This season stripes are making fashionable ripples across global runways once again. Infusing a whiff of freshness in the grey wintry palettes of the past season, spring-summer collections this year are all about ‘striping’ it up – structured or asymmetric, bold or patterned or monochromatic – add a ‘striped’ piece to your everyday wear and turn it around into a fashionable staple. Here are some ideas to ‘stripe-up’ right.
Folks, it is time to pull out that vintage striped pant suit from your closet and don it like a fashionista by simply combining it with a colourful tee (or a single coloured tee if your pant suit is coloured) and team it up with a pair of sneakers.
Wait, there’s more. If you find yourself bored of your monochromatic work closet, find pinstripes to your rescue this season. Combine the slimming power of vertical stripes in your pant suit with a crisp white ruffled shirt and a pair of mules for a smart business ‘casual’ look. Heading out for a party after work? Simply replace the shirt with a fitted crop top and trade the mules for a pair of dressy heels and let everyone marvel at the transformation!
Dress up the ‘dress’
Opt for a chic pin striped tunic and throw in a pair of mules and your favourite clutch for an instant fashion update. You could also try a relaxed fit and a combination of multi-coloured vertical and horizontal stripes in asymmetric patterns. Also, if stripes on your dress are not your thing, put that old pinstriped blazer to good use by wearing it over a plain dress or a jumpsuit, an easy-breezy way to get fashionable in a jiffy.
Layering up with blazers
Blazers no longer need to be conservative and reserved for boardrooms. From pinstripes to diagonal stripes to kimono sleeves, ruffled details and puffed-up shoulders, blazers have become a must-have item in every fashionista’s wardrobe.
So, notch up your style on a lazy Sunday morning by simply adding a striped blazer to your favourite vest and a pair of distressed jeans. Complete the look with a smart tote, suave sunglasses and a comfortable pair of sneakers or heels, as you please. With pinstripes essentially being a professional design, it goes without saying that layering your work wear and even evening dresses with a formal pinstripe blazer is ‘oh so hot!’
Stripes at work
When choosing to wear stripes to work, keep it simple by letting stripes be the focal point of your outfit and sticking to subtle and elegant accessories that don’t clutter the outfit. For a trendy semi-formal look, team a striped top with slim trousers, a plain jacket and a pair of slip-ons. For a more formal look, you could opt for a plain shirt with pinstriped trousers or a skirt or even head-to-toe stripes in a monochromatic pinstriped pant suit with minimal accessories.
Choosing long vertical stripes for your trousers or skirts or opting for narrow horizontal stripes in your top with plain trousers can help you look taller as well as slimmer. However, stay away from mixing vertical and horizontal stripes in work-wear for a neat and professional look.
WM Tip: Long vertical stripes create an illusion of height while both vertical and narrow horizontal stripes make you appear slimmer.
While stripes provide an easy fashion update for every wardrobe, wearing stripes on stripes is not for the faint-hearted. If not carefully styled, it is easy to make a faux pas while putting together this ‘straight-off-the-ramp’ look.For starters, get trendy by coupling a striped-tee with a cool striped blazer. If you feel bold enough go with symmetrically striped co-ordinates for a structured silhouette. You could opt for a tailored top and cropped trousers or mix a casual top with a flowy skirt.
For starters, get trendy by coupling a striped-tee with a cool striped blazer. If you feel bold enough go with symmetrically striped co-ordinates for a structured silhouette. You could opt for a tailored top and cropped trousers or mix a casual top with a flowy skirt.
WM Tip: For a slimming silhouette choose narrow stripes on the top and thicker stripes on the bottom when wearing stripes in a single colour.
Wide leg trousers
Of late, several celebrities have ditched skin-fitted trousers for high-waist wide-legged ones, mostly teamed with crop tops. No surprise then that the hottest fashion trend this season combines stripes and wide-legged trousers into one single piece of chic clothing that will instantly transform you into a style diva.
For a casual yet dressy look, opt for a flat-fronted pair with a high-waist and a tucked-in loose blouse with strappy flats to complete the look. For a dressy look, throw in a glamorous cropped jacket or a silk camisole and trade the flats for a pair of metallic pumps.