We’ve all heard those old-fashioned style rules — don’t wear brown and black together; never wear white after Labor Day; and don’t even think about wearing horizontal stripes because they will make you look wide. Yet year after year we see these rules being broken on the runway and on the streets…So we think it’s about time to dispel this myth—starting with stripes.
If in the past you’ve found it tricky to determine the type of stripe that works best for you, don’t worry! Here are some pro tips for picking out stripes that will flatter your figure and make your style pop.
Layer Stripes With Solids:
If you’re worried about stripes creating an unflattering widening effect, throw on a striped cardigan or this Elevenses blazer from Anthropologie. Layering a solid tank or tee underneath creates a slimming effect in your midsection and projects a classic, put together look.
Accentuate Your Curves:
Stripes are also a great way to create the illusion of curves or hide problem areas if you feel self-conscious. For narrow hips, try an A-line printed skirt to mimic a curvier figure. To create a thinning illusion around your midsection, pick a dress with chevron or diagonal stripes. Find what looks best for your body type and work it!
When In Doubt, Go Vertical:
It’s no secret that vertical stripes are always flattering and slimming. Take a page out of menswear and sport a flirty, vertical striped button down with a pair of skinny jeans. Stay away from thick vertical stripes though to avoid looking like an umpire!
Top Row - From Left to Right
Ann Taylor Loft Striped Back Keyhole Sundress, $12.00 LikeTwice.com
HUGO BOSS Multicolored Blouse, $30.00 LikeTwice.com
MICHAEL STARS OSFM Solid White Twist Tank, $12.00 Liketwice.com
Bottom Row - From Left to Right
ELEVENSES BY ANTHROPOLOGIE Striped Laced Pocket Blazer, $39.00 Liketwice.com
RAG & BONE NWT Low-Rise Dark Blue Skinny Jeans, $67.00 LikeTwice.com
Fei by Anthropologie White Print Skirt with Cargo Pockets, $33.00 LikeTwice.com