The spring 2016 runway was full of patterns, but nothing was more eye-catching than the iconic update of the stripe. From midi dresses and trench coats, to jeans and skirts, the nautical print got a total reboot (finally). People tend to steer away from anything striped, as the pattern cannot be the most flattering, however by accenting the waist with multiple thinner stripes and combining different thicknesses with space and color, designers have made this pattern seem not only flattering, but celebrates curves instead of hiding them (dare I say, cool).
Taking inspiration from the MaxMara spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, I wore this metallic striped midi dress, which focused on combining different thicknesses, especially around the waist and hips, similar to the MaxMara look. I also took inspiration from another major trend this spring, street life and the rag & bone spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, which pairs bomber and leather jackets with sparkles and dresses to add street level toughness to a soft look
It can be tricky to wear horizontal stripes, however the updated stripe pattern celebrates the body, instead of hiding it. My goal with this outfit was to extenuate my natural curves for an effortlessly sexy look that I could wear out on the weekend during the winter. By adding a jacket and heels, the striped dress did only become can I say sexy?, but warm and night time approved.
My outfit includes a gold and black metallic Urban Outfitters midi dress and black leather jacket, with Jeffrey Campbell wedges. To add to the look, I wore a dark, smokey eye makeup and finished the look off with a kate spade cross-body bag. I actually wore no jewelry with this look as I wanted to keep the focus on the dress
From the high seas to the runways, the striped pattern is making a splash in the fashion world for its innovation, boldness, and novelty. The pattern can be updated by mixing different shapes, edgy pieces and hues.