Fashion 101: Five Tips in Rocking Stripes

Stripes have always been the epitome of casual and relaxed, the height of sophistication and the penultimate summer fashion pattern second only to floral prints. As lauded as stripes may be by fashion pundits and style enthusiasts, many would still balk at the prospect of wearing any striped pattern apparel as it has a tendency to create an illusory effect that may work to one’s advantage or disadvantage. But as the wise style adage goes: One should never underestimate the power of a perfect striped t-shirt. Any simple striped apparel is an easy fashion staple that almost anyone can wear, and if you are creative enough, you would see how easy it is to accessorize. Wearing it with heels can easily transform your striped apparel from simple and casual to a dressy ensemble fit for any formal affairs.

However, if wearing stripes perplexes you, here are simple ways and tips to aid you in rocking any striped clothing you may have whether it may a wholesale clothing buy or a retail bought apparel.

Look thinner with horizontal stripes

An erroneous claim made by fashion experts before was to opine that women who are more prominently round should avoid wearing any striped patterns altogether. However, this has been found to be a harsh assumption as horizontal stripes would achieve the effect of making wider women appear taller rather that give them an illusion of bulk. However, choose horizontal stripes and avoid the vertical ones as the latter will make you appear wider and even fuller—even for people with small midsections.

Loose for curvy bodies

Stripes are incredibly easy to wear and style. Perhaps the easiest and most basic forms of wearing this pattern is to pair this simply with any pair of jeans and finish it off with a cute pair of loafers or sneakers. Curvier girls should opt for looser shirts as you do not want to define your tummy if you have a bit of fat in there. Loose striped tops will give you that slimming effect.

Choose black and white tones

Considering that stripes already gives an aesthetic visual by itself, it is better to break the tone down by selecting either black or white swatches as a pair to your striped tee or blouse rather than choose another pattern for a bottom as this creates less noise. A simple black base would do wonders when paired off with a striped blouse and if you have a rather curvy midsection, opt for a high-waist bottom paired off with a loose-fitting striped top.

Stripes are perfect for lazy days

There are days wherein we would not want to make so much of a fuss in regards with what we wear. These are our lazy days, but this does not mean that we would not want to appear fashionable altogether. Stripes are perfect for such days as you can grab a striped tunic tee and finish it off with a pair of leggings. A striped tunic-length top certainly adds drama to what otherwise would be a plain ensemble, and it is a different take on your everyday standard tunics.


Striped tops can be pretty basic and plain if left bare and without accessories. Create a different look by adding a matching vest, tie or a colorful scarf that will add a bit of spice to the traditional black and white. For a medium look, opt for neutral colors and go for brighter accessories for more emphasis. Leave your bottom bare and do not define it as you will overwhelm your overall getup.

Start with striped accessories

If sporting stripes early on is a bit daunting for you, try incorporating them into your ensemble as an accent or an accessory. Begin by donning them as a statement scarf or as an unconventional purse. A graphic touch to what would otherwise be a plain outfit is a great way to make your outfit interesting and sporting on stripes is the easiest way to add a fun factor. Try unconventional and unexpected combinations such as a large colorful striped bag or a bright red and white striped scarf. Break the mold, go quirky and do not simply go for drab and neutral colors.

Choose vertical stripes as trousers

Bold ladies who wish to go all out on this trend should have a pair of Beetlejuice pants in their wardrobes. Although it a bit too zany for some, fashion enthusiasts will find that black and white vertical striped pants is a great and bold fashion statement to make, and it is an interesting spin to your ordinary day pants. Complement the pants with a plain tee or a black blazer and finish it off with a pair of high heels to elongate the stripes.

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