How to Wear Stripes | 3 Simple Style Rules

Posted on: Monday, March 17, 2014

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||  Zara shorts (similar from Asos here & another fun pattern here) || Zara Tweed Blazer ||

Stripes are one of my very favorite things.  Period.  But a lot of people are unsure how to wear stripes so they avoid them at all costs.  Bummer.  I have plenty of favorite things but wearing stripes always ranks pretty high up there style-wise.

SIMPLE RULE #1:  SMALLER, NARROW STRIPES ARE A GOOD THING

Figuring out how to wear stripes can be tricky, right?…too wide, too long, too high and you’ve got a major uh-oh on your hands.  A simple rule that works for how to wear stripes?  Narrow stripes are a flattering fit for almost anyone.  When in doubt, opt for a small, thin stripe over thick.

how to wear stripes | Art in the Find

How to Wear Stripes | Art in the Find

SIMPLE RULE #2:  PLAY WITH PROPORTION & COLOR

Wondering how to wear stripes but to play it cool?  When wearing stripes, think about pairing it with a neutral piece or simple shapes in lighter or complementary colors to go for a classic, chic look.  Wear stripes around the area of the body you want to emphasize.  Love your legs, stripes go there.  Love your shoulders, a striped top is perfect!

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SIMPLE RULE #3:  VERTICAL vs. HORIZONTAL STRIPES?  DO BOTH, IN MODERATION

How to wear stripes if they’re vertical or horizontal? Wearing vertical stripes and horizontal stripes can both be achieved if done in moderation.  Vertical stripes (up and down) elongate the body, which is good, if the stripes are few and far between.  Horizontal stripes cause the eye to move back and forth, so remember rule #1 when wearing horizontal stripes.

how to wear stripes | Art in the Find

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