As of late, the fashion magazines and the runways have been enthusiastically embracing all colors of the rainbow. At once. Stripes are everywhere and the good news is you can wear them in very sophisticated ways. Forget the old rules, here’s what you should know about stripes:
- stripes are elegant if the dominant color is dark
- stripes are versatile
- stripes are fun without being childish
- stripes are flattering if the dominant color is dark AND the width of the stripes is in proportion with your body
- diagonal or vertical stripes elongate, especially when paired with a bottom in the same color as the background color
To demonstrate, I created four looks that can stylishly take you take you from office to dinner and anywhere inbetween.
Multi directional panels of bold and brilliant stripes enliven this knit top in a sharply fitted, cropped cut that accentuates the waist (52% cotton, 48% silk).
Stripes for the office
Vibrant variegated stripes ring a figure-skimming crew neck sweater in a soft, fine rib knit.
Friday night dinner and a movie
Porting a fresh palette of stripes to shake up any closet, this Joie raglan-sleeve pullover is sumptuously cozy in a luxurious blend of wool and cashmere. 70% wool, 30% cashmere.
Girls night out
Shimmering, showstopping stripes will energize your closet via this slim pullover in a merino wool-blend knit. The flare of the pants balances the body and the cropped length shows off the flirty shoes.
What’s your favorite look ?