I prefer a great print over a solid shade any day. The particular type of print does not matter, but just having something other than a plain color on an article of clothing does. Often when spring and summer come around, people bust out the typical floral patterns. Some even opt for the nautical feel, choosing to rock the likes of anchors and whales on their clothes. A true Fashionista, however, knows to throw on a few unpredictable print choices every once in a while to keep her look fresh.
Take stripes, for example. A trip to the mall will make clear how sparse stripes become when the temperatures start to rise. It isn’t that the pattern completely disappears from the racks, but rather that it is hidden underneath a flower-power explosion. And when it does surface, it is often of the horizontal kind and goes along with the nautical style. The true wonder lies in the vertical stripe for it can really elevate one’s look on its own.
Look to this week’s Fashionista for a styling idea. She knows that the effect of the stripes going up and down can easily become jarring, only because it is so closely associated with pajamas and prison. Therefore, she cleverly paired her top with a bottom in the same color as half of the stripes. This allows for continuity in her look, making it easy on the eyes. I especially love how she tied up the front of her top to keep it summery and flirty.
The secret to making the vertical stripes work is to be as minimal as possible. Being overly laden with accessories will take away from the flow of the outfit, at least during the summertime. Besides, too many items hanging from the body can be quite the hassle in the warm weather. This Fashionista went with a classic watch and butterfly earrings for jewelry, and opted for some simple T-strap sandals for footwear.
If you’re feeling inspired to try out vertical stripes this summer, just keep the idea of continuity in mind. First find a top in a color combination you like. Then, pick one of the colors as your base and make sure to choose bottoms in that same hue. If feeling extra ambitious, do not be afraid to switch it up a bit. Feel free to go for pinstriped bottoms or even a dress in the print. Just remember, flow is key. For accessories, stay away from neck adornments around this time and pick out your favorite studs for earrings and maybe a simple bracelet or watch. Finally slip on your go-to summer sandals and you’re ready to rock your outfit.