Style Advice of the Week

Stripes are one staple in the fashion industry that I believe will never waver. These horizontal, sometimes vertical, parallel lines that repeat across a garment are nearly always attractive and alluring. Weather you’re in the fashion capital of the world or walking along the ocean, stripes can adapt to any setting. Wherever you are and whenever you’re there I say stripe on! LONG LIVE THE STRIPES!

From the introduction of the Brenton striped shirt by Coco Chanel in her 1917 nautical collection inspired by naval uniforms of the time, the stripe has continued to sail high into our recent decade. Whereas nearly a century ago stripes were printed on softer garments and mostly worn by the preppy, now-a-days stripes can fit their way into any style. Look 15 from the House of Balmain’s 2013 spring ready-to-wear collection is a striking black and white striped jacket that shows how stripes can have a bold and bad side.

This Fashionista surprises us with a completely black summer outfit. While most people resort to vivid colors during the steaming months it’s almost refreshing to see the sexy black make a return before the snow begins to fall. Her bold black and white striped pants are perfect for a night out. The hypnotizing print is sure to turn heads. She paired her crazy pants with a simple black leather-like peplum tank top, black open toe cork style wedges, a couple yellow bangles and an amazing yellow clutch. The addition of the bright accessories to this all black outfit is what makes her seemingly fall/winter outfit so perfect for a summer night.

To use this inspiration for a summer day try pairing a black and white striped Brenton three-quarter sleeve shirt with yellow shorts. Throw your hair up into a high ponytail, add a statement necklace then slide on some Birkenstocks and you’ve totally transformed this sassy dinner date outfit into one you can wear throughout the summer.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Always dress like you should be the center of attention.”


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