When we think about wearing a popular pattern such as polka dots or plaid, we often picture wearing an entirely patterned garment. Sometimes a printed blouse or patterned pant is just what you need to pull an outfit together. However, that isn’t the only option. Some prints can be unflattering if worn all over; one great example of this is stripes. Whether they are horizontal, vertical or even diagonal, stripes are just one of those picky prints that don’t often flatter every kind of figure. This print in particular is one that can often look its best when worn in moderation.
This week’s Fashionisto is sporting what I call a “slightly striped” sweater and therefore serves as the perfect example of how to wear stripes in a minimal, yet flattering way. Now horizontal stripes often get a bad reputation for making people look wider; however, when worn the right way, these stripes can highlight certain parts of the body and add width where it may be necessary. This sweater in particular is doing a number of things to flatter our Fashionisto’s fabulous physique. By having the horizontal stripes placed at the top of the garment, they are not only broadening the width of his shoulders but also drawing attention towards his face.
What I like about this outfit as a whole is that this Fashionisto let the stripes be the main accent within the ensemble. He chose to layer his striped sweater with a blue button-down and tan pants and finished off the look with black dress shoes. By wearing mostly solid, neutral colors he let the stripes be the eye-catching aspect of the ensemble and, therefore, highlight some of his best features.
Hint: Vertical stripes tend to lengthen the body while horizontal stripes may widen it. Be mindful of where stripes fall on your body and let them highlight your best bits instead of enhancing less the flattering areas.