… STRIPES. Oh stripes, I am head-over-heels for you.
I follow trends and love ’em, but seldom have I felt so drawn to an of-the-moment look. I’ve mentioned recently that I pretty much want to wear stripes every day, and have to keep myself from doing so. Forcibly. Also have to prevent myself from buying up and thrifting every striped item I see – recent acquisitions include a button-detail boatneck from Value Village, this blazer, and this dress. This fun and versatile print just seems to go with everything, and adds a fun graphic element to any outfit.
I know many women shy away from horizontal stripes because of their rumored widening properties, but I’d encourage all of you to investigate for yourself before resigning yourselves to a stripe-free existence. Stripe width and placement influence figure flattery, as do the amount of contrast between the individual stripes and, of course, the cut of the garment. Before you say you can’t wear stripes, play around a little with striped garments and see for yourself.
Are you into stripes? Do you like ’em big and bold, or less contrast-y? Do you agree that this pattern is versatile, or do you feel it has stylistic constraints? What’s your favorite stripes-based look?