Stripes! I am not afraid to put myself in horizontal stripes! Yes I know there is a fashion rule some where out there that says horizontal stripes make you look 10 pounds heavier, but I don’t care! For the longest I would stay away from stripes, based on that lame “fashion rule”. Then I decided if want to wear stripes, then that is exactly what I am going to do.
Here are a few best practices I following when wearing stripes.
Pair with simple accessories: If I am wearing all stripes I will tend to keep my jewelry to a minimum. I don’t want a lot of heroes in one outfit. I love throwing on tons of jewelry, so this is a challenge. Stripes for me can be very busy, so I don’t want my entire outfit to be overbearing
Pick stripes you are comfortable with: Typically, I will put myself in stripes with many different colors or thinly separated stripes. For me, this are the best on my frame.The rugby stripes or Beetlejuice thick stripes never looked flattering on me. Find a stripe pattern that looks great for you. Also if you don’t feel comfortable having your whole outfit be stripes pick one piece.
The fit is key: I say this frequently but, size appropriately. I used to always size down (maybe because I was in denial that I wasn’t my once before weight lol). The problem with that is trying to squeeze into something, always does your outfit a disservice. The outfit stretches way more than it should! This is very important with stripes. Size appropriately wearing stripes so you don’t have the appearance of the stripes now being waves. Also if you are wearing a striped dress put on shapewear, it helps keeps those stripes completely horizontal.
Stripes are versatile: There are so many ways to wear stripes, as you clearly know. This look I opted to wear a knit 2-piece set. The options are endless. I also love wearing a striped skirt with a vibrant color top or vice versa. Stripes can be a great foundation for wearing other bold pieces. Most frequent I wear striped casual shirts that I can throw on with any color pants. Think of stripes as a base, and how you build from there is your personal preference.
Be brave: If stripes is something you want to wear, then do just that. If you follow the above tips, you are sure to find an outfit with stripes that is perfect for you. Wearing stripes is only a big deal if you make it a big deal.