Head-to-toe stripes have been part of fashion for years:
I scoured my favorite street style blogs from around the world and added up how many people each year sported head-to-toe stripes. I saw very few images from fall and winter, and the vast majority of the images fell between March and August. Since most of the looks were worn in spring and summer, I have concluded that this stripes trend is a seasonal staple, and has been since 2010. As shown by the graph, the trend grows even more popular every year.
For the 2013 cycle I think we are in the rise now. We will hit the peak in June. As the weather warms up we will almost certainly see more maxidresses being worn.