Timeless. That’s a one-word explanation for stripes. Season, occasion, or age; nothing matters when it comes to wearing this classic and the most versatile pattern. But styling stripes can be a tricky task as it is also considered one of the most challenging patterns to pair. There are no hard rules when it comes to wearing stripes. Yes, you can wear horizontal stripes too. But, there are certain suggestions one can follow to pair this pattern flawlessly.
So, here’s what you have to do for pairing the striped clothes perfectly.
1. FOR BEGINNERS
Pair a pinstriped top or shirt with a plain bottom
If you’re feeling naive about wearing striped clothes, go for pinstripes. These extremely narrow vertical stripes create a very subtle pattern that looks more-or-less solid and keeps the width of your overall silhouette in check.
Shop at Myntra | MANGO Blue Striped Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this shirt with navy blue trousers and white sneakers.
Choose an item which has lesser stripes
Picking a solid piece with partial stripes is another great way to start up. It can be anything from having a few fine stripes in the midsection to a couple of broad strips on sleeve ends. The whole point here is to have noticing stripes which are less in number.
Shop at Myntra | Esprit Navy Blue Striped T-Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this t-shirt with a blue solid coat and blue jeans.
Choose a classic Breton top
It is said that no one can go wrong with a classic Breton top. Breton top has horizontal blue and white stripes and can be worn with or without layering, effortlessly. For perfect even-toned silhouettes, pair the Breton top with blue-coloured bottoms.
Shop at Myntra | Esprit Blue Striped T-Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this t-shirt with a blue checked coat and navy blue culottes.
2. FOR INTERMEDIATES
Include a touch of embroidery or embellishment
If you want to step out from the safe zone and add more fun to your stripe pairing, pick the striped pieces that have subtle embroidery or embellishments attached to them.
Shop at Myntra | Forever 21 Blue Striped Off-Shoulder Top
Complete the look by pairing this top with white trousers and brown sandals.
Pick a striped piece for layering
Layering a vertically striped piece adds length to your silhouette and makes you look slimmer. Make sure the piece you are choosing is neither too long nor too baggy.
Shop at Myntra | Marks & Spencer Navy Blue Striped Blazer
Complete the look by pairing this blazer with a maroon dress and black sandals.
Contrasting coloured stripes can widen the overall appearance. The best way out is to choose striped pieces whose colours are of the same colour family or similar tones. For example, blue and navy blue stripes will give a better sleek appearance than black and white stripes.
Shop at Myntra | Tommy Hilfiger Blue Striped T-Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this t-shirt with blue jeans and white sneakers.
Layer a solid piece over a striped piece
Horizontal stripes are infamous for adding volume to the silhouette and are considered a big no. But you can balance the horizontal stripes and minimize their widening effect by layering the outfit with a solid piece. For example, try layering a denim jacket over a striped dress. You will look chicer.
Shop at Myntra | UCB White Denim Jacket
Complete the look by pairing this jacket with a black striped dress and black sneakers.
3. FOR PROS
There can’t be anything more pro than pairing different patterns. Whether it’s wearing unidirectional vertical stripes from head-to-toe or breaking patterns by combining different patterns, every combination has its unique charm. Just keep your silhouette in mind while picking and choosing the right patterns.
For most engaging combinations, choose patterned pieces whose colors are of the same color family.
Pair vertical stripes with vertical stripes
Shop at Myntra | ONLY Navy Blue Striped Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this shirt with navy blue striped trousers and white sneakers.
Pair verticle stripes with horizontal stripes
Shop at Myntra | Dorothy Perkins Red Striped Top
Complete the look by pairing this top with navy blue striped trousers and white pumps.
Pair verticle stripes with diagonal stripes
Shop at Myntra | Dorothy Perkins Navy Blue Striped Shirt
Complete the look by pairing this shirt with a green striped skirt and maroon boots.
Pair verticle stripes with checks
Shop at Myntra | Dorothy Perkins White Striped Top
Complete the look by pairing this top with grey checked trousers and white sandals.
Layer vertical stripes on vertical stripes
Shop at Myntra | MANGO Blue Striped Trousers
Complete the look by pairing this blue striped trousers with a blue striped coat and cream top.
Break the patterns
Shop at Myntra | UCB Maroon Striped Blazer
Complete the look by pairing this blazer with a white striped shirt and beige trousers.
TWO THINGS WORTH REMEMBERING
1. Don’t wear horizontal stripes across the larger parts of the body
Stripes, like other patterns, draw attention. So, don’t wear horizontal stripes across the larger parts of your body. Horizontal stripes tend to make the part of the body they are on more broader and shorter.
2. Thinner vertical stripes make you look slimmer
Wearing narrower vertical stripes is more flattering as they lengthen the silhouette the most. Apart from wearing vertical stripes, here are more styling hacks you can follow to look slim instantly.
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by the author during Modstyl Internship Program and edited by Team Modstyl. The opinions expressed here are personal and bear no responsibility.