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Stripes: A Fashion Favourite!

 

Stripes are hot and happening…again! Season after season, stripes have held their place as one of the favourite choices of renowned designers across the world. Spring-Summer 2012 is going to be no different with timeless stripes expected on dresses, skirts, blouses, handbags, shoes and much more!

Stripes made an entry into the fashion world in the form of nautical stripes in navy blue and white, inspired by the uniforms of French soldiers. Today, you can find this patterned fashion favourite as a preferred design feature in a wide variety of clothes, footwear and accessories.

Edgy, sporty, saccharine, preppy – stripes are rife with uique style possibilities. Wear your stripes your way! Here are some tips on how to wear them neat.

Strikingly simple

casual stripes ensemble

One of the basic rules is to start with thin stripes when in doubt. It is okay to go with horizontal stripes – the theory that they make you look wider is now considered a myth!  Striped tops like the Twist & Tango one with a scoop neckline, are great for a casual look this spring! Red bottoms with striped tops are a rage right now. Your stripe cotton tops should be paired with single tone shorts or skinny trousers like this one from Zara.  Make sure you accessorise with neutral tones. Seen here are a brown casual Lino Perros bag from Myntra and  a beige casual shoe from Catwalk, under the Mary Janes variety. To complete your trendy look in stripes, do not forget the bling! Check out this coffee brown steel necklace from United Colors of Benetton

The breeze on the beach

A bolder stripe sleeveless dress is simply great for outings. Seen here is a beach dress which features navy stripes interspersed with black. An over-sized bag and wide framed sunglasses, like this one from Oakley, would look fab as you head out this spring-summer season! Top it off with an elegant straw hat and a cute pair of casual slippers like the one shown here from Enroute.

Stripes aren’t static!

Stripes needn’t always be horizontal or restricted to tops or T-shirts. Vertical pinstripe shirts look great on men, for both formal and casual wear. Women can get experimental and try out stripe skirts, jackets or cardigans.

Accessorise!

Stripes in accessories look as good as those in apparel. Make a smashing style statement with striped accessories. You can find stylish options in  striped scarves, handbags, flip-flops and more! Team up your striped accessories with apparel in neutral tones to complete that suave look.

Show the world what true style is made of! The next time you step you, make sure you make that strikingly smart impression in stripes!

For more cool stuff on clothes, shoes and accessories you can even check out these blogs:

– Aarthi Nandakumar @ Myntra

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