Seeing Stripes

Think inside the lines this season with bold, beautiful stripes. The 2013 runways were

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packed with this linear trend as designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Christian Dior sent out model after model sporting stripes.  The trend is often associated with nautical themes, but this year stripes are for every style. From thick black bands to skinny neon lines, stripes have worked their way into summer fashion staples and we’re here to help you figure out how to wear them.

Everything from sunglasses and handbags, to skirts and suits is dressed in lines this year, so it’s easy to add them to your everyday attire. However, be careful as to how to work them in. If you’re new to the trend, try playing it safe. Look for vertical stripes, which have a slimming effect, and stick to basic colors such as black, tan, or navy.

If you’re a fearless, all-out fashionista, designers have created an abundance of modern options for you to sport this big, bold trend. If you wear a neutral stripe, you’re safe to accent with bright accessories, statement pieces, or even another pattern. If you go the bold stripe route, you’ll want to tone down the rest of your attire: A bright or thick stripe will be a statement on it’s own.

If you dare to try a horizontal stripe, balance it out with skinny jeans and high heels. Worried about the circus tent effect of horizontal stripes? Never fear! Just be sure the piece is fitted and preferably a neutral color to avoid the larger-than-life look. Slim down for the beach in a striped bikini or color-blocked one-piece. Be on-trend at the office by pairing a striped pencil skirt with your favorite white blouse. You can even dress up your phone with a designer striped case.

So what are you waiting for? Go get linear!