People give stripes a really hard time; most girls stray away because they think horizontal stripes make them look wider. I hate when I hear people say they can’t pull off stripes because, for me, they are so versatile and can help conjure up many different looks from nautical to preppy to classic Americana. Although stripes were not a major statement on spring 2012 runways, they did pop up on an amazing blazer at 10 Crosby Derek Lam, a preppy swimsuit at Marc by Marc Jacobs and a bold jacket at Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. This is a fresh trend that won’t be overplayed this spring and summer.
This Fashionista mixed her striped shirt with a feminine print to create a romantic look for the sunny afternoon. A simple striped tee, like this Wood Wood one, is an easy way to elevate an outfit from basic to trendy. This Fashionista’s summery, printed maxi skirt is ultra feminine, but her black boots and purse add a touch of toughness. I really like the idea of mixing more than one striped piece for a totally surprising combination, so I think it would be fun to wear a striped tee with vertically striped pants like J.Crew’s seersucker café capri.
If you want to ease into stripes, try this colorful dress from Francesca’s Collections with black strappy sandals. Don’t be scared about pulling off this trend, just wear your stripes with confidence and everyone will be sure to compliment you.