7 Bold Ways to Wear Black and White Stripes

Black and white stripes never seem to go out of style because designers are continually reinventing them. There seem to be endless ways that simple straight lines can be combined to create new and exciting designs.


black and white striped tshirt dress

All Ways Black and White Striped Dress

Take for example this perky black and white striped dress with the all-way stripes. It fits your upper body like a cute tomboy tee, while the skirt wraps across your hips to creates a curvy, feminine silhouette.

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black and white striped criss cross top


Twisty Tie Stripes

Tops that twist and tie at the front are trendy at the moment. This summery black and white striped top takes the trend one step further by giving a stylish spin to orderly black and white stripes. This top is like looking into the eye of a hurricane!


Black and White Striped Circle Bag

This cool circular bag with black and white stripes makes a modern statement and looks fun to carry! It goes with everything!


Ruffles and Black and White Stripes

Serious straight lines turn fun and flirty in this beautiful ruffled Lola maxi that is great for making an entrance!

black and white striped square neck top

Black and White Striped Square Neck Top

Take a good look at the newest neckline for spring.  This simple, easy black and white striped top with the square neckline and sporty 3/4 length sleeves look fantastic paired with crisp white jeans.



Black and White Striped Shirt

Alternating sizes of black and white stripes give this roll-tab shirt a very sophisticated look. Long sleeve shirts that are just the right length to cover the tummy are hard to find. This one is a winner!



black and white striped maxi dress


Ruched, Black and White Striped Maxi Dress 

A soft, relaxed black and white striped maxi dress gets a serious cinching in with elegant ruching at the waist. A sexy side slit lets you flash a little leg. This dress would be great for a vacation when you want to put on something simple, but stylish too.

Want to see stylish black and white stripes look on women over 40? Check out these bloggers in their bold and beautiful striped outfits.

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13 thoughts on “7 Bold Ways to Wear Black and White Stripes

  1. I’ve been a stripe lover since way back when, and love the casual or dressy way they lend themselves to outfits.

  2. Diagonal stripes, in the right scale, are universally flattering, IMO. Other patterns come and go, but stripes stand the test of time at any age.

  3. I love the off the shoulder top but $298.00. I can afford the money but cannot get my head around paying that much for the top. I love nice quality clothing but is it really necessary to pay so much for some pieces. I need help with how to let go and not worry about prices so much. Can’t seem to help myself just over practical I guess. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      I don’t blame you for not being able to get your head around $298 and you don’t need to. There are lots of these types of tops at various pricepoints. My best suggestion for good quality at great prices is to shop on sale only. It takes a little bit to start following who is putting what on sales but these days everything goes on sale so sign up for as many email alerts you can for the stores that carry great quality and keep your eyes peeled. I try to show a range of stuff but I will be more conscious to highlight more sales things too.

  4. So, I find the advice that horizontal stripes make you look wider a bit out of date. I am wide on the top and torso and I always wear stripes and feel it’s the cut of the item , or the fabric or what you wear with it that is most important. Stripes are classic and are everywhere so I’d recommend trying something on with stripes, especially if you like the fabric and cut of the piece, and decide for yourself.


    1. Hi Julia,
      I agree that cut and fabric plays a role. It’s hard to generalize and say horizontal stripes make everyone look wide because there are so many types and sizes of stripes, and so different shapes of bodies. I would say if a woman wants to wear horizontal stripes and wants to minimize looking wide she might try multiple narrow horizontal stripes in a piece of clothing that is longer than it is wide. That many stripes causes the eye to climb the body up and down like a ladder instead of following the stripes side to side. Cheers, Deborah

  5. I have always loved stripes. It’s one pattern that will never go out of style. Used vertically, stripes can add height. Used horizontally and it would help narrow shoulders come into balance with wide hips. Used correctly, they can help improve your look.

  6. If you’re small in height, or perhaps pear shaped then you should go for vertical stripes as these are quite slimming, whereas horizontal stripes gives you the illusion of being bigger.

  7. I don’t much care for black ‘n’ white. I worked in a casino for a few years, and that combo always reminds me of work! Also, I find that black, white, or the combo washes me out and ages me. However, some people look great in this look. I save black for shoes, pants, and skirts, and always wear color up top.