Dress – Kate Spade, Top – Kate Spade, Belt – Forever 21
Heels – Target (Similar here) , Nail Polish – Nicole by OPI “Still Into Pink” and “Inner Sparkle”
Hey ladies, it’s Anna from Team LC. Whenever I’m looking to inject a little print action into my wardrobe, I always turn to stripes. Horizontal, vertical, wide, or thin, I’m utterly obsessed with the timeless appeal of a great stripe. In fact, imagining a wardrobe sans stripes is an absolute impossibility for me. Fashion icon, Barbie herself, made her debut wearing a strapless striped swimsuit in 1959, and well, if it’s good enough for Barbie, it’s good enough for me.
From Michael Kors to Oscar de la Renta, every top designer sent stripes down their spring 2013 runways. Marc Jacobs even created an entire collection full of stripes from high contrast bold lines to slim plaid prints, insuring that every fashion outlet took note of his favorite spring trend. To avoid the stress of “looking wide” in stripes, it’s important to not distort the shape of the line by skipping super fitted pieces. Thanks to a couple of fabulous UK perception experts, it’s been proven that horizontal stripes are actually more flattering to your figure than vertical stripes. If you’re overwhelmed by this linear design try opting for a dress or skirt with a stripe trim or try color blocking to achieve the lined look in a different way.
To nudge you towards this must-have style, I’ve pulled a few fabulous pieces to help persuade even the wariest stripe critic.
Thin stripes are the most classic of all stripe sizes making it the perfect print to invest in. The most popular color combo for thin stripes is blue and white, which I love pairing with red for a stylish nautical look.
If you’re a fan of mixing prints, medium stripes are the way to go. Try rocking a medium striped cupcake skirt paired with a thin striped tee for a visually appealing and super fun look. Lauren even incorporated a few medium striped pieces in her Spring 2013 collection, which I’m dying to add to my wardrobe.
Wide black and white stripes were the stand out in the spring 2013 runway shows, guaranteeing this high contrast statement style will be lining the racks of your favorite stores. To add a pop to your look, try rocking wide lines in a fresh color palette, like turquoise or nectarine.
Which stripe size are you planning to style into your spring wardrobe?
PS. For more striped outfit inspiration check out my closet full of stripes post here!