Wednesday, 3 April 2013

How to Wear Stripes – 10 Striped Dresses for Curvy Girls

Reiss Gems Stripe Shift DressStriped dresses are always in abundance at springtime, but there’s an art to knowing how to wear stripes which is even more complicated if you’re lucky enough to be curvy.  A curvy shape needs to be very careful about stripes, the width, how much they stand out – ie making sure they don’t walk into the room before you do, the colours and the contrast.

Mango Striped Knit DressPhase Eight Coco Striped DressDolce & Gabbana Striped Jacquard DressJohn Lewis Julianne Dress

Look carefully and you’ll find some flattering examples, sexy, easy to slip into, wearable all day, and not looking too much as if you’ve just stepped off a boat.  Which many of them do, frankly. And some striped dresses are just too girly for words.  What you want is a striped dress that looks effortlessly this season, with a modern cut, the right length, and a pair of killer heels.

Escada Darenan DressPhase Eight Striped Tunic DressFrench Connection Maxi DressTed Baker Stripe Intarsia Dress
I may be stating the obvious, but steer away from wide stripes on a short dress as they will make you look wider, and black contrasting with white will also stand out the most.  Look for less contrasting colours, narrower stripes, fabric that will give and an elongating shape. 

French Connection Super Stripe Dress My favourites have to be French Connection’s long red and ivory striped halter neck maxi dress, Escada’s purple and black ‘striped’ dress, and Mango’s blue summer holiday tank dress.  All of them?  Why not?……… the only problem is…..when to wear them?