French women know stripes should be neutral in our closet. A classic pattern that suits everyone. Either a horizontal or vertical. Stripes are everywhere and on everyone this season. Especially in Paris. And yes, on me too. In fact, I won the game of stripes twice in a row.
I’m sure you have this picture of people dressed in a striped pullover when thinking of French people. And you are right. Stripes are so French. At least this season. This month in particular, when fashionistas are in town.
Honestly, I have never worn horizontal stripes before. You could have seen me wearing vertical stripes in my previous post on elevated shirting and on my Instagram. But when it comes to the horizontal stripes, I can only say: Fashion God forbade the horizontal stripes, that easily overwhelm us. And ruin our figure. Making us look fat or at least disproportional.
However, while in Paris, I spotted this beautiful striped pullover, that made me change my mind over the horizontal stripes. So here I am standing in the rain, on the slippery black and white cubes, holding an umbrella in one hand and iPhone in the other, trying to look good and not to freeze while taking this photos.
*Surely, I had to move inside the gallery after a while. Still, you can find more photos of me standing on these black and white columns over here.
MY FRENCH OUTFIT
Despite the stripes and brown boots, I can’t actually say I’m dressed like a French this time. As I certainly gave a twist to this French natural pattern. I decided to go black and white instead of French blue and white this time. And decided to wear the classic French striped pullover with a fringed tweed mini skirt, an ivory double breasted coat and brown over the knee boots. And the fishnet tights, which are as you already know a fashion must, to wear now. Almost forgot to mention, I’m wearing a sheer black blouse underneath the striped pullover.
Obviously, I couldn’t be without an umbrella this time. So I made sure it doesn’t overrule my entire outfit. On the other hand, I let the bag and the gloves take some of the spotlights. How not, too. As they both come in pink, which happens to be the colour to wear now. Surely, I would prefer to wear pastel pink bag and gloves, but somehow they haven’t found the place in my closet yet.
You can shop my style from the gallery bellow. Also, find some chic crop striped sweaters to wear now in the bottom. Ps. As spring is coming to the town, you might want to swap the wool coat for a trench coat or chic parka.
HOW TO WEAR STRIPES NOW
As I said before, I used to keep a distance from the horizontal lines before. For sure, they are not easy to style. There are few tricks how to rule in the horizontal stripes, though. I decided to go for a short and extremely wide horizontal striped pullover and wear it with a faux wrapped mini skirt this time. I wonder how this pullover will work with a midi skirt. But we will have to wait till next time. I will probably wear it to my first spring picnic next Friday.
Anyway, back to the style tricks. So my fashion advice number one, when it comes to styling the horizontal stripes, is to wear them on a short pullover. Make sure your top or pullover is not wide if you want to look slim. Or copy my style, and wear a wide horizontally striped pullover with a wrapped mini. Yes, it has to be a mini, and it has to be wrapped. Or at least it has to look as it is wrapped, if not both. The thing is, that it has to point down and make you look taller. Well, to be honest, it has to make you look normal. As the horizontal stripes will take away some of your height and add you some pounds. Even better, if your wrapped mini has some stripes, too.
Finally, check this cool striped sweaters in a gallery bellow.
MORE ON HOW TO WEAR STRIPES AND FOR MORE FASHION INSPIRATION
The stripes are so on right now. To put it short, you can’t claim being stylish and fashionable without wearing this striped pattern. If only it weren’t so easy to cross the fashion border and turn your outfit to a faux pas, right? Don’t worry, I will show you how to win the game of this striped fashion trend. Vertical and horizontal. Top and bottom. I promise to cover it all in one of my next blog posts. Meanwhile, follow me on Instagram, to make sure you are the first one to see all the different ways I wear striped clothes.
Ps. You can download, pin or print the fashion edit from above. And have your fashion cheat sheet on how to wear stripes right in front of you when you fancy wearing some stripes. Also, read some funny details on behind of the scenes of this blogpost over here in Slippery Black and White Striped Cubes and Clothes.