British Vogue’s Sarah Harris and dip your brush into Breton stripes, the monochrome nautical style that’s universally flattering.

Bronx and Banco’s Natalie De’Banco says a stripe always feels fresh and modern, and can perform several flattering tricks on every body type.

“Vertical stripes are amazing as they elongate the body … while horizontal lines create some curves … I personally love a classic Breton stripe in navy and white, especially on holidays for a fresh nautical look,” she says.

Sticking with monochrome for a moment, Sussan’s Anna Lapira says one of the influences this season, as with last, is the humble men’s shirt.

“We add a feminine twist to styling … Soft bell sleeves, off-the-shoulder silhouettes, splicing and fine pinstripes are a classic yet modern way to wear the trend,” she says.

Designer Alice McCall has a striped story in her new collection that was inspired by Italy’s Amalfi Coast for a “combination of nautical and sport luxe”.

Be bold this season and experiment with clashing stripes or prints, such as a striped top under a check shirt.

Everyone can wear stripes, the key is finding the ones that make you feel the most confident. And if you really want to make an entrance, try mixing different stripes on your top and bottom halves, or even layering a hairline-striped T-shirt under a schoolboy striped blazer.

If you don’t know your pinstripes from your awnings, here’s a quick guide.

Breton: The classic stripe, in monochrome, should be a staple in every wardrobe. Whether it’s a T-shirt, tank, jumper, dress or skirt, a piece in this classic 19th-century nautical design gives instant chic to any outfit. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is a big fan.

Pinstripe: Another classic and the easiest to wear, try mixing it up with a front tie shirt or asymmetric style. Look to designers such as Dion Lee and Scanlan Theodore for some examples that transcend boardroom boredom.

Licorice allsort​: Miranda Kerr owned the red carpet at the Harper’s Bazaar 150 Most Fashionable People event in January in a multi-coloured Carolina Herrera gown that would make Rainbow Brite proud, while Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik bloomed in a floor-length gown that proved you can wear horizontal and diagonal stripes and be totally comfortable.

Awning (aka jailbird): The widest of the bunch and arguably the stripes that give people the most anxiety. Experiment, experiment, experiment and you will find a style you love.

Pencil (aka dress): These are the stripes that are about the width of a pencil, and are usually white with a fair amount of background colour between them. They look great in a mix-n-match horizontal and vertical – very French Riviera.

Schoolboy: Thinner than awning stripes but wider than candy stripes, the schoolboy blazer is a wardrobe staple perfected by the likes of JCrew. Try a swing coat style for a Euro-chic evening look.

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