Ahhhh stripes. I love them!
Sadly, lots of ladies avoid horizontal stripes, my very favourite kind, in fear of their widening properties. So I was really excited when my husband told me about a recent study by Val Watham disputing the fact that horizontal stripes make you look wider. In fact, wearing horizontal stripes on your top half can actually help balance out a larger bottom half. Now, I’m no scientist, so if you’re interested in the facts behind these claims please check out the article here, or just check out this picture below which demonstrates the point perfectly;
Here are some tips for wearing stripes;
- As with all your clothes make sure your stripes are well cut and flattering. Keep your stripes loose over any lumps and bumps, skin tight stripes, on your top or bottom half are never going to look good.
- Stripes are great for layering; break up a stripe top up with a blazer, cardigan or scarf.
- Be bold and go for a print clash (see my blog here) and mix your stripes with a tonal floral or polka dot print.
- If you are still a little frightened keep your eye out for a striped scarf, it will add a touch of Parisian cool to a plain shirt.
|denim shirt by Topshop buy it here / stripe skirt by Banana Republic buy it here / tan wedges by Dune.|
In an attempt to prove my point, I've been really brave today and am wearing my stripes on my hips. My skirt is from Banana Republic and is a fairly thick ponte knit fabric (similar to a thick jersey) which skims over my hips, rather than hug them.
What do you think? Horizontal stripes, love 'em or leave 'em?