Get on the fashion fast track… As Megan and Peggy sport racing stripes in Mad Men, how the look is a major new season trend

Get on the fashion fast track… As Megan and Peggy sport racing stripes in Mad Men, how the look is a major new season trend



13:33 GMT, 28 March 2012

Originally splashed across high-speed motor vehicles in the
Fifties, racing stripes quickly zipped their way to the forefront of Sixties fashion.

Now, as Mad Men’s Sunday night series return featured two references
to the trend, it seems the stripes are having a moment all over again.

Spotted on Megan Draper’s blue pencil skirt and Peggy Olson’s black dress, Mad Men’s costume team are not
the only people embracing the once-popular fashion trend.

Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss)

Megan Draper

Retro revival: Racing stripes, as seen on Mad Men's Peggy Olson and Megan Draper, are becoming popular all over again. They were originally made famous on the likes of models like Twiggy during the mid-Sixties

Racing stripes have also popped up in new designs from several major labels, including Topshop, Rag & Bone and Ralph Lauren.

Originally seen on fashionable young things such Twiggy in the mid-Sixties, the trend is assimilated
with Mod fashion which had been growing in popularity at the time.

The stripes were originally seen on everything from high-cut miniskirts to wide-legged pants and it is turning into
much the same story today.

Racing stripes fashion

Racing stripes fashion

Fashion fast track: Smythe blazer, $595, (left); Rag & Bone trousers, $325, (right)

Racing stripes fashion

Racing stripes fashion

Racing stripes fashion

Top of the list: Stolen Girlfriends Club sweater, $222.75 (left) and Equipment silk shirt, $394.35 (centre), both at; Raoul sweater, $175, (right)

Those keen to channel Megan's office attire should head to Topshop, which sells a cream pencil skirt with a bold black stripe at the sides, while Rag & Bone has placed racing stripes on everything from jeans and silky trousers to its figure-hugging 'Scuba' skirt.

Smythe, a Canadian-based label worn by Kate Middleton in the past, has designed a particularly contemporary take on the trend. Its tuxedo stripe blazer has two cobalt blue racing stripes that run down the arm's length.

Racing stripes were also seen in Swedish label Acne’s spring 2012
show: The edgy fashion label put racing stripes on the arms of cropped jackets as well as innovative panels in the legs of trousers.

Rag & Bone jeans

Racing stripes fashion

Racing stripes fashion

The line-up: Rag & Bone jeans, $200, (left); Stripe skirt, $90, Topshop (centre); Sportmax orange jersey dress, $511.50, (right)

Racing stripes fashion

Maxmara tote

Accessorize all areas: Canvas belt, $24, Topshop (left) and Maxmara tote bag, $565, Bloomingdales (right)

Lauren by Ralph Lauren has also got a striped stretch cotton polo shirt and
Edun, the clothing label owned by U2's Bono and his wife Ali Hewson,
has a poppy-coloured knit with horizontal white bands running across it.

For those who just want a subtle nod
to the trend, however, accessories are the way forward. Belts and bags
offer a way to get the look without committing an entire outfit.

With the right pieces, you'll be well on your way to the fashion fast track.