People might be intimidated by wearing striped tops, jeans, dresses, etc. Stripes have the reputation of making you look wider than you truly are. However, according to a style report on TLC, “A perception expert at the University of York in the U.K. found that when two women of the same size wore horizontally and vertically striped dresses, the woman wearing the horizontal stripes appeared thinner. These experiments were based on the Helmholtz square illusion, first created in the eighteenth century, and suggest that horizontal stripes may help slim the figure by creating a 3D effect and introducing depth.”
Check out a few easy ways to look great and feel confident wearing stripes!
1. Striped Jeans: Skinny jeans with vertical stripes will make you look slimmer and taller. Who wouldn't want that combination?! Black and white striped jeans will give you more of an edgy, punk look. If that's too much then opt for a girly, pastel color like blue or pink.
2. Boldly Striped Dresses: Striped dresses are sure to add a bit of fun to your wardrobe. Emerson Thorpe makes pretty and versatile striped dresses that can be worn so many different ways. Try a sleeveless striped maxi dress for the daytime or go for a striped bandage dress from Torn by Ronny Kobo for going out at night.
3. Striped Tees: There's no better way to make a casual outfit a little more exciting than with a striped tee. If you're in a hurry or need a go-to outfit, throw on a pair of your favorite skinny jeans with a slouchy, striped tee. Feel The Piece makes super comfortable and soft striped tops that have a relaxed silhouette, which makes them great for layering.
The bottom line is to have fun and carefree when you wear stripes. Don't be afraid to take risks! On that note, make sure to follow a few simple rules to keep from looking like a jailbird.