Article written on 6th July, 2017
Featured in Fabric, Interior Styling

Boaters and Blazers.

The British Summer. With rainy barbecues, there is only one other event that cannot go unmentioned.

Henley Regatta.

It is not so much that I am into boats and rowing, but rather the whole town is filled with stripes. Heaven. Stripes on straw boaters, stripes on blazers, stripes on badges, tags, car passes, you name it. Actually I believe these stripes have a purpose. The rower and the club he represents are easily identifiable, at a distance across the water. As far as I know, every rowing club has their own specific stripe combo. Imagine that meeting. Heavy discussions on which particular stripe to chose for the trim on the boiled wool blazer or boater. Heaven!

Now, I do love a good stripe so, inspired by the tradition of drinking Pimms in the rain and cheering on hearty lads and lasses, I grabbed a few of my own favourite stripes. Tempted as I was to just mix all the stripes up together, as I am quite fan of apparent haphazard styling, I wasn’t brave enough. But it was vital to create some sort of visual unity.

So the images below show my choice of stripes untied through colour, as opposed to cohesion through pattern, stripe thickness, scale and what not.








What Are You Looking At? 

All the cuttings above come from a mix of the brands below:

Designers Guild

Ralph Lauren

The Cloth Shop

C&C Milano

Ian Mankin

Kate Foreman



3 responses to “Boaters and Blazers.”

  1. Claire Mander says:

    We all love a good stripe! Where’s the bottom yellow stripe on the first yellow image from? Beautiful.


    Loved reading Boaters and Blazers. I’m a big fan of stripes myself. Where would you recommend me to get nice vintage looking stripey cushions or table cloths?
    Thank you I.S.

    • Miranda Vedral says:

      Hi Maider,
      Thanks for your comment….hhmmm vintage striped cushions….I recently came across Pillo London, who sell ready-made beautiful vintage-looking cushions. Or my other favourite, The Cloth Shop on Portobello Road you could try for fabric and get the cushions made up. Or there is always the antique fair/flea market option which always throws beautiful vintage cushions my way.
      Good Luck

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