Stripes. They are supposed to be “on-trend” for Spring 2017. Frankly, I never knew they weren’t “on-trend”. I just thought some clothes had stripes and some didn’t. In fact, I remember a time not too long ago when most of the shirts in my closet were tees of varying sleeve lengths – all with a stripes somewhere. I even had a year where I vowed not to WEAR STRIPES.
But here we are in 2017 and I’m noticing all these wonderful ways to wear stripes other than a tee with horizontal stripes.
Enter my favorite fashion bloggers – all midlife women of various sizes and shapes. They know what looks good on them and why. They know how to shop. And they can find flattering clothes at any price point. I love them. I want to adopt them. I want them to go shopping for me (not with me – I don’t like to shop) and bring home a bunch of clothes that will fit and look good on me. But since that is unlikely to happen, I’ll continue to read their blogs for education and look at their beautiful photos for inspiration.
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Here are a couple of great looks from Jennifer at A Well-Styled Life.
“The gentle A-line shape flows over my midsection and drops to asymmetrical points at the side seams.”
I also like the panel at the waist with the vertical stripes. It accents her small waist and breaks up the horizontal design.
This is so stinkin’ cute! Look – she’s wearing horizontal stripes! That’s supposed to make you look bigger and be unflattering. But it’s all in the fit and tailoring of the garment. Here’s what Jennifer says about this piece:
“The tailoring is sleek; the thin stripes are fresh looking, and the zippers add detail at my waist.”
And on wearing items that are trendy when you are over 50:
“I never want to feel like mutton dressed as lamb. In my opinion that just looks sad. What I do like, is looking modern which helps me feel youthful. Here’s my Style Recipe™ for feeling youthful stylish after 50. Hint…it’s not wearing trends head to toe!”
She is so wise….
Here is Tania from 50 Is Not Old wearing horizontal stripes.
In this picture she wears a blazer with her horizontal striped tee that breaks up the pattern, creating a very flattering look. Tania’s long, gold necklace also adds length.
Tania gets the same effect here with a striped tee with side panels. And she mixes stripes with houndstooth. You know how mixing patterns freaks me out. I just never got the hang of it, but I LOVE Tania’s look here!
And Beth from Style At A Certain Age has the same look, but in more monochromatic colors. Just gorgeous.
And finally – two looks from Julia at When The Girls Rule. She’s one of my favorite new-to-me fashion bloggers. And every time I share the link to one of her posts, a billion of you click to see it, so I know you like her too! Julia is short, apple-shaped and large busted. Her blog is all about dressing in a way that makes you feel confident, no matter what your size or shape.
Here she wears a sweater that mixes horizontal and vertical stripes. It’s a bit asymmetrical, falling to a point on both sides. And the fit overall is just perfect. You know, fit really does make all the difference.
And here she is wearing a pencil skirt with the stripes on the bottom.
All kinds of ways to wear stripes without wearing them all over!
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You can always add stripes to your wardrobe with your purse or shoes.
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What is your favorite way to wear stripes?
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