This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
There’s nothing scary about a stripe. In fact, the classic pattern is so inoffensive and flattering, it’s basically a neutral. But in its newest iteration, the stripe can be a little more challenging to pull off. From big-top pants to chevron zigzags, these new stripes really make your Breton tops look like child’s play.
Afraid of looking like a jailbird? Not to worry — we’ve come up with tips and tricks to take this season’s most arresting stripe trends to fashion-plate, not prison-mate, status. Check them out, ahead.
Wild Colors? Go Easy On The Rest — The neon-stripe is a huge trend this spring, appearing on all manners of things from blazers to sweaters to shoes. Neon hues are already eye-grabbing on its own, and when you mix a stripe on top of it, it can be as loud as a siren. To combat it, pair your striped piece with simple shapes in pale colors, like nude heels and a bright-white skirt.
Topshop sweater, Timo Weiland skirt, Tsubo for Timo Weiland shoes, Le Specs sunglasses, and Fiona Paxton cuff.
A cropped, shortened, or slim-fit shape also helps reign things in!
Beetlejuice Bottoms In Technicolor — They’re slimming, they’re elongating, they’re punk andpretty…the skinny-leg awning stripe jean is one of our springtime staples. If you don’t want to go entirely punk, find a pair in a pastel hue, like the color of this charming cornflower stripe.
Zimmermann shirt, AG jeans, Joe’s Jeans jacket, Ksubi sunglasses, Stuart Weitzman shoes.
For a pant so graphic, it’s important to keep the rest of your outfit in solid colors. Don’t be afriad to introduce textures though, like denim and leather.
Pair Trusty Oxford Stripes With Flirty Shorts — The oxford shirt never really fell out of fashion, but it’s never been as ubiquitous as it has this spring. Take it out of the boardroom by pairing it with a high-waisted, girly printed pair of shorts. Leave the top button unbuttoned as well — we’re loving the look of something a little less stoic right now.
J.Crew shirt, Zimmermann shorts, Loeffler Randall shoes, Bing Bang bracelet
Of course, a bright-red lip makes all the difference.
Big-Top Stripes Call For Pajama Shapes — If you don’t want to go for the Beetlejuice bottom, we love the idea of a billowing pajama pant in a vertical stripe. Wear it with a pajama-style shirt on top (in a solid color) and make sure you’re finishing it off with tall heels and a sleek clutch.
J.Crew shirt, Kaelen pants, Topshop pumps, Reece Hudson clutch.
We left the bottom two buttons of the top unbottoned to show off a touch of skin.
Color-block Your Stripes — Piece-on-piece colorblocking may be on its way out, but graphic dresses with solid, wide stripes is still a fun, flattering trend this season. Plus, it’s a way to make those color-blocked accessories from last year feel modern. If you’re going for a wide stripe in a shift dress, we like pairing it with a cute, patterned flat.
J.Crew dress, Tsubo flats, Cutler and Gross glasses, Kate spade bag, Bing Bang bracelet
Confused about how to mix colors when colorblocking? Check out this video for step-by-step tips.
With Prison Stripes, Think Professional — When stripes are so bold, horizontal, and thick, you want to find them on fabrics that are stiffer. On blazers, tailored shorts, and boxy blouses, this stripe can look positively lovely. Wear it with more delicate pieces, like lace shirts and cotton skirts to keep things soft.
Alice & Olivia jacket, Alice and Olivia skirt, AJ jeans shirt, Loeffler Randall shoes, Kate Spade necklace.
Want a bigger challenge? Wear a pinstripe with a graphic stripe — it’s an easy way to mix prints.
Follow The Zigzag — Chevron stripes may have felt a little too costumey in the past (especially when they come in sequins), but in more casual pieces like T-shirts and shorts, they can provide just the right amount of glitz to your daytime outfits. The key is to find them in more neutral colors like blacks, metallics, and earth tones, lest you want to channel Helen Roper.
Alice and Olivia top, Joe’s Jeans jeans, Jonathan Simkhai jacket, Kate Spade bag, Loeffler Randall shoes
Plus, it’ll look fabulous under a disco ball (for all you low-maintenance, can’t-be-bothered-to-change-my-outfit types!).
Photographed by Geordy Pearson
Styled by Haley Lowenthal
Modeled by Indiamara at Muse Models
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