Home » 16 types of STRIPES in dress materials

16 types of STRIPES in dress materials

Stripes are bands/lines seen along the length or breadth or diagonally along the fabric, woven into it or as prints.The stripes bring a beautiful dimension to the design of a garment by the way they are placed.

There are many types of stripes, and they are classified according to their size, as well as their design elements like color and space between them and their arrangement on the fabric


1 Hairline stripes

These are very very thin stripes, which are usually placed quite close to each other but could be arranged with more space between too; The name refers to the width of the hair, so you can imagine the width of the stripes.

hairline stripes

2 Dress stripes

These are also thin stripes; They are also called Pencil Stripes because the stripes are as wide as drawn by a pencil.

types of stripes

3 Pinstripes

These are Thin stripes spaced wide apart; the space between stripes are always much wider than the stripes

types of stripes

4 Candy stripes

Stripes which are about 1/8 inches from each other

candy stripes

5 Bengal stripes

These stripes are arranged in alternating light and dark colors. The stripes are of the same width and they are 1/4 inches spaced. They are smaller than awning stripes but wider than candy stripes. ( alternatively called by names Regency stripes ; tiger stripes)

different types of stripes

6 Awning stripes

Very wide vertical stripes of solid color on a lighter background. It is called so because of its likeness to the fabric used for awnings. It is also called Cabana stripes

awning stripes

7 Multicolor stripes

As the name suggests these stripes have multicolor lines

many kinds of stripes

8 Barcode stripes

This is a pattern which resembles the barcode.It could be of single colour or multicolour.

types of stripes in fabric

9 Bayadere stripes

This stripe pattern has very colorful horizontal stripes of varying width. This is a playful type of stripes with vivid and bold multicolors. The name is derived from the dancers of India

many types of stripes in clothes

10 Chevron stripes

These are stripes laid out in a zigzag layout ( also called herringbone). These stripes can have either a broadening effect on the figure or a narrowing effect depending on the way it is positioned. If it is vertically placed these stripes can make you look taller. The v shape of these stripes can have the effect of narrowing

11 Regimental Stripes

These diagonally placed stripes that have colors associated with the regiment’s uniforms, flags and heraldry. It is mostly seen in neckwear.Classic red, blue, yellow are usually seen in these stripes.


12 Roman Stripes

These are bright, multicolored contrasting vertical stripes. These are playful stripes and has to be used with caution especially in a formal setting

13 Serpentine Stripes

These are stripes arranged in wavy lines resembling the serpent’s movements. These stripes bring a softness to the design because of its curvy nature. The figure can look wider because of these stripes


14 Shadow stripes

These stripes have lines adjacent to them looking almost like shadows

shadow stripes

15 Breton stripes

These are horizontally placed Bengal stripes ie alternating light and dark colored stripes. These stripes can have a broadening effect on the body.

different kinds of stripes on clothes

You can read more about Breton stripes here

16 Chalk Stripes

This is very similar pin stripes, the difference being that it is a fainter line with some discontinuity at regular intervals, like it was made with a chalk. This is commonly found in suiting materials and can look like a very thin fuzzy rope in wool fabric.


Related posts:

80+ Different types of Fabric patterns

AUTHOR : Hi, I am Sarina. I am passionate about clothes, sewing, fabrics, fashion and surface design techniques in no particular order and absolutely love writing about all of these including what I learn, what I experience, and what I have bought to do all these. You are more than welcome to stay here and learn with me.

3 thoughts on “16 types of STRIPES in dress materials”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *