Wide, bright stripes are popular for spring and summer, and the color combinations are dazzling. How do you wear such cheery stripes without looking like a circus clown? I have 5 tips.
1. Wear Colorful Stripes with White, Black, or Beige
When wearing bright stripes, keep the rest of your outfit neutral to balance things out. A great color to wear is white. White shorts, white pants, or a white skirt are like an artist’s canvas. They make an excellent backdrop allowing a colorful striped top to be the single focus! Black or Beige also works well.
2. Choose Clean, Classic Pieces
Classic silhouettes with no to little detail counterbalance the super high energy of a big, fat, bold stipe. For example, a striped pencil skirt is traditional and thick; vibrant stripes are trendy. Together they project a professional, fashion-forward look.
I’ve added a pretty yellow blouse with this look above, but if you want a quieter look, you could wear a white blouse. Tie the colors of your shoes and bag into the neutral color in your stripes to keep the look grounded.
4. Embrace a Nautical Theme
Nautical always comes to mind when you think about stripes. This spring, you’ll see nautical clothing with new shapes, details, and colorful lines. This green and blue striped blouse with dramatic bell sleeves is a good example. Pair this top with waist tie shorts, rope sandals, and some nautical-themed jewelry for a shipshape look.
4. Wear Washed Stripes
5. A Striped Accessory May Be All You Need
Accessories are a great way to incorporate colorful stripes without going all out. I love this rich coral maxi paired with this darling Kate Spade tote. This sporty black bag with colorful stripes gives the outfit a fun feel. Be sure to keep your shoes neutral for a look like this. You can have too much color going on.
What do you think of bright stripes? Classy or clownish? I’d love to know!