Stripes Styling

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Cristiano Burani FW16

Cristiano Burani FW16

This season it’s all about being bold: bright colours, metallics, sparkling sequins, ruffles and stripes.

The rainbow stripes just like single block bright colours are playful and cheerful, they tend to lift the mood and put a smile on people’s faces. Thus you shouldn’t be afraid to opt for vivid multicolour designs or bold monochrome ones, as we’ve got a few styling tips to help you pull them off.

Two colours that are sure to assist are white and navy blue, both will help offset the overpowering patterns and colours and save you from the uncomfortable feeling of looking over-the-top. Opt for simple designs like plain white shirt or blue jeans, as they will be a perfect background for your eye-catching stripes.

White & Stripes

A perfect example of the above tip: balloon sleeve off-the-shoulder blouse in brilliant white works well with a bold diagonal stripe of the midi skirt, making the skirt the centre of attention. The ladylike mules, round bag, gold jewellery and cat-eye sunglasses are ideal accompaniments to this elegant blue and white look.

Rainbow & Denim

Classic example of simplicity and style – a look that consists of basics, in this case flared blue jeans and white tee, is elevated with a single statement garment – a rainbow striped jacket.

Florals & Stripe

When it comes to pairing two prints, geometry and flowers go well together. Pay attention to colour combination as well, the traditional black and white is easier to combine: hot pink floral print beautifully compliments the mariniere top. A safe bet is to keep within 3 different shades: the green heeled loafers and candy pink clutch match the shorts print, while the black hat and shades are in tone with the top.

It’s all Peachy

Stripes on dresses are a hard one, since you should be careful with choosing the correct width and direction in order to complement your figure in the best possible way. If you have mastered that skill already then welcome the spring in a standout design.

Stripes on Stripes

Why not go all the way and double up on this hot trend? You have options: matchy-matchy like a suit or with a little colour and pattern contrast. This look is done in the shades of blue, white and light brown. The brightness contrast of the top and bottoms is also supported by the different width of the stripes, though the same direction makes the look complete. Accessorise with a straw boater hat, a trunk style cross-body bag and brogues or flatforms. For a feminine touch – a flower brooch and ornate sunnies.

by Olga Permyakova

Photos: Courtesy of the Brands

Cover photo: Fabio Vizzari

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