Stripes 101: How to Wear Stripes

Girrrrrrrl, if you know me you know I live for stripes. I was recently chatting with my sister and she was telling me about her fear of wearing stripes. So I am here to give you ladies the tips and tricks to rock those stripes in the most flattering way and with confidence.

The Scoop on Stripes

  • Stripes are considered a neutral. They mix well with basically every other print. And stripes NEVER go out of style!
  • There are several kinds of stripes; vertical, horizontal, diagonal, micro, colorblock, pinstripes, candy, bengal, bayadere and brenton to name a few.
  • Start off slow with striped accessories.
  • The thinner the stripe, the more flattering it will be.
  • Keep in mind your body shape when experimenting with stripes.
  • If you want to create the illusion of curves, sport wider stripes in the areas you are looking to highlight.
  • When it comes to pants keep the stripes vertical. Vertical stripes will make you appear longer and leaner, where horizontal will do the opposite.
  • If you want to sport some horizontal stripes without looking wider, add a jacket or cardigan to break it up.
  • Diagonal stripes are excellent at concealing the bad and accenting the good of your shape.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix stripes. As I said before, stripes are considered a neutral and are super easy to mix with any print. Try mixing a horizontal striped top with a vertical striped bottom.

Stripe Style Tips for Your Shape

PEAR– Horizontal stripes on top will draw the eye up and focus the attention to your upper body. You can rock vertical stripes on the bottom, as they create the illusion of a longer and leaner bottom half. But avoid horizontal stripes on your lower half.

ATHLETIC/RECTANGLE- Use stripes to your advantage to create curves. Wider stripes will help create more curve, so don’t be scared to rock a wide horizontal striped top or wide band pencil skirt to accent those lady lumps.

APPLE- Draw attention to your lower body by pairing a basic top with a striped skirt or pant.

HOURGLASS- Choose stripes that are flattering for your midsection. Think carefully about what you would like to accent or minimize and dress accordingly.

I know wearing stripes can seem intimidating but now you have the down low to rock them in style.

Even Astyn loves her striped dresses and did an awesome job pairing them with her floral headband. She is so stylish, I can’t even!