If you haven’t noticed, prints are kind of my thing. I love mixing them, pairing them, wearing them as accents and as head to toe looks so whenever a pattern is a slated “trend” you can bet your juicy fruit stripes I’ll be on-board.
Stripes are one of the most timeless prints of all. No matter the season or the decade stripes were most likely a key player yet for some reason the word “stripes” somehow instantly strikes fear into the hearts of every gal. We were taught from an early age that stripes make you look bigger- and no one wants that so most people avoid them all together.
I’m here to tell you to throw out those outdated fashion rules. It’s ok to wear stripes- they just have to be the RIGHT type of stripes. I know it’s scary but I’m here to help.
Horizontal stripes have a bad reputation—they’re basically synonymous with the dreaded fashion “don’t.” Your mother may have told you stripes are unflattering—that they will emphasize wide hips or make a petite woman seem more squatty. Sheesh! Because of that unfair “unflattering” mom- myth, too many women miss out on the chic joy of wearing stripes. Enough is enough—I’m here to prove the naysayers wrong. No matter what kind of curves you have, there’s a stripe out there that suits you.
The key with stripes (as with any other trend) is to choose a silhouette that flatters your frame and brings focus to your physical pluses rather than drawing attention to the parts of your body that you would rather camouflage. So you don’t have the most “runway” type frame, well neither do I but you can still wear stripes! I rock my stripes in a silhouette with a fitted waist and full skirt, a tried and true silhouette for me.
If you wear stripes vertically they can be slimming and even appear to add a few inches to your height. Horizontal stripes strategically placed at your bust and hips can create an optical illusion of a smaller waist. Wider stripes tend to add a bit of width so they are perfect for creating the illusion of a larger bust or to create the illusion of curves on boyish figures.
Stripes of varying sizes can help create curves where you may not have them while still flattering your natural figure and smaller stripes can create a narrowing illusion.
Try mixing and matching your stripes (yes, you can wear stripes of different sizes and colors in the same outfit!), go head to toe or just use them as an accent. The fun of fashion is experimenting!
Still hearing your mother’s warnings echoing in your ears? Stripes still too scary? Try adding stripes in baby steps. Start by adding them with accessories like shoes and handbags! With a little practice you’ll be painting the town striped in no time!
What I’m Wearing: Vintage Dress from StilettosandSinCity | Chloe Sandals | Scotch and Soda Neck Scarf | Chloe Sunglasses | Vintage Straw Bag | Vintage Belt |
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