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April 27th, 2009

Ahoy, Spring: Tips for Sporting Stripes

Tina by PareAs the UK’s Journal writer Liz Lamb highlights today, spring and summer designs usually include a touch of the nautical.  Stripes, bows, and funny little hats are as refreshing as the sea breezes, and such styles can definitely revive your wardrobe like a spell at the sea revived English sickies in the days of yore.  When incorporating eye-catching stripes in your ensembles, here are a few points to keep in mind:

  • Practice Stripe Moderation. Stripes are quite bold, so they should be used sparingly.  A stripey piece or two is usually enough–don’t go overboard.  (Har de har har.)
  • Stripe, Meet Solid. One way to balance stripes is to pair them with a block color.  Liz Lamb recommends pairing a striped t-shirt with jeans, or a vertically striped skirt with a solid top.
  • Vertical Stripes are Slimming. Maybe your Mom’s already hammered this rule into your head, but just in case… avoid horizontal stripes unless want to highlight a certain area.  If you’d like your hips to seem a little wider, slap some horizontal stripes there.  Otherwise, opt for vertical stripes, or flashes of stripes in small doses.

Stripey shoes are my favorite way to express my inner sailor (or pirate!).  In addition to the pair of Tina espadrilles by Pare shown above, I’ve gathered a few stripey Shoefly styles for your perusal.  Enjoy, matey!

Bradshaw by Pink Studio

Karrie by Nude

Karrie by Nude

London by Pink Studio

London by Pink Studio


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