How to wear stripes

Jan 30, 2014

When my friend Nicole and I showed up to work as mirror images of each other, I got to thinking about my love of stripes.

Stripes are a loud choice. They're bold, and they don't take themselves too seriously. Above all, stripes will get you noticed. So wear them right. Here's how:

Choose one piece to pop
My style tends to be more traditional. I wear a lot of solid colors and classic cuts, so the pop in my outfits comes from the bag. This work ensemble consisted of red capris, a black blazer, white and gold tank, black heels and a pearl necklace (an old Banana Republic style I wish they still had). Fine for work, but throw in a striped bag and suddenly you have the "wow" factor. Mine is the How Does She Do It by Stella and Dot (previously reviewed here), a mind-blowing steal at only $89.

Pick your stripes
Thick or thin? Black and white, or yellow and grey? Tailored? Slouchy? There's plenty to choose from, especially this next season. Coach is coming out with their Borough in bar stripes, Banana Republic has the Jess, even Burberry Brit is getting into the spirit the Susanna.

Highlight your assets
Nicole wore the bold look right on top. She paired her navy and white striped jacket with a maroon shirt, black pants and black pumps. It's all pulled together with an absolutely gorgeous Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel. Nicole's is circa 2003, but you can pick one up at Lord and Taylor for $298. Get there in the next few days for 15% off with promo code FINAL.

Many thanks to my beautiful and stylish coworker, Nicole, who is damn good at both marketing and putting together an outfit.

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