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 a small guidebook about pairing the striped clothes perfectly.
1. 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 The Look | Mango Blue Striped Shirt (Image – Myntra) + Navy Blue Trousers + White Sneakers
2. 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 strips 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 The Look | Blue Coat + Esprit Navy Blue Striped T-Shirt (Image – Myntra) + Blue Jeans + White Sneakers
3. 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 The Look | Blue Coat + Esprit Blue Striped T-Shirt (Image – Myntra) + Navy Blue Culottes + Red Sandals
1. HAVE 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 The Look | Forever 21 Blue Striped Off-Shoulder Top (Image – Myntra) + White Trousers + Brown Sandals
2. 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 The Look | Marks & Spencer Navy Blue Red Striped Blazer (Image – Myntra) + Marron Dress + Black Sandals
3. GO MONOCHROMATIC
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 The Look | United Colors of Benetton Blue Striped Top (Image – Jabong) + Blue Jeans + Black Pumps
4. LAYER A STRIPED PIECE WITH A SOLID 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. Period.
Shop The Look | United Colors of Benetton White Denim Jacket (Image – Myntra) + Black Striped Dress + Black Sneakers
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 or similar tones.
1. VERTICAL STRIPES + VERTICAL STRIPES
Shop The Look | ONLY Navy Blue Striped Shirt (Image – Myntra) + Navy Blue Striped Trousers + White Sneakers
2. VERTICAL STRIPES + HORIZONTAL STRIPES
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins Red Striped Top (Image – Myntra) + Navy Blue Striped Trousers + White Pumps
3. VERTICAL STRIPES + DIAGONAL STRIPES
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins Navy Blue Striped Shirt (Image – Myntra) + Green Striped Skirt + Maroon Boots
4. VERTICAL STRIPES + CHECKS
Shop The Look | Dorothy Perkins White Striped Top (Image – Myntra) + Grey Checked Trousers + White Sandals + White Sling Bag
5. UNIDIRECTIONAL LAYERING – VERTICAL ON VERTICAL
Shop The Look | Blue Striped Coat + Cream Striped Top + Mango Blue Striped Trousers (Image – Myntra) + Nude Flats
6. BREAK THE PATTERNS
Shop The Look | Maroon Striped Blazer (Image – Myntra) + White Striped Top + Beige Trousers + Tan Pumps
TWO THINGS TO REMEMBER
1. DON’T WEAR HORIZONTAL STRIPES ACROSS LARGER PARTS OF 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.