Sporting a stripe

Sporting a stripe

I am a HUGE fan of a stripe… I dress my kids, my home, me, in a stripe with frightening regularity! My favourite combination is with leopard print or camel…or both!

This Spring/summer it will be back in all its nautical glory as it is a fashion staple and one that is here to embrace. Stripes can come in all capacity.. and this season they are BOLD, often with thicker lines contrasting with a third skinnier stripe such as this one currently in River Island (£22.00)

Monochrome seems to be leading the way at the moment but as the new season hits the shops we will see everything in stripes from shirts to knee length pleats coming in candy stripes and bright hues.and bright hues….I  spotted this one from Whistles (£75)  and I love it…but sadly, for me it is not going to be my best option…as that is the crux of horizontal stripes…they are best suited to your narrow areas…

Even though we may want to follow fashion and embrace the stripe, we need to know our body shape before deciding how to wear it. See my tips below, before you invest.

Busty and curvy

Horizontal lines contribute to the feeling of width as the eye is drawn across the fabric – so not ideal. Why not wear a cardigan or jacket over the striped top so you see a pop of the stripe rather than the whole expanse and team with plain bottoms?


With your great figure you can go horizontal or vertical. Tight horizontal lines and thin stripes across the hips and bust will create shape and give the illusion of movement, as well as curves.

Alternate black and white blocks for instance will exaggerate where areas start and finish giving the impression of a little more curve.


Bets option is to draw attention to your top half. If you are also smaller in the bust, wear horizontal stripes on your top to draw the eye away from your wider lower half. Choosing plain skirts and trousers will also deflect attention.

Stripes will also broaden shoulders to balance out your hips.


The size of stripe you wear should ideally work with your scale (this is decided by your shoe size). You would be known as petite scale if you have a shoe size of 4 (37) or under.

You need to achieve harmony with your scale when you are wearing a stripe so don’t go too large or you will look overwhelmed and all we will see is the stripes and not you looking gorgeous!

So if you are not sure how to tackle the mesmerizing array of prints in the shops – take a graphic approach – stripes are one of the easiest ways to dip your toe into the trend…think French Riviera…bon chance!


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