From CollegeFashion: 4 Ways to Wear Stripes This Season

[The following is a guest post from our gal pals at CollegeFashion.net. They’re like college Rachel Zoe (with a little extra meat on their bones). Have you checked them out yet?!]

Stripes can be intimidating. They’re bold, they’re brazen and they can be a little difficult to wear. Some people fear that horizontal stripes make you look wider (totally not true!!) and they can be a little too bold for the wallflowers among us. So it’s understandable that some would be hesitant about them.

But stripes can also be fun and exciting, injecting a little bit of punk rock into an everyday outfit. Stripes were a big trend on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks, and they’re an easy way to get a next season feel right now. 

6 Tips and Tricks for Wearing Stripes:

1. Ignore the myth that horizontal stripes make you look wider.
Recent studies
have proved this to be false, so if this is the only thing making you put down that breton-striped top, your fears are unfounded!

2. The wider the stripe, the bolder the statement.
If you’re nervous about stripes, try pinstripes at first and then work your way up to wider stripes. Pinstripes are especially cute for business-casual wear and on shorts and trousers. They add a bit of flare to an otherwise-plain piece.

3. Pair stripes with a neutral if you want to play it safe.
If you’re a beginner with stripes, wear them with a block of color on your other half. A striped skirt with a plain top can look fab, as can a striped top with a plain skirt or jeans.

4. Black and white is classic, but don’t be afraid of other combinations.
Of course, you can go as bright or clashing as you like if you’re daring, but one brightly colored stripe next to a neutral stripe can look fantastic. I love camel with reds and blues, or grays and creams with reds or pinks.

5. To add fun to an otherwise-plain outfit, swap a block-color top for stripes.
This is the easiest way to add stripes to your wardrobe. Swap a plain tank for a striped one; also, a striped sweater or cardigan can add an interesting touch to a simple dress.

6. Stripes are a great base for experimenting with mixed prints.
I love to wear black and white stripes with florals or plaid. The stripes act like a neutral (in the same way that leopard print does) so they can go with anything in your closet.

Whew! Now that we’ve got all that out of they way, the stylists over at CollegeFashion have created four very different and very adorable looks to inspire us all.

Get your stripey on right here.

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