10 Ways to Wear Stripes

black-and-white-stripes-street-style-1Stripes are one of my favorite patterns! So many women are terrified of wearing stripes because of the fear of looking larger. I get it but I’m here to help you ditch those silly fears.

I’ve got some easy tips for wearing stripes that won’t visually add weight. I’ve also got 10 inspiration images to get you excited about wearing stripes.img_4653-victoria1MFW-Street-2-20_110943438894

Change directions.

Horizontal stripes aren’t for everyone. Everyone can wear them but not everyone feels confident in them. If that sounds like you, try vertical stripes instead. They elongate the body and are very chic, especially in black and white.lfw1-24_105621133704Nam02_hg_temp2_l_full_l

Add a layer.

When wearing horizontal stripes, add a solid jacket or a sweater, which breaks the sometimes widening lines. I use this trick on my clients all the time.

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Proportion is key.

If you have a larger frame, try a thicker stripe. If you are petite a thinner stripes would be a better option. You can also apply this rule to all patterns. Size matters when it comes to patterns.milan-street-stylefall-2012-stripped-shirt

More than one way to wear it.

If striped clothing scares you, try rocking the trend a different way. A bag, shoes, or even a pair of striped socks will let you enjoy the trend without going full on Beetlejuice.nyfw-street-2-23_144720349797tumblr_ms7jyiBPYG1qgngcgo1_1280paris-street-style-fall-2012

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