How To Wear Stripes Without Looking Wide

How To Wear Stripes Without Looking Wide
Last week I shared my striped dress from Downeast with you. I love stripes and they are a fashion trend right now.

It's All About the Stripes

After I shared my dress, someone commented with this question: (yes I do read all your comments!)

What is your thought on stripes for us, um, not so small gals?

Stripes can be tricky. As a general rule, I will stay away from them on the lower part of my body because that’s my widest part. But there are some rules that can help us all wear them, whether we’re petite or larger boned.

  • The wider the horizontal, the more your eye will slow down and focus on it. Which means it can make you look wider and for most of us that’s not a good thing.
  • The narrower the stripe, the harder it is for our eye to focus on one line. So narrow horizontals actually start working like verticals, moving the eye up and down, rather than side to side. This is a good thing!
  • Avoid wearing a striped shirt or blouse with a similarly striped pair of pants. As much as possible, striped tops must be paired with non-striped neutral-colored pants or striped skirts must be paired with neutral-colored tops.

So if you love stripes but don’t want to add width to your body, stick with narrow stripes. The jacket below is a great way to add stripes if you’re lower body is wide. The striped skirt is cute but would definitely add width and weight to my lower body, I would never wear it.

How to wear stripes without looking wide

If you love stripes but don’t think you look good in them, add them with accessories like this nautical purse.

I hope this has answered the question about wearing stripes. Vertical stripes work the same way but can be more slenderizing.

Are you adding stripes to your spring wardrobe? How do you wear them?

Beauty For the Heart~~It’s a new week! I’m sure, like me, you have a busy week ahead of you. But let’s start it with scripture that will encourage and strengthen us.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-4

Have a blessed day!

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