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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trendspotting: The allure of stripes

We have spotted a trend that is on the rise for the upcoming summer season. Yes, chic Parisienne stripes are making a comeback! But did they ever really go out of style? Prints are really in right now, so you really can’t go wrong with any printed article of clothing (or stationery for that matter!).

There's nothing that screams summer more than French sailor stripes worn by the water. Classic black and white stripes have been around for ages, as one of the most beloved patterns in fashion history. Ever since Coco Chanel sported the timeless pattern on a boatneck shirt, it has become a popular summer choice for fashion-forward women all around the world, not just for young men catching fish on a boat. Nautical stripes are one of the most minimalist of patterns, and look great combined with classic pieces like blazers and high-waisted trousers. But try to think outside of the box this season and take the pattern to a whole new level of form and function.

Black and white or cream stripes seem to be dominating the stores, but don’t let that hold back your creativity. Go for red, burgundy, navy, or olive. It’s really more about the stripes and not the color.

Wait, how are stripes worn?
Stripes can be worn on top or bottom, or full body, as in a dress. For the bottom, steer clear of stripe pants, we’ll leave these for the 80s, but a skirt can fit in this century. Of course, tops are the number one way to feature this trend.

There are no restrictions on size of stripes. Go thin or thick! Just keep in mind that a thinner stripe will actually make you look wider. So, keep your body type in mind when choosing your striped garment.

Also, a good rule of thumb is to limit your stripes to only one piece per outfit. So, keep the pants solid, like jeans or black leggings, and add a stripe top. Or, as mentioned earlier, do a stripe skirt with a solid top. We’ll leave the mixing stripes and patterns for the runway.

Don’t be afraid of stripes! Keep them wider for a more slimming look. And, if it makes you feel more comfortable, add a military or boyfriend jacket over top.
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