Making the most of stripes

When it comes to fashion, stripes really can be a girl’s best friend. Not only do they generally look funky and cool, but they can also be deployed as a secret weapon to flatter your figure. However, on the flip side of the coin, they could also make you look rather less than your best if you don’t wear them in the right way. You need to know just how to use stripes for best results – and the results can be seriously stylish. What you need to remember is that horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider, so you might want to avoid using them around your waist. Vertical stripes have the effect of making your body look longer and slimmer, so they’re generally reliably flattering. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should remember.

Obviously, a wide range of clothes come in stripy patterns, and each will need to be considered in its own unique right. Striped jackets can work well, but you should be wary of overdoing it. If you do decide to wear a stripy jacket, make sure you wear it in a pretty understated way as this generally looks classier. You might be tempted to really go to town on the colours, but something a little subtler could work really well. Partner your striped jacket with a neutral-colored top – or maybe you could go with a blue shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes. Either way you should look cool and classy.
Striped pants are a particularly risky area, so you need to tread carefully if you’re going to wear them. Get the balance wrong, and you could end up looking, well, rather larger than you might have anticipated. Pair your striped pants with a dark, solid top – maybe brown or black – as this should help avoid the potential pitfall of making your backside look wider than it needs to. It’s worth remembering that if you’re generally generously-proportioned in that department, it might be wise to simply avoid horizontal stripes altogether.
Adding a pair of striped shoes to your outfit could work really well. Stripy shoes are generally quirky and fun, and could add a playful touch to a solid-coloured outfit. If you’re thinking of wearing them with jeans, perhaps you could partner them with a cool blue shirt. If you are going to wear striped shoes, then it’s a good idea to draw attention to them. Patterned or otherwise gaudy clothing can distract attention from your shoes, so it might be best avoided.
There are also a number of stripy accessories you can deploy to add a touch of fun to your outfit. It’s best to avoid wearing more than one striped item at a time, otherwise the impact might be lost a bit. It’s a good idea to ensure your striped items are partnered with a solid-coloured outfit, so don’t overdo things. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun to experiment – you shouldn’t be afraid to play around until you find the right combination.
Author bio
This post was contributed by Olivia Golding. She’s as aspiring writer with an especially keen interest in all things fashion. She likes to connect with bloggers to see what they’re doing with the current trends, and hopefully to get some style inspiration. She hopes to one day have her own blog, but not until she’s made a better name for herself! She absolutely cannot wait for summer. She thinks you can experiment a lot more when the weather’s being kind. Crop tops, hot pants, tank tops and especially women’s swimwear at Missguided. To be able to flaunt my summer clothing at a festival! She’s going to stop babbling now, but sincerely hopes you enjoyed her post!

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