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Elegant Ways for Women to Wear Striped Clothing

Throw your worries that wearing stripes will make you look like a jailbird, out of the window. This guide on the different styles in which you can wear stripes will assuage all your worries.
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Change the Angle

Not too sure that horizontal or even vertical stripes are quite your style? Well, whoever said that you need to stick to these two patterns. Welcome another member of the family into your wardrobe with diagonal stripes. Not only is the pattern très chic, it is also flattering on most body types.
We have seen the age of the polka dots, we have lived through the wave of neons, we have even survived the catastrophic phase of padded shoulders; but if there is one trend that has kept us all sane through it and remained a timeless classic, it is a print that we call stripes. From the ever-popular pinstripes that can be found in every formal wardrobe, to the sailors-inspired nautical stripes, and the kaleidoscopic, vibrantly colorful bold stripes that cheer us up on a routine, mundane day, stripes have time and again proved just how essential they are to our wardrobe.

If you are still shying away from embracing this print, then we tell you how you can add it in different ways to your outfit lookbook.

T-shirts

Green striped t-shirtDiagonal striped t-shirt

With nautical stripes being such a rage, T-shirts with stripes on them have become quite the common sight. And why not? You can wear them with jeans, skirts, trousers, blazers; well, the list is endless. While we love the classic black and white combination, we suggest that you experiment a little. Play with color. And wear it with a pair of pants in a matching shade. Or if that's not your thing, then choose a tee that sports stripes in a slightly unique style. How about trying diagonals?

Shirts

Vertical striped black and white shirtVertical and horizontal striped purple shirt

If you thought that striped shirts were a mainstay only in men's wardrobes, you are in for a bit of a surprise. Shirts with lines look as amazingly elegant on women as men. And the good part is, our playground is so much bigger. For a smart, workplace-appropriate look, opt for thinner stripes. They needn't be pin-thin or in black and white, but thinner lines and darker colors do work well for offices. If you are looking for something a little more bold, then pick a shirt in a more vibrant color with bolder stripes.

Tops

Noodle strapped black and white blouseBlack and white kaftan style top

There is no rule that states that you cannot play around with silhouettes if you are wearing stripes. So, why not opt for a top that challenges the status quo. We absolutely adore this little noodle-strapped number. Team it with a pretty skirt, and you will have the girl-next-door look pat down. Want something, a little more stylish? How about a top in a lesser-seen cut like the kaftan-style top that the model is wearing here. A pair of shorts are the perfect addition to the look to keep it modern.

Skirts

White stripes skirtBlack and white skirt

The most amazing thing about being a woman is the variety we have at our disposal where clothing styles are concerned. So, why restrict ourselves just to tops? Wear your stripes on a skirt. Since the print is so versatile, it is suitable to almost any weather. So, whether it is an a-line skirt worn with a coordinated crop top or a short skirt worn with leggings, a tee, and other winter paraphernalia, you will have an outfit on your hand that is sure to win the approval of everyone who walks by.

Dresses

Black and white dressSelf-print dress

Now, if you are the girly type who loves to dress up in dresses, then don't shy away from this affair with lines. In fact, a dress gives you quite a few ways to play around. You can sport one with vertical stripes, diagonal, or even horizontal stripes. You can pick a multicolored dress with a diverse range of hues. You can go subtle with a dress that has stripes in a shade lighter or darker than the base color. You are sure to be spoiled for choice.

Pants

Black and white pantsColored pants

Every woman knows the tale of how vertical stripes can make you look slimmer and also give you the appearance of a streamlined figure. Use this worst-kept secret to your advantage by investing in a pair of denims with vertical stripes. Feeling a little more daring? Opt for a more fashion-forward look with a jumpsuit in which the pants have a stripes-playing-peekaboo feeling to them. It is important that with such a look that the rest of the outfit be extremely simple. With a print-heavy bottom, it is best to keep the rest of your outfit in solid hues.

Jackets

Vertical striped jacketHorizontal striped jacket

A fashionista will always emphasize the importance of a good jacket. A well-cut coat can actually change the way your outfit looks in a matter of seconds. It is the style version of two-minute noodles. It is instant. And if you want to give your trusted jacket a quick upgrade, then stripes are the way to go. It is such a basic print that it is almost considered a neutral, which allows you to wear it with pretty much any outfit you want.

Include stripes in its different avatars in your wardrobe as they flatter most figures beautifully. While big, bold stripes can seem a little intimidating, and thin stripes a little too office(y), when paired with the right separates and accessories, it can be testimony to some pretty smart styling.
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Published: December 21, 2013
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