Style Tips for Wearing Stripes

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Stripes are one of those patterns that we all know and love, but needless to say, it can be a little tricky to wear because all stripes aren't created equal. Keep reading below to see my 5 tips for styling striped tops the right way!

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1. Thin stripes are your friend! Choose tops with thin stripes, as they're more subtle and easy on the eye. Bolder stripes can look widening at times and can take away from your best features. As I like to say... don't let the stripes wear you! Every piece of your outfit should work seamlessly together to create one effortless look.  

2. Use striped tops as a layering piece. I can not tell you enough that stripes are absolutely amazing for layering! They are perfection under a cardigan, blazer or jacket. They add more dimension to your look and really elevate the whole outfit all together.  You can take the most basic of striped tops and wear it under a blazer for a look that's polished and professional. In my opinion, layering is really a stripes best quality.  

3. Look for unique details! This striped lantern sleeve top from the Loft (shown above) is all too pretty, with it's romantic lantern sleeves. The ruffling mid-way at the sleeves makes it stand out from other tops that I own and I'm all about a top with character! Unique details break up the pattern in a strategic way, so the print doesn't look too flat and non-dimensional. Here are some blouse options worth checking out, all with beautiful tailoring: Zara Striped BlouseAnthropologie Striped TopMadewell's Peplum Striped Top, and H&M's Front Lace Top.  

4.  Opt for pops of striped detail. This is a great option if layering is too much for you.  On those "busy mom" days where I'm running around from one activity to the next, I'm not really looking for layering pieces. I want something comfortable and easy to wear, without compromising style. The Jespa Striped Tee from Anthropologie is the perfect example where stripes are used to highlight a top. It has striping in the front and solid denim in the back, which is fun and playful, where you don't have to commit to an all striped look. It's a no brainer in my book and I may just pick this one up very soon for myself!  
5. When in doubt, go vertical. Vertical stripes are very slimming and lengthening to your body, which is always a plus. It looks classic and timeless on a button down shirt - complimenting the most casual to the most dressed up of looks. 

I hope these tips were helpful, as I know stripes are anywhere and everywhere we turn.  Pattern brings life to our outfits and stripes are a classic print that will never go out of style. Find what works best for you and use it to compliment your outfit in the best of ways. Happy November y'all and I hope you have a fantastic week! xx

Warmly ~

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