Ohhhh STRIPES! Are bigger – bigger than you and bigger than me….
We’re not sure exactly why they make us want to sing R.E.M., but stripes do make us feel like Shiny Happy People, and they are a much bigger fashion icon than any of us, so we’re going with it.
Stripes are a perennial favourite, especially when Spring styles start hitting the stores. And we’re HERE for them.
Visions of the French Riviera might be obvious, but virtually any style, outfit, or piece of clothing can benefit by the addition of stripes. Yet, this simple pattern has the power to strike fear into the hearts of even the bravest fashionistas.
We have a special love for bars of colour (or of black and white). So much so that we’re already prepping for one of our favourite 100% made-up holidays of the year (aside from Star Wars Day and International Talk Like a Pirate Day, of course) – JCrew’s National Stripes Day on March 31st!
And when a pattern has its own special holiday? Well, we think that deserves a little homage!
To make sure we can all celebrate in style, we’re sharing the magic of stripes with you.
Stripes of Every Type!
You might have thought that stripes are only for sporty casual types. (NOPE!)
You might have thought that curvy bods can’t wear stripes (GUESS AGAIN, LADY!)
You might have thought that angular types can’t wear stripes either! (EXCUUUUSE US?!)
We politely disagree, thank you very much.
In fact, we believe this to be true: absolutely anyone can wear stripes.
It’s just a matter of how you wear them to deliver the style message that works best for you.
In other words, not all stripes are created equal (see what we did there?). Depending on the width, separation, and level of variation, you can use stripes to accomplish a whole bunch of goals!
Stripes can… create length OR width where you want it
- Lengthen your body and skim your curves with corrugates stripes.
- Add strength across a narrower top to balance broader hips with even-width stripes.
- Accentuate an hourglass with multi-directional stripes.
Stripes can be… perfect for any size or shape
Stripes can be… body-con and sporty
Stripes can be…directional and dramatic
Or romantic and bohemian…
Or fitted, flared, and formal…
Stripes can be… a surprising point of interest, when you need a little something extra (but just a little!)
March 31st is here, and our wardrobes are in full stripe celebration mode!
With our quick guide to wearing our favourite pattern, will we see you showing your stripes too?
cover image courtesy of economyofstyle.net