I am back! After four days without power due to a blizzard and a boatload of work I am finally back to discuss stripes.
Stripes are one of those trends that a lot of people think they can’t pull off because horizontal stripes are not figure flattering. While a boxy top with horizontal stripes will obviously make you look wider that’s not the only option– there are tons of great cuts that can be extremely flattering.
The trend right now is bold, black and white stripes. You can wear them horizontal, vertical, diagonal, or a combination of all of them. Diagonal stripes are actually really flattering so you can do a lot with them. A diagonal striped a-line skirt is super cute paired with a fitted top. I love mixing the stripe trend with neon by adding a neon skinny belt, cross body bag, or shoes.
If you don’t think stripes are flattering I am about to change your mind.
I will start things off with probably the most flattering dress I have ever owned. This striped ponte knit fit and flare dress from Express is a great piece for just about every body type. Though it does feature horizontal stripes it’s the cut of the dress that makes it flattering. The dress is fitted at the bust and flares out nicely. The dress is cut so the stripes are at different directions based on location. The diagonal stripes at the sides actually make you look slimmer and longer. Pair this with a neon belt or bag. I also love wearing this with a colorful cropped jacket.
Next up is this great vertical stripe blouse from ASOS. I love this piece because it has that classic wear to work construction with a fun vertical stripe. This looks great paired with a colorful bottom like the skirt in the picture or colorful skinnies. The great part of the black and white stripe is that any color can compliment it.
I was going to continue this post with a striped blazer but I stumbled upon this striped moto jacket from the Gap and fell in love. This is a great piece because it is a little unusual. Moto jackets tend to come in solid colors or faux leather. The stripes work really well with the cut for a stylish look. I would pair this with black skinnies and a bright top!
Another great use of stripes with a classic shape is this striped trench from Banana Republic. I love the small touches like the button tab cuffs and vertical striped belt tie. I love the use of the trend in such a well known piece, very trendy and classic.
If you want to try the trend on the bottom you can find a variety of cuts including a pencil cut like this piece from Banana Republic. A striped skirt is a great way to wear the trend. This one is a little more subtle with smaller stripes but don’t be afraid to go for a bolder look. Another great skirt to consider is a flowy a-line. Both look great paired with a colorful top like a purple pastel.
Another look that BEGS to be accessorized is this knit dress from The Limited. this simple shape would look great with a short chunky necklace in a bright color. You can add a bright belt if you like but keep it skinny. Keep the legs bare with this look, the long sleeves need the balance of bare legs.
Another great piece that should be easy to find is a striped sweater or cardigan. This one from Forever 21 is a great example. I love the white cuffs and button details. I also love how the stripes are fairly wide making them the statement of the look.
Stripes are a great look to work right now! One striped piece paired with solids is your best bet. Try to only work one striped piece at a time, if you have a dress wear a solid jacket; if you have a blouse find a solid bottom. If you are afraid of neon a great color to pair with these looks is a vibrant pastel like purple, turquoise, or mint…cool pastels.
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