I started out with just the one. But, as with all addictions I guess, it has crept up on me, and now I'm tight in its grip. An intervention might be necessary.
That first one was the classic: navy with white stripes, not too long, not too short, not baggy, not tight, just right. Satisfied, but not quite replete, I bought the inverted classic: white with narrow little navy stripes. Close fitting, this one, nice, neat sleeves which never get in the way, works well under a dress.
Moving on I got more daring. I bought two at once in an end of season sale. One is grey, one, mustard. Love the colour, not so sure about the shape. Some days it works, other days I want to throw them both in the back of the wardrobe. But they know I'd never do that. Not really. One you are in my collection, you are in.
So that would be four. I went to Copenhagen - all those amazing interiors shops and boutiques and what did I buy? White, grey stripes, washes (as my mother would say) like a ribbon. One of the best.
A year later, last summer, and I was still doing it. Couldn't seem to shake the urge. I went bigger, bolder with a tunic dress instead of a t shirt. Navy - again - but, you know, different. Maybe not to the untrained eye, but we stripologists (no, that can't be right. Must be stripeologists, cos once I've got mine on, I'm not taking it off), we know what matters. I was wearing my tunic the day I ended up at the outlet village. Oooh, yes. Scored twice there. Three, if you count the fact that when I tried them on at home they were longer trhan I'd been expecting. More stripe for my sterling. Result.
I folded them carefully and stacked them in my wardrobe; and that's when I realised I had a problem. No more room on the shelf. So I tried hard all autumn. I took desperate measures. I went cold turkey - closely supervised, (almost) completely safe - I bought no clothes at all.
Until last week. The sales, the sales. I was weak. It was wrong. But it fits just right. Deep blue, peacock coloured stripes. It's a perfect colour for January. Transitional, Before spring arrives and I have to start thinking bright and light. Mmm..pink? Maybe?
ps I recorded my webinar yesterday and very much enjoyed talking to Debbie Hodge and looking at layouts. Thanks for the good luck wishes. Much appreciated!