When you hear the words “spring” and “fashion (trend)”, what is the first thing that pops into your head? Pastels? Denim? Florals? For me, it would be polka dots and stripes. Yes, these fun prints are my favourite spring trends. I find myself buying these every single year and to be honest, I’m still looking for the perfect polka dotted or striped item (or maybe this is just a bad excuse so I can buy more haha). Polka dots and stripes are a classic, they never go out of style and they can give your outfits that specific WOW factor.
Excited about these trends? I feel ya. But before you start your polka dots/stripes shopping spree, there are a few things I would like to share with you about..stripes. I’m not a pro, but as an enthusiast shopaholic throughout the years, there are a few things I have learned when wearing stripes.
1. Vertical, diagonal, horziontal
When it comes to stripes, they come in all sizes and shapes. Speaking about shapes, we all know horizontal stripes increase volume and vertical stripes elongate the frame. But how about diagonal stripes? Well guys, diagonal stripes tend to make you look slimmer. Say what? Yes! Diagonal lines highlight the areas where you want them to look slimmer. Woohoo!
2. Narrow stripes vs. wider stripes
Don’t know what stripes suit you best? Ok, here’s the thing: if you are petite, stick to the narrow stripes. If you are tall, opt for wider stripes. Thin stripes also make you look slimmer, particularly navy blue or black lines. Wide stripes, in fact, make you look wider. I always go for stripes that are no wider than 4-5 cm.
3. Body type
You probably know this already, but anyone can wear stripes. Whether you have a rectangular, pear shaped, apple shaped, or an hourglass frame, anyone can pull off stripes. As for my figure, I would consider myself pear shaped. And this is not something I’m always very proud of, I have a love-hate relationship with it..but ok, I just have to deal with it. As my hips are wider than the upper part of my body, I’d opt for vertical stripes as bottoms. This will elongate my lower part of my body which is good as I’m not tall either. I won’t wear horizontal trousers or skirts as they will increase volume to my hips.
However, if you are an hourglass type, do wear horizontal striped skirts or shorts as they will add definition to your hips. As for the upper part, go for a plain top. If you are wearing a striped dress, good for you! But don’t forget to cinch your waist..you just don’t want to lose your waist, do you? For an apple shaped body, I would recommend wearing vertical or diagonal tops. If your striped top has a waistband, perfect! Tie it around your waist to create the “illusion of having a waist”. For a rectangular shape, try to avoid vertical as they can make you look more rectangular-ish (if that makes sense). Horizontal stripes will do just fine.
Alrighty, that’s it for today! I hope you found these useful.
Would you wear stripes this season?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,