Lisa popped a question about styling stripes in unusual ways into the Suggestion Box, and as a bona-fide stripe addict, I’m thrilled to tackle it!
Although I don’t mix prints as often as I used to, the pairing I feel most comfortable wearing is definitely stripes and florals. Make sure that both patterns include a common, dominant color so the mix appears cohesive. (In this case, both contain black.) If possible add another, solid item that draws out a color from one pattern or another. (In this case, the shoes and belt.)
As outer layers
The classic is a simple, boat necked, Breton top. But stripes are showing up in cardigans, coats, blazers, and other outer layers and can make fabulous toppers. If you fear the potential figure-widening properties of horizontal stripes – which are grossly exaggerated, in my opinion – picking a striped top layer can allow you to cinch or otherwise accentuate a slimmer-fitting inner layer.
With serious jewelry
If print mixes feel too overwhelming but you’d like to try something bolder than a striped top and solid cardigan, try a big, chunky necklace or two. You can pick up a color within the striped pattern or stick to clear stones and classic metals, or go even bolder with a contrasting color.
With tough accents
Stripes are typically considered a preppy staple, but they’re sliding quickly into neutral territory which means that they can play nicely off of other style genres. Try some tough boots, a motorcycle jacket, or big bold chain necklaces with your stripes.
If striped garments feel too bold, consider accessories. OK, I know that striped tights are still pretty durned bold, but there are plenty of other options: Scarves, hats, socks, even handbags can bring some stripy goodness into your life!
Originally posted 2012-04-24 06:04:45.