STYLE GURU STYLE: Earn Your Stylish Stripes

Michael Kors kept it classic in his pre-fall 2015 fashion show. The collection featured tailored pants and skirts, as well as statement coats and medium-length dresses fit for any professional setting. All pieces seemed effortless yet fashionable, especially the horizontal stripe dresses and tops. Horizontal tops may have the bad reputation of being unflattering, but the Michael Kors show went against the stereotype. The pattern made an appearance on turtlenecks tucked into skirts, sweaters under trench coats and shift dresses.

The pieces may have been classic on the surface, but in truth the collection was subtly gutsy. I admire how Michael Kors rebelled in two ways with his collection: by choosing a pattern that is considered taboo and a summer staple. The nautical trend being converted into a fall item is pure genius. It displays versatility. Speaking of versatility, one thing I loved about the collection was how Kors mixed the horizontal stripe pieces with polka-dots. Pattern clash? Certainly not—more like pattern play. Again, rebellious. This is precisely the reason I couldn’t help but incorporate the trend into my outfit of the day.

To keep within the collection’s color scheme, I chose my blue and red horizontal stripe top as the centerpiece of my look. With the top, I accessorized a neck scarf with a nautical pattern. Pattern play is the key interest of the ensemble, but I stayed in the same color scheme so that the top and scarf would not clash. Since there was already a lot of interest on top, I kept my bottom simple with a denim circle skirt and light brown oxfords.

Get My Look: 1. A classic and flattering horizontal stripe shirt that goes against the strereotype. 2. A retro and funky scarf that takes you back to the ’70s. 3. One versatile denim skirt. 4. A fun pair of oxfords.