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Stripes are In! Style Tips on How to Rock this Awesome Trend in 2013



We may be early in the year, but fashion is already in full swing. It’s so amazing and exciting that stripes are back! Big and bold, slim and oblique, this trend has been revamped by both foreign and and home based designers like Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, J.Crew, Elegante by Tiannah Styling and Re Bahia at Music Meets Runway 2012.

Celebrities like Toke Makinwa, Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ifeoma Odogwu and Anna Wintour have also earned their stripes this year.

The stripe trend is probably the easiest of patterns to mix and clash as its dynamism in terms of orientation (i.e vertical, horizontal or diagonal alignment) makes it work easily with other patterns or even with itself.

Here are some tips to get you well on your way to lining them up, literally;

1. Stripe on stripe –  You can wear vertically striped tops with vertically striped bottoms, however this should be done only if you’re wearing a suit (i.e matching the  jacket and trouser pants). Even at this, its safer when the stripes are pin sized rather than bar sized; bar sized stripes give a bogus and unflattering look to the outfit and could make you seem larger than you actually are.

Horizontally striped tops and bottoms work very well together. A good side to this particular one is that you can use the effect of sizes to help your body shape by employing optical illusion techniques e.g if you are heavier at your top than your bottom, wear slimmer stripes at the top and wider stripes at the bottom. This will give the illusion that you are same sized. Wearing paired items like pant suits that have an array of horizontal and vertical lines put together add some diversity to your pant suits and you don’t have to worry about its work-ability.

2.Stripes with other patterns: Now, I understand that this combination could seem very risky, but stripes reach full potential when they are paired with other patterns. If you pair a monochrome striped top with monochrome  print bottoms or colors that are of the same hue like the Tai Cibani dress below, the blend goes better and gives you a great overall look that doesn’t seem mismatched.

Try this; the brightly colored shoes add contrast to the outfit in terms of color, so you don’t look like a black and white movie.

3. Consider your body type: When combining stripes it may get confusing to know what type of stripe to wear for your body type…here’s some advice on how to quickly sort out that problem:

Hour Glass Shape: This is also known as the opposing triangle or the X shape. If you have this particular shape, it is best you use vertical lines along your waist line to further enhance your slim waist and horizontal lines for the rest of the outfit. However if you want to appear less curvy, reverse is the case; horizontal for the waist and vertical for the rest. Kim Kardashian shows us a great example;

Apple Shape: The apple shape is most common to people with athletic build. Apple shaped women have broad(er) shoulders compared to their narrow(er) hips. They tend to have slim legs/thighs, while the abdomen and chest look larger compared to the rest of the body. With this shape, vertical lines should be used on the upper half of your body to pull it inwards and horizontal lines at the bottom. If you choose to wear clothes that have slim stripes use them for the bottom half of your body so they wouldn’t have a drastic effect on your shape. View Kelly Rowland in this lovely Striped dress mixing different sizes of stripes.

Triangle Shape: Here the measurement of the hip is greater than the bust measurement. The women of this body type tend to have a (relatively) larger rear, thicker thighs, and a small(er) bosom. In this case you should concentrate more on your upper part. Use horizontal lines to make your top half appear bigger and vertical for your lower part to appear smaller; this way you look more proportional. See Rihanna in this hot red see through dress;

Rectangular Shapes: In this case the waist and top measurement are the same. Here, horizontal is the best way to go. Use this to broaden your shape but to get a better effect, try combining it with vertical lines along the waist. See Michelle Williams in this black & white dress with wavy stripes;

3. Pairing with a jacket: When adding a jacket to your combo its most advisable to use a plain colored jacket to add some sanity to the lines you have underneath. Although it is best to add some abstract colours when doing this, especially with those of the same hue so you can create a more centered outfit.

Share your own Style tips for wearing stripes and good luck!


  1. diseye

    February 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Umm stripes have always been in as they never really left….. Do a feature on monochrome and emerald especially on jewellery. I’ll be glad to help…

    • Bleed blue

      February 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Diseye thank you oh! I was thinking to myself…stripes? a trend? Like saying denim is a trend

    • Anon

      February 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Exactly. It’s a design that never dates.

  2. Obehi Okoawo

    February 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Thanks a lot, will def try some out.

  3. pynk

    February 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    love rihannas hair.

  4. BlackMagic babe

    February 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    BN,I miss the *my style section*

  5. nems

    February 1, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I agree with Diseye stripes are not really trending most of these pictures are old…. Blue( Cobalt, Royal, Navy), Monochrome and geometric patterns is IN.

  6. dont mention

    February 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    thank u @ diseye……BN much….do a feature on something else please.

  7. Urban

    February 1, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Lmao…biko, which stripes? Where did they go before. That pic of kim k in the red stripes is from 3 years ago..I guess anything to write a fashion story!

  8. Fidel

    February 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Fashion is surely being bold. I dig the Rihana dress. Gives her great curves at the right places. And for Kim, all I can say is waoh! She sure got the heads turning.

  9. koko

    February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Rihana and Anna Wintour pull it off. Need to be careful or you’ll come of looking silly

  10. Niyoola

    February 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Kelly, apple shaped ? How? While you are right about apple shaped women have broad shoulders and small bust, they have wide waists and narrow hips. The waist is usually the widest part of their body
    Kelly’s waist is def smaller than her hips.

  11. Rita D.

    February 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Fashion is whatever you make it! They need to go learn fashion 101 basics @

  12. fairangel

    February 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Lol! @ Federal Republic of

  13. d

    February 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    so Rihanna can cover up? nice outfit though.

  14. Miss Posh

    February 4, 2013 at 12:34 pm


  15. amystuna

    February 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    new trend doesnt mean its altogether new. its mostly that more people now wear it than before.
    just like when chiffon was trending. doesnt mean that it wasnt being worn before then.
    so its stripes now. got some in my fabric drawers. im gon try out designing with it n see how i like…….

  16. Aurafashion

    February 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

    They are so in as seen on Una welldone.

  17. Omojeje

    February 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Bella naija, why the hec didn’t you post my earlier comments? People are watching you in 3D oooo

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