There are a lot of opinions out there about who should wear stripes and what types of clothing should incorporate stripes. It seems that designers chose to throw a lot of those “rules” out the window with this year’s spring and summer fashions. Bright stripes were everywhere on the runways and you should make room for them in your closet as well.
Conventional wisdom says that stripes should only come in basic primary colors like red and blue. Today’s styles prove that wisdom false. Simple red and blue striped shirts or dresses pair well with a classic blazer or cardigan, but there is no reason to stick to these muted color choices. Bright stripes are more and more common in fashion just as bright colors in general are more popular. Bright pinks and yellows are especially popular this season. Color blocking is also very popular with designers these days and that trend comes through in pieces with brightly colored stripes.
Another piece of advice that women hear about stripes is that wide stripes make you look fat and you should only wear horizontal stripes if they are thin. There have been several studies about this opinion and unfortunately, experts can’t seem to agree. Some say that wide horizontal stripes are alright as long as the light part of the striped pattern or the widest part of the striped pattern is not across the tightest part of the body like the hips or bust. Bright stripes are also another thing that fuller figured women should stay away from so that they do not draw attention to parts of their body that might not be flattering. Others say that you should only wear horizontal stripes on the top of your body if you are short. The bottom line is that any woman should wear what makes them feel good. If you like bright colors and an article of clothing feels good, then you should wear bright stripes.
A Breton striped shirt is a light colored top with thin blue sailor like stripes. The style gets its inspiration from the old French Navy uniform. A Breton stripe top is a closet staple that every woman should have and they are still prevalent on designer runways.
Stripes As Geometric Prints
But, Breton stripes are not the only option anymore. You can feel free to expand into wider and more interesting stripes now. As previously discussed, color blocking is very popular as well as deconstructed looks. When you combine these two trends, you can get some interesting geometric prints with stripes in all directions like the look below.