Stripes are featured on catwalks and in High Street stores season after season. Why? They have a timeless appeal to them whilst also feeling fresh and modern. It’s highly likely that many of you will already have a stripe or two in your wardrobe.
There is a way to wear stripes to suit all body shapes, just read on to find out how to wear yours…
Straight body shapes
If you have a straight body shape (for example, a lean column or rectangle body shape). Then stripes were made for you! The clean, straight lines of your figure lend themselves perfectly to wearing stripes.
For those of you with a rectangle body shape, vertical stripes will look great. If you have a Lean Column body shape then have a play around; mix stripes with other patterns or perhaps look at wearing a combination of horizontal and vertical stripes to create the illusion of curves.
Triangle or inverted triangle
If you wear different sizes on your top and bottom halves then stripes can work wonders to balance out your proportions.
If you have a Triangle body shape then wear horizontal stripes on your top half. This will balance out your figure and draw the attention upwards.
For those of you with an Inverted Triangle body shape, you want to wear your stripes on your bottom half. Horizontal, or vertical, the choice is yours. A striped skirt with a little fullness will even out your proportions beautifully whilst also showing off a slim waist.
Curvy body shape
For those of you with curvaceous figures, stripes can be trickier to wear.
If you have an Oval body shape choose stripes that are soft, tonal or faded. If you have a Full Hourglass figure we recommend avoiding stripes altogether; they will have to do a detour around your gorgeous curves! We advise opting for a pattern that complements your body shape better (for example, florals would be a great alternative). You could also add a stripey accessory (for example, a scarf or bag) to add a little interest to your look.
Petite or Grand scale
Be sure to select stripes that complement your size.
If you’re petite, thinner stripes will work best as they won’t overwhelm you’re frame.
If you’re grand in scale (5 foot 7 or taller) then make a statement with bold stripes!
How should I wear my stripes?
Not sure? A one-to-one style consultation will tell you everything you need to know about how to wear different patterns, styles and fabrics to suit your body shape.
Get in touch today to book in for a colour, style or full image makeover session. Shan.Williams@charismaeffect.co.uk