When paired with the right pieces, stripes can really enhance your figure and keep your wardrobe looking up to date and fun. Countless designers such as Prada and Sonia Rykiel have included their own twist of the breton stripe craze – mixing vertical prints with horizontal and thin stripes with thick. This season, there’s a way to wear stripes for anyone, whether you’re a six foot model or a petite pair shape – it’s all about finding the right look for you.
A vertical stripe can help to elongate anyone, especially when in the form of a maxi or midi length (also huge contenders for spring), however, a horizontal stripe is ever so slightly more difficult to work into your wardrobe, especially for those that aren’t blessed with a modelesque body type. If you plan on attempting the horizontal look, make sure you opt for a print with a thin stripe, instead of thick, as this can make you look bigger than you actually are.
Here are some favourites for this season:
The safest way for anyone to wear stripes is by making sure you use the right length and shape for your body type. For example, if you’re a pair shape, try wearing a horizontally striped blouse with a vertical pinstripe skirt to even out any imperfections, and if you happen to sport a more boyish shape, wear a straight across stripe combo to give the illusion of curves.
But remember, mixing stripes doesn’t just mean mixing a skirt with a blouse – if you plan on a more understated take on the trend, try investing in a striped floppy hat or cuff in a complementing shade. Infact, you can find almost anything striped on the high-street right now, and if you’re on a tight budget, just invest in a set of striped false nails (or paint them yourself if you have a steady hand!)