I have a love and hate relationship with stripes. This has never been one of my favorite patterns to wear. It makes you look bigger and wider even if you haven’t had lunch yet! Though whenever I go to a boutique or the mall, I always end up buying a stripe shirt or stripe skirt. My favorite is a black and white striped skirt
I am doing my purging right now and I have just noticed that I did incur a lot of these designs over the past two years. Some of them worn once and never again after I have been told that I look like I gained weight while others were still in their original packaging.
The safest stripes that I have bought were my bags and underwear. LOL!
Instead of sending these stripes away, I thought of giving it one last try and searched the web for ways to wear this style.
Though not plus size, I decided to have a look on a few how-to articles for inspiration. Here are some of the points that I have picked up.
Vertical or Diagonal stripes
Once you pick or check for skirts or dresses with stripes, try to look for vertical stripes rather than the horizontal ones. This is so it gives the illusion of your height rather than your weight. As for the diagonal, they will not associate it with your hips because visually, they don’t see it that way.
If you will be wearing a black and white stripes skirt, wear a plain top and layer it up with say a jacket or coat that has a length just below your thighs. This is so that instead of them look as if it’s widening you up, it cuts that visual but rather outlines the curves of your body.
Highlight your features
If you are wearing a stripes skirt, try to get the one with the slit to break the stripes and they see your legs.
With all of these fashion inspiration, I am now enticed to get myself a new black and white stripes skirt. I found these cute skirts here on this cool shopping app! Check out Resultly here. ASOS and Forever 21 also had some cool ones too.Both sites have it in long, midi and mini, take your pick.
To inspire me even more, I have checked on how celebrities wear these skirts. Beyonce strutted the skirt with style. The stripes on her skirt are not the same size as her top. All the more, she also followed the rule of highlighting your features because she wore fuchsia-colored pumps to complete her look and compliment her legs and booty. The entire outfit kind of played with the human eye and it worked because I also got distracted with her shoes.
Another celeb inspiration is Jessica Biel. She was actually wearing stripes over stripes over denim – simple and casual.
Since I have these inspirations, let me go back to my purging, save these skirts and my stripes too.