An evergreen trend, stripes have caught the fancy of some of the biggest designers like Jean Paul Gaultier, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabanna, Moschino, Missoni, Sonia Rykiel, and even Chanel. Even decades later, they love to walk the straight line because stripes are easily one of the most simplistic yet elegant patterns in the design book.
With their nautical vibes, they also transcend into Cruise and resort wear rather easily. And of course, the understated elegance of stripes lets them fit in perfectly at the Royal Ascot races, as much as the Hamptons.
Also, you know what beats it all? It’s that high street designers like New Look, Boohoo, TopShop, Zara, and H&M work stripes into their everyday collections with just as much finesse. So, you really don’t need the big bucks to rock a classic Breton stripe jumper or the barcode stripe dress.
All you really need to take care of is to ensure they’re form-flattering. For those who aren’t necessarily looking for a slimming effect, we say, have it all! There’s no limit to the kind of fun you can have with stripes of every stripe.
But, for those of you who’ve always steered clear because of the ancient myth “Horizontal stripes make you look fatter”, well, here’s a little lesson in fashion that you need:
Slimming Stripes To Look Fashion-Forward
Boohoo Ella Stripe Bodycon Dress, £5
Don’t look away. If the horizontal stripes are narrow set on a darker and heavily contrasting background, then they are the most slimming of all. An ideal pick would be white stripes on a black base—about 90:10 (black:white) is the ratio you want to go for.
Boohoo Tia Striped Tie Front Skinny Leg Jumpsuit, £20
These can be used to accentuate your curves and tone down your heavier areas. Picture this: Horizontal stripes on the top to highlight your gorgeous bust juxtaposed with vertical ones on the bottom to slim out your hips.
Karen Millen Diagonal Stripe A-Line Dress, £105
A dream for the hourglass lady, stripes that run diagonally down from the waistband can really camouflage your tummy bulge. Even if you pick a dress with diagonal stripes from end-to-end, it will look like a dream. They draw the eye downward in a linear yet slicing visual that’s figure flattering.
Revolve Off-White Pinstripe Formal Dress, £946.32
The easiest way to cut a pretty figure in workwear, make pinstripes an office staple. It needn’t always be the business jacket. Pinstripe skirts, pants, shirts, jumpsuits, and high waist shorts are all good picks. Just don’t do a head-to-toe look because that ensemble is a bit dated. Create contrast on the other half of your body by way of a solid fuss-free colour or an interesting design.
Boohoo Tall Skye Stripe Wide Leg Trousers, £16
The most obvious of all choices, the thing to note is that vertical stripes don’t necessarily make you look any thinner. It’s all about the silhouette with this one. Wide-leg floor-grazing pants in vertical stripes will do the job. But, ankle length or cropped pants with vertical stripes will look just the same. Worse, if the vertical stripes are in equal blocks or wider set, they can actually make you look bigger.