Stripes for summer are the ideal combination of black and white. Even if you are a fully fledged black outfit aficionado, wearing black in the height of summer can feel a little odd. Not that there is anything wrong with wearing black in the summer time, but should you want to steer your style into new realms for the warmer weather, stripes are an ideal solution! Over recent weeks I’ve noticed that I’ve established some sort of obsession with horizontal stripes. So much so that when it’s laundry time, all you see on my washing rack are stripes! But you can never have too many stripes, right?!
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Why Stripes Work Well for Summer
Monochrome stripes or navy and white nautical stripes are an excellent summer pattern choice for many skin tones, but especially for those from the winter colour palette. My personal skin tone falls neatly within the winter category, therefore black and white is a well suited colour combination for my complexion. It’s striking, clear and vivid. Not every skin tone type can handle the crispness of pure white or the boldness of true black. This is why striped garments are a very clever alternative. Stripes are far more forgiving than wearing block colours on their own, and the chic pairing of dark and light shades make them highly wearable during the summer months.
I spent about 10 years of my adult life wearing bright tones and patterns for spring/summer, but over the past two years I’ve preferred a simpler palette for my summer wardrobe. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed my love for nautical prints and style simplicity of late. There is no particular reason for it, I just like to wear what I feel like wearing at the time because fashion is more fun that way!
How I’ve Been Wearing Stripes for Summer…
This week I teamed a peasant blouse with a pair of distressed jeans. The light denim and dominant white in the blouse is a more suitable way to wear jeans at this time of year. The stripes in the strap dress can be slightly overpowering at times and it can leave me feeling a little bored of the dress. By wearing a black collared t-shirt over the dress, the dress doubles up as a dress and a skirt, offering stylish versatility. I also teamed a pair of cropped white jeans with a black top with thin white stripes to create a more varied version of traditional black and white. All these looks were perfected by my new favourite nude lip colour.
Top Tips on How to Wear Stripes Successfully
Horizontal or vertical stripes? How thick or thin should the stripes be? It’s a little known fact that horizontal stripes will make you appear fuller, whereas vertical stripes will make you appear smaller. But you shouldn’t get too hung up on this rule. An additional contributing factor to how flattering stripes will appear on you, is the spacing and size of the stripes. Narrow stripes that are closer together are more likely to highlight flaws in comparison to chunkier stripes, spaced wider apart. Additionally, stripes are less forgiving when the dominant colour is the lighter tone. It’s never a good idea to mix vertical and horizontal stripes together. Bold colours look wonderful when worn with striped prints, or team your striped garment with another garment in one of the same colours.
You may also like this blog post with red and white stripes by Lifestyle Fifty here.
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