It's simple, classic, it goes with everything and it has panache.
How do I know which striped top to buy?
Once again you want this to fit nicely, not too baggy, not too tight. There should be no pulling across the chest and no blukiness through the back. The length should be right around your hips.
The neckline is important. A boat neck is classic but does not elongate the body and is harder to layer another shirt underneath. A v-neck will elongate the body and is easy for layering.
Sleeve length is really up to you. If you plan on layering this under other pieces consider getting some kind of sleeve. A 3/4 length sleeve is sexy and still covers your upper arms.
Navy and white or black and white would be the best choices for colours. If you have a navy blazer or suit then get the navy. If you have more black in your wardrobe get the black and white version.
Does the size of the stripes make a difference?
Yes! If you get stripes that are too large they will make you look larger. This is great if you are thin and trying to add some visual weight to your body.
The smaller the stripe, the easier it is to wear for all body types. A small stripe will read as a texture to the eyes and will look like a solid, breaking up the body less.
Here are some of my ideas on how to wear a striped top
Red Tag Chic Los Angeles says
Stripes are fun & so classic but can really be tricky to the figure….thanks for your helpful tips Suzanne!!
Really good article here! I love the last look with that skirt and jacket. So rocker and so cute.
Kate from Clear the Way
Thanks Rebecca : ) I never wore stripes before at all thinking they would make me look big as a house. Now after realizing the trick about having thinner stripes I love them.
Thanks for popping by Kate.
I know…that looks like it would be so fun to wear.
Love your Metallica look.
Yes,yes, yes! I wear my breton stripe shirt ALL the time (unfortunately after two years, I may have to start looking for another; it isn’t holding its shape as well.)
Great advice and writing, Suzanne.