October 15th, 2015 at 2:10am

I think we can all agree that stripes will never go out of style. The print is effortlessly chic, providing the wearer with a timeless look. Formerly known as “the devil’s cloth”, striped clothing once represented ambiguity, daringness and social deviance. Today, the negative connotations have vanished, and the pattern is viewed as a fashion statement representing boldness and a willingness to test the boundaries of social tolerance. If you ask me, it’s a way to express yourself and have fun while doing so. And don’t you always turn your head when you see stripes? They’re pretty eye-catching.

There are so many different stripe variations. The bar code, the shadow, the pencil, the awning stripe—the list goes on and on. This Fashionista is sporting two different stripes in her sporty-chic attire: the candy (1/8” vertical stripes) and the Bengal stripe (1/4” vertical stripes). Wearing a pleated skirt, she is channeling her inner Cher Horowitz (all we need is some plaid). However, instead of going for a trendy ‘90s mini skirt, this Fashionista opted for a classier look and chose a midi skirt.

The key to wearing a bold print is to pair it with something simple. It is possible to wear multiple patterns at once, but that’s a whole different ballgame and we won’t get into it today. This Fashionista paired a plain black three-quarter sleeve top with her look allowing her printed skirt to remain the main component of the outfit. The vertical stripes create a slimming look while making the body appear taller. And the pockets—can we talk about pockets? I am such a sucker for skirts with pockets! I just bought one at H&M and I’ve already worn it multiple times within the last few weeks (I’ve washed it, I promise!).

Sporting black ankle booties, neutral accessories and dark nail polish, this Fashionista’s look is entirely monochromatic. Her deep mauve lips add the perfect pop of color.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Black and white never goes out of style. Wear what makes you happiest!”