To this day, mum and grandma still believe that us curvier girls should not be sporting stripes because they make you look bigger than you actually are. If a year ago you told me that I would be head over heels for anything stripy, and I mean anything, I would have shrugged the comment off and called you mad. Now, tables have turned and I can’t get enough of this stuff.
Whilst shopping today on good old ASOS (they have a 50% off sale currently btw), I noticed a LOT of stripy camis, dresses and pants in sorts of weird and wonderful combinations and it hit me, STRIPES are definitely back and here to stay with us through spring and summer. It’s not been long at all that I've brought a simple yet cute stripe outfit to the blog (see S/S 2016 Trends: Stripes & Cropped Flares) and talked about how trendy this linear combination is. As spring/summer approaches, it is time so start considering new-season styles and if you too think stripes make you look larger and wider, think again as there are styles out there that are more than flattering to any body shape. Whether they are vertical, horizontal, or a mix-match of both, stripes are very in and the new collections both on high street and designer are bursting with seafaring stripes of all shapes and sizes, for ALL shapes and sizes. And what can I say, I am LOVING them hence the second stripy outfit of the season (and I'm sure I won't be stopping there).
This time round I chose an OFF SHOULDER top because not only were they key pieces last summer (see S/S 2015 Trends: Off-The-Shoulder Dress & S/S 2015 Trends: Wedding Guest Dress), they make stripes extremely versatile and easy to pull. The off shoulder look became ubiquitous on the spring/summer 2016 catwalks, from Proenza Schouler to Creatures of the Wind, and has now begun its high street ascent. They make me feel feminine and truly spring-ready.
The BUTTON-DOWN skirt has been on the scene since A/W 2015, thanks to the influence from the 70s, as denim being a must have in every girls wardrobe. A button-down denim skirt is not only a fashion item, but a wardrobe staple, being pretty much appropriate for any age and any season! I chose mine in a-line mid form for a very casual feel and polished off the look with white accents.