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Stripes Are A Fashion Classic

Updated on May 1, 2017

Striped Fashions Are Classic, And Never Seem To Go Out Of Style

For the past few seasons we have seen stripes on the runway, each season we see a bit of a twist in how the designers choose to use stripes in their fashion creations - this spring is no different. Designers used stripes in every size, color, and variation. Big and bold in patriotic red, white and blue, along with some hot shocking colors. You're going to see stripes showing up in dresses, skirts, blouses, cropped pants, oversized high waist trousers, and let's not forget knit casual tops. You will even see stripes used in handbags and shoes, you guest it bold colorful stripes in every style imaginable. The racks will offer up horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, you name it.


The New Stripes In Fashions

I know your probably thinking, every spring, we see striped fashions rehashed in someway or another. The sailor stripes and everything nautical is nothing new, but this spring you will not only see stripes used in the typical nautical look. Designer's are adding stripes to make bold statements other than ho - hum, "ship ahoy" . Expect to see big and bold and in lots of stripes in patriotic red, white and blue, but you will also see plenty of stripe's used in the most unexpected color's, and unexpected fashion items. A good example - take a classical black and white nautical striped fitted knit top, and mixed it up with a long below the hips fitted black three quarter length sleeve button cardigan, and ends with a black flare a-line skirt to complete the outfit. The results - a casual look, that defines simple classical chic at its very best.

Stripes Are Such A Huge Trend...

Stripes are popping everywhere, and represent one of the trendiest looks for this spring/summer season! You will soon realize there is no escaping them. What am I raving about - stripes? Forgive me for going on so. but every conceivable stripe ended up, in one way or another on the catwalks for Spring and summer. Just to name a few, horizontal, vertical, all mixed up stripes you name. All the top designer's made sure that stripes were well represented in the spring/summer line up. From dresses, shirts, skirts, and even slacks, not to mention shoes and handbags stripes made a splash on this seasons runway.

Ralph Lauren 2016 spring summer collection. Check out all the wonderful striped fashions....

What Stripe Suits Your Figure Type?

Learn to where striped fashions that will flatter your individual figure type.

Vertical stripes - The petite woman can elongate her figure with vertical stripes. If you're petite in height, but on the heavier side keep the stripe vertical. Choose a smaller stripe, don't go with the bold wider stripe. If petite and on the thin side, opt to wear a bolder stripe. A bolder stripe will make you appear a bit bigger.

Horizontal stripes - For the slim woman that would like to look a bit more curvy - wear a horizontal stripe, you can wear a bold stripe. Although some would say there's no such thing as to thin, there are women out there that feel they are too thin, and would like to appear a bit heavier.

Diagonal stripes - A save stripe for all! Diagonal stripes can be worn by most figure types, but are especially wonderful for the plus size women, as well as tall women with boyish figures. The thin figured woman that loves to look even thinner than thin, the diagonal stripe will make you look even thinner than you are. Diagonal stripes that are somewhat askew can add to a curvy look.

A good example: a diagonal striped skirt or top - the diagonal stripes coming in at the middle and pointing up to the waist will work to make your waistline look smaller. In a top the stripes should point toward your best assets. Be it your waist or pointed upward toward your bust and neckline. The key when wearing the diagonal stripe - think of the direction of the stripe as a road map to your best assets. Show off the best, and hide the rest.


The Horizontal Stripe Adds A Bit Of Curve


Do Striped Fashions Make One Look Heavier?

True or false, does the stripe make one look heavier? This statement has been around so long - it is becoming an old wives tale. Believe it or not, stripes can do just the opposite, stripes can be actually being used to correct some of the figure problems that plague most of us. Below are a few tips on how to choose the right stripe for your figure. So come aboard and enjoy some of the great striped fashions.

The Stripe And You

What do you think - True or false, does the stripe make one look heavier? This statement has been around so long - it is becoming an old wives tale. Believe it or not, stripes can do just the opposite. A well chosen striped fashion can be actually correct some of the figure problems that plague most women. So, keep an open mind, and next time you shop make sure to try on a few stripes fashions. Follow the tips on which stripe looks good on your body type. The stripe might just become your favorite pattern.

