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Yikes! Stripes! 

Whether you’re a gum-poppin’ aficionado or simply recall the catchy tune from the 90s, you’re sure to remember the juicy flavor and eye-catching stripes of Fruit Stripe Gum. It’s the first thing that sprang into our minds when we saw in-house designer Lidia Karbinech’s Fruit Stripe Pullover (below).

Available for 20% off for the entire month of April, the Fruit Stripe Pullover is knit with String’s exclusive, 100% Italian cashmere tweed Norway Sport

Lidia’s color choices for the Fruit Stripe Pullover of course incorporated the perennially hot “grellow” (that’s grey + yellow, if you haven’t been following the color trends), but her inspiration was more precisely drawn from the paradoxical beauty of New York City’s dull grey street medians, which blossom with sumptuously colored flowers in the Spring. Great eye, Lidia! String loves to find inspiration in even the most mundane places! 

A single strand of Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ paillette-studded Flora is added to the poppy color on the back and in the sleeves, and to the yellow in the front to add a little extra eye-catching sparkle. The sleeves are knit in stockinette, while the front and back are knit in reverse stockinette, reminiscent of traditional woven ticking stripes, but in much cheerier colors!

Lidia’s Fruit Stripe Pullover is right on trend for the Spring 2016 season, which saw designers sending numerous interpretations on candy colored stripes down the runway and editorialized in magazines.


Stripes on the Runway (L-R): Gucci, Chanel, Chloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci

The focus is on the tropical and the floral—blooming, paradise colors—offset by whites and greys. Your standard, staid, Breton-style black/navy & white striped top will never go out of style—thank you, Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn—but 2016 calls for something a little brighter, a touch bolder, and a heck of a lot more fun.

Editorial Stripes Clockwise from Top Left: Milly, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, J. Crew. Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Zuhair Murad, Missoni

It’s easy to make the Fruit Stripe Pullover all your own with the different color options of Norway Sport. We quickly grabbed some colors and created the 12 options you see below, but feel free to have fun with it! We love the idea of using the brown colorway with the bright poppy or purple and a neutral natural (the bottom row) for those looking for a slightly subdued striping scheme.

The Fruit Stripe Pullover is available for 20% off for all of April, so take this opportunity to embrace the Spring stripe trend!

Which colors of the Norway Sport will you choose? How are you rocking the stripe trend this season? Let us know in the comments below!

April 04, 2016

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