stripey man striped topStripes come in every color and a variety of widths. Horizontal, vertical, even diagonal and chevron stripes. Stripes are fun and flattering on practically any item in your wardrobe, from dresses and tops to shoes and skirts. It’s been deemed as the coolest thing ever-in the fashion industry. Stripes make you look simple, smart, sexy, cool and relaxed; all at once. But, there’s more of wearing stripes than looking stylish, or being confused for a zebra.

Add a graphic punch to your outfit by choosing accessories with multi-colored stripes. A scarf, handbag or headband is a great way to sport the striped trend

striped pantsstripes timelessVertical, skinny stripes can help elongate your figure. A striped blouse looks great paired with a suit, skirt or jeans, from casual to dressy and all moods in between. No matter how cute horizontal stripes are, these vertical stripes will always make you look taller and slimmer.

Look for a sleeveless striped dress that’s perfect for a warm afternoon; then top it off with a cardigan or blazer in a complementary color for work or a committee meeting. If you are the kind of girl who has a smaller upper body and bigger lower body, then a mix of both the horizontals and verticals can do the trick. Here’s where you shop for an outfit whose bodice has horizontal stripes and the lower part has verticals. If your physique is the vice versa of this, then you know what to wear; verticals on the upper body and horizontals on the lower body. That ends up giving you a more proportional look.

Lupita Stripped black and whitewhite and black stripped dressYou’ll also see combinations of stripes that cleverly use diagonals and verticals to create a flattering silhouette. Don’t be afraid to try an interesting-looking top or dress on for size, just to see how these designs can create the illusion of a smaller waist or narrower hips. You can try something funky like the variegated stripes on Lupita Nyong’o’s dress. Just make sure that there is some consistency with the colors and/or thickness of the stripes. Her patterns work because they are all black and white, just different ways.

When stripes are large they add a graphic, casual vibe to sportswear. Keep accessories to a minimum because an oversized stripe takes center stage in the outfit.

Horizontal stripes should only be worn by people who are slim, and vertical ones by people who are plus size.
By Zahra