Stripes are an essential part of any timeless wardrobe, and with a few smart choices, anyone can flaunt them in a fresh and modern style. Deciding on how to wear stripes in a way that works for your lifestyle and personal taste can depend on many things, including your height and body type.
For example, vertical stripes are great for petite women and those with more curvy figures as they elongate the body and draw the eye up and down, rather than side-to-side. Thin or pin stripes can also have a slimming effect, while bold, thick stripes can draw the eye to the wrong places.
Put a twist on classic Breton stripes: A classic Breton stripe in navy and white will work for anyone, it's just a matter of deciding what kind of clothing is right for you—it could be a cotton dress or t-shirt or even a thick knit sweater with brass buttons.
The Breton stripe can be worn as a classic element of a sophisticated and minimal wardrobe, or worked into a fashion-forward closet in many exciting ways.
How about you wear a Breton stripe sweater with cropped flare jeans or under a leather jacket. The stripes even work with bold colors like red and orange when you want to introduce a pop of color into your ensemble.
Try an unexpected take: If a simple navy-and-white striped piece feels too basic for you, branch out into new colors and patterns. Multicolor stripes can be tough to pull off, so try just one piece at a time, worn with easy dark denim jeans, a black pencil skirt or under your favorite neutral coat. You can go as bright or clashing as you like, just play with combinations till you get it right. For example, bright rainbow stripes go well with neutral tones that offer contrast or shimmering items that contribute to its overall effect.
Rock a matched set: A striped matched set doesn't have to be as bland as it sounds. If you stick with neutral colors like white, blue, black and grey or even camel, this look is actually really sophisticated and easy. Look for pieces that have a fit you feel comfortable in, and could be worn separately too.
Your best option is a sleeveless top and wide-leg trousers that are designed to look sophisticated in any subtle print or solid color, and these pieces could easily be worked into any existing wardrobe.
Play with striped accessories: A fun way to work stripes into your wardrobe is to find accessories or shoes in a vibrant eye-catching print to make a strong statement in your ensemble. Striped accessories are a great idea for anyone who has a consistent wardrobe of solid pieces and wants to change things up.
Step into wearing striped pumps with your favorite cropped jeans, or a fun striped bag with your classic little black dress.
Also look for quirky extras in patterns that you might not have thought of like belts, sunglasses, a scarf or hat.
Go super subtle: Stripes don’t have to be bold and bright, you can work a subtle stripe that functions almost like a texture rather than a print. Pick out a clothing item with stripe patterns that are softer and easier to blend with the other colors and embellishments.