Know Your Stripes

The must-have print of the summer is stripes. From vertical to horizontal, designers like Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Ralph Lauren embraced the graphic pattern in the Spring 2016 collections.  Whether you want to go for a nautical feel or just add some pattern to your outfit, you should know the rules of stripes. Vertical stripes work in your advantage to elongate your body. Horizontal stripes tend to make you look wider, which can be tricky.
 
Here are tips to pick the right stripes for your body:
 
Hourglass
If your hips and shoulders are equally proportionate and you have a small waist, you are hourglass shaped. Lucky for you, you have the easiest time finding stripes that work for your body. Ultimately, you always want to emphasize your little waist and horizontal stripes best compliment your curves.
Heart Shaped
If your shoulders are wider than your hips and thighs, you have a heart shape. Due to having more volume on the top half of your body, you want to avoid horizontally striped tops. Opt for vertical stripes to create the impression illusion of length. For the lower half of your body, you can totally go for horizontal stripes because it will balance out your torso.
 
Pear Shaped
If you have a smaller bust, narrow shoulders and you are curvy in your hips as well as thighs, this is defined as pear shaped. You want to aim for thicker horizontal stripes when shopping for tops. For your bottoms, you should go for vertical stripes to give your legs more length.
 
Boyish Shaped
If you do not have any curves in a concentrated area, this is described as a boyish shaped. Stripes can actually create curves for you! You want to look for horizontal thin stripes whether you are shopping for a top or dress. 
 
Petite
If you are shorter than 5’3, you are considered petite. Ladies, vertical stripes will be your best friend. 
 
-The Pinkwell
Staff Writer: Paulette Wilson

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