Mixing Strips With Other Print Patterns

Mixing stripes with other patterns can be tricky, although not impossible. There are a few things to keep in mind when putting together an outfit that will include strips and any other print pattern. First keep in mind colors should complement one another. For instance, black and white striped fashions will be one of the easier to deal with. Black and white go pretty much with any other color. However, let's say your striped fashion is red? Red goes well with navy, white, and black.

Time to consider which patterns look better together. Large patterns and small patterns as a rule can be combined without problem. Check out photo note the bold stripe in the skirt, and how great it looks with the small dot print of the jacket. Also not how the colors compliment each other.

Another great tip, when mixing and matching prints with stripes add a solid color. If you are putting together an outfit with a striped bottom and small pattern jacket or sweater, make sure to add a solid colored blouse or top. This will compliment both other clothing choices.

Can Striped Fashions Hide Figure Flaws...

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Smashing Example Of How To Add A Stripe - where you might not expect to find one ...

Smashing Example Of How To Add A Stripe - where you might not expect to find one...
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Timeless Nautical Striped Tops - Nautical Stripes are no longer just for the beach or a day on the boat.


The Nautical Stripe

My favorite stripes for spring. I love the very chic, and timeless nautical striped tops, and this season my favorite chic classic striped knit tops is being worn not only with casual attire, but they are also being all dressed up for business, and evening. The stripe carries no more connotations of only being a preppie look. This season striped fashion's are not only edgy, but sweet, as well as sporty casual - and they're a classically effortless, and inexpensive way to dress up any wardrobe.

Want To Play It Safe ? Pair A Stripe With A Complimentary Color


How to build outfits using stripes

Tips on building outfits with stripes as the center of attention. Don't want to gamble with the look?

A traditional way to wear stripes, pair the stripe article of clothing with a complementary color, such as the darker tone in the stripe. Layering stripes is a fun way to go, wear a striped knit boat neck top, with a cardigan or a solid T-shirt with a little cropped striped sweater.

Want Walk On The Wild Side? Pair your stripe with a complimentary solid color.


A Few Helpful Tipss

Tip - This season , as always, jackets are big, and your going to see many made with striped patterns, as well as bright solids. Layering stripes with the a jacket is a great way to make a big fashion statement. So, why not pair a jacket with a pair of pencil leg shorter trouser or how about pairing, that jacket with a pair of shorts? Shorts with a well chosen jacket can produce a fun edgy look. Add your favorite style of shoe, and handbag to put your own special signature on the outfit.

Like to make a bit of a splash? When putting your outfit together, add a color that is complementary to the color of your stripe, but not the same colors used in your stripes item of clothing.

For All You Business Women - Add A Wow Factor To You Your Otherwise Subdued Look... Add A bit if Stripe!


For all you business girls - add a striped blouse or striped knit top under your suit jacket, dress it up with a bit of simple gold or silver jewelry , and you ill be good to go. Take a generic business suit and blouse, add a color complimentary striped heel . Liven up that otherwise dull business look. Try a floral scarf with that stripe, flowers are sweet, and the mix of prints gives a fun feminine look. Just make sure that when choosing the scarf to keep the two primary colors of the outfit present - there can be other colors in the scarf, but you will want your primary colors included in the design.

Tips For The Woman On A Budget

On a budget, aren't we all? Still you want to buy a few trendy fashions to usher in spring. Consider buying anything with stripes, preferably a blouse or knit top, these item's cost less than perhaps a new pair of trousers or a new dress. Plus striped blouses and tops are classical, you will be able to wear them until they are worn out. You will have no problem finding striped fashions this spring, the look is everywhere.

Great Stores To Find Striped Fashions - For the budget minded Woman.

Just To Name A Few! Great Stores' To Find Striped Fashions - For the budget minded Woman.

Old Navy

The Gap




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