STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Bold Stripes and Style

Pinstripes, wide stripes, bold stripes, bright stripes…Stripes of all types tend to be one of the most popular trends during the late spring and summer seasons of each year. And although they’re most commonly associated with a nautical appearance, stripes have been seen in various colors and styles on everything from shirts, skirts and dresses to shoes and even accessories.

Take this week's Fashionista, for example. The knit texture of her olive green and beige striped, high-waist pencil skirt gives her a casual, laid-back look. However, by pairing it with a fitted beige tank and embellished, bohemian inspired wedges she creates an outfit that’s not only trendy for the summer season, but perfect for almost any occasion – day or night.

For a look similar to this Fashionista, try pairing a super edgy black and beige zigzag pencil skirt with a fitted black tank and earthy, embellished straw and feather wedges. It's a great summer night out look!

Or, if you’re like me and pencil skirts are not a flattering look for your figure, try a high-waist A-line skirt. Because the stripes of this skirt are diagonal, they'll tend to provide a slimming effect, whereas horizontal stripes typically do not. The subtle blue, cream and red colors of the skirt make for a nautical inspired look, which I previously mentioned tends to happen with striped apparel. Pair with a cream colored tank and striped nautical wedges, you'll be ready for a stroll by the beach in no time! 

To avoid going overboard with a striped ensemble, pair the striped item with a solid. For example, if you have a striped top, pair with skinny jeans or shorts and flats. Or, if you have a striped skirt like this weeks' Fashionista, pair it with a solid top, as I described above. 

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