Jamie Chung’s stripe Alice + Olivia dress is perfect for spring functions! It’s cute, flirty, easy to wear and I am loving the pop of blue against the black and white dress. I replaced Jamie’s dress with a much more affordable one from Target for $29.99 (I own the one from Target and the red belt can easily be swapped out for a black one or no belt at all). Get Jamie’s look for less from Target, Zara and more.
Spring brings with it the chance to shed those winter coats and show off jumpers and T-shirts with plenty of colour – and there’s really no better way to do it than with stripes. Block colour has its place, but it’s so easy to overdo it with the brighter tones. Stripes allow you to splash in some colour while still looking understated – and they can also help your physique too.
Horizontal or vertical?
Ladies have much more choice when it comes to horizontal or vertical stripes; men’s stripey options are most of the time horizontal – probably because it’s so hard for a man to wear vertical stripes and not have it look at first glance like a football shirt. Horizontal stripes do have their uses though; men with thin frames will look wider with a horizontal stripe.
Thick or thin?
Bigger stripes tend to make a bolder statement than thinner ones, while ultra-fine ones will prevent those with a broader frame from looking too wide. Mixing fine and thick stripes is not often seen because it’s a difficult one to get right – mix in colour and it usually looks too busy, but when done well it can be an interesting look.
The top designers love stripes, and most have a range throwing together dark blues and whites or creams for a nautical look. It’s popular every spring and summer and that never looks like changing! Black and white as a combination is similarly timeless, but don’t be afraid of mixing colours; Original Penguin’s range shows that by offsetting the body stripes with block colour on the arms, or by using stripes only on the top half of a T-shirt, you can get away with combining some brighter colours -more than two, even – without being too flashy.
Gwen Stefani’s quirky style is always on point and ageless. I’m totally loving the striped asymetrical sweater, chocolate brown skinny jeans and funky yellow glasses! Tip: Stripes are my go-to pattern; so pair this one with floral pants or skirt for a touch of fun. You can wear the skinny jeans with anything…and color-crazy tops or neon heels would be a great trendy choice (check below for must have heels by Rachel Roy that would be a match made in heaven).
This skirt packs a whole lot of style for under $20! Love how the tulle gives a whimsical vibe to the sexy high-low skirt. Tip: Don’t be afraid to dress this skirt down by pairing it with flats and a tank or tee (or even a denim jacket). Conversely, don’t shy away from dressing things up and throw on your favorite sky-high heels for a night out on the town. The key is keep things simple; this skirt has enough personality on it own!