Stripes, Stripes, and More Stripes

Woman in stripes, walking

The zebra is probably one of the more trendsetting of animals. Stripes have been making their way to the fashion runway ever since Coco Chanel introduced the Breton striped shirt, becoming a fashion statement for young sophisticates, and still worn today by such fashion icons from Kate Moss to Kate Middleton. Although the stripes of the zebra serve as a means of camouflaging the animal, they also serve as a means of identity. Apparently, zebras recognize one another by the slightly distinct striping pattern on their hide. If stripes are a means of self-expression in the animal kingdom, then there is no reason why they should not do the same for the fashion world. Here are some ways of earning your stripes this summer.

Stripes Trending 2017
In addition to lining (literally) spring runways this year, stripes have also taken their place as major contenders on the red carpet. Both Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery and Blackish’s Yara Shahadi cemented the rainbow striped dress as fashionable evening wear for the Hollywood crowd this year for a new take on A-list evening wear.

Milan fashion show 2017

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The runway has also seen no shortage of stripes this year. Altuzarra did a nautical inspired off the shoulder dress in primary red and blue capable of doubling as for day or night duties, depending on the accessories. Proenza Shouler showed its stripes in combination with a color block scheme on a knit dress. Miu Miu went mod with a striped shirt dress, while Fendi went daring with their striped crop top, seen modeled by Gwyneth Paltrow on the February edition of In Style Magazine. Menswear pieces are all the rage with pinstriped button down borrowed from your boyfriend looks. Look to Caroline Herrera for an elegant vertical white and black striped dress and check out Tommy Hilfiger striped maxi for a cool summer look.

Woman in colorful striped shirt

Wearing Stripes
While stripes may be a perfect for the runway, they can be a difficult look to pull off for the everyday. Here are some tips for wearing stripes this season:

  • Horizontal Stripes Don’t Increase Girth
    Studies show this is a myth, so ignore it.
  • Bold Stripes Equal Bold Looks
    If you don’t want to make big waves with your stripes, you may want to start with a more toned downed pinstripe before working your way to the wider look.
  • Go Neutral With Stripes
    Pair your striped skirt or jeans with a black colored top or vice versa.
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative
    Black and white is classic but don’t be afraid to think out of the box. Go for rainbow stripes if your daring, or greys with reds for a more toned down contrast.
  • Mix Prints
    Stripes can look really great with florals or plaid. Think of them as a neutral piece and pair prints accordingly.

Woman posing with striped skirt

How are you showing your stripes this season? Let us know! We love to get your comments and suggestions.

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