I don’t pay a lot of attention to fashion “rules.” But, I am aware of their existence and sometimes find them irritating. One rule, in particular, has always kind of niggled at me. The rule that says if you’re plus-sized, you shouldn’t wear horizontal stripes. I think it bothers me because it doesn’t tell the whole story. Not all stripes are unflattering and I believe that anyone can wear stripes as long as they are the right type of stripes.
This dress? It’s definitely the right type of stripes:
Yes, they are horizontal, but they’re fairly thin, which makes them almost flattering. Well, you know, as flattering as a horizontal stripe can be.
More importantly, they’re the right kind of stripe on the right type of dress. The skirt drapes over the hips and the tummy and the thighs, cajoling even the most horizontal of stripes into a softer, more figure-flattering line.
Today I wore the dress (Old Navy) layered underneath a jacket (thrifted via Goodwill). I added a thin belt (Macy’s), a pair of black and bronze sandals (Arturo Chiang “Gessika” via Piperlime) and a vintage lion brooch.
These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago before the weather got warm, so the layers keep you from getting the full effect of how non-terrible these stripes are. But, trust me, regardless of your build, horizontal stripes do not need to be banned from your wardrobe.
Shop the Look:
Exact Old Navy dress (Tall available)
Exact Arturo Chiang sandals
Exact vintage brooch
Similar cargo jacket