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Stripes have quite a reputation. From vertical making one appear thinner to zebra striped phone cases, we all know that there is little wrong one can do when wearing or accessorizing with striped fashion pieces. Today I want to take a minute to talk about my personal love of stripes and hand out some great tips on how to wear them and rock any look like Mademoiselle Chanel herself!

 

STRIPES: TIPS FOR LOOKING CHIC

But First, A Peek into the Past:

Stripes have been ruling the fashion world for more than 150 years. Interestingly, wearing stripes was once considered evil in the medieval times, sometimes even causing imprisonment or death sentence too! It was considered as the clothing to be worn only by the prostitutes, clowns, hangmen and prisoners (which, to date is still the uniform of many prisons). It was only in the mid-19th century that stripes began to entrance people and began to be accepted as a norm in clothing. The French navy men at that time sported a uniform consisting of 21 stripes, one stripe each for Napoleon’s victories. Stripes were often seen on swim suits and as fashion for young children.

Stripes made an appearance in the mainstream fashion after Coco Chanel, when on her trip to the French Rivera noticed the uniform of the marine workers and was mesmerized and inspired by these stripes. This was the beginning of the craze for stripes.

The 20th century saw all the who’s who of the performing fraternity adorning these adorable prints. Right from artists such as Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, actors like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to singers like John Lennon and Kurt Cobain. The stripes showed no gender discrimination and became a style staple for men and women alike.

 

Today, it is considered as a style staple, that is a ‘must-have’ clothing item in every wardrobe! It is seen as a ‘neutral’ print, that never goes out of style. It is most versatile as it doesn’t lose its elegance whether you combine it with stripes of different width, dots, floral prints or animal prints. They are the perfect partners for denims, leather, khakis, miniskirts, overalls, leggings…… the list and combinations are endless.

Here are 5 styles of wearing a blue and white long sleeved T-shirt that one can never go wrong with:

FOR WOMEN:

Teeming two different kinds of strips over a pair of distressed jeans and a bright red bag as an accessory or even the red nail paint give a perfect laid back look for the weekend.

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JacketTopJeansNail ColorBagFlats

A colorfully striped top paired with skin tight jeans could make you the cause of envy for looking so casual and chic at the same time. Pair it with a chunky necklace a d sky heels for maximum impact.

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Button Down TopChain NecklaceFringe Stiletto SandalsSkinny Jeans

Nothing can beat the comfort of stripes worn over cropped denims and sliding into a pair of glam Chuck Taylor’s spells style and comfort in the same breath.

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Sequined SweaterCropped JeansSequined Chunks

Pair the tee up with a printed miniskirt and you are well prepared to combat the summers with sophistication and elegance. Match this look with a pair of gladiator sandals and a hobo bag for a classic look.

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Crossover SkirtGladiator SandalsHobo BagTop

Make heads turn with the most fall appropriate ensemble, a camel colored trench style coat paired with a stunning sweater dress and adorable booties, and sail through fall!

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CoatBootiesSweater Dress

Stripes can be pretty amazing as a featured piece of clothing or as an accessory to make good outfit great. Tell me your thoughts, do you wear stripes? What’s your favorite way to accessories or pair stripes in your favorite looks?

This fashion print is most versatile as it doesn’t lose its elegance even when you combine it with other style prints. It is the perfect partner for denims, leather, khakis, miniskirts, overalls, leggings…… the list and combinations are endless.

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