Do This Don't: Wear Stripes With Stripes

Bonus points if you're this wrinkly too. What? This shit is REAL!
Publish date:
July 13, 2011
stripes, do this don't, print enthusiasts

I've been in a bit of a dressing rut lately, so I took some time to mentally review recent outfit combinations that I really liked and somehow forgot about repeating (yes, I do this).

How did I forget about my triumphant stripes n' stripes combo?

As soon as I got the skirt I thought OMG this is going to be great with my cream and red striped shirt! But the truth is that statements like this only work out half the time. They are either succesful and you feel like a queen for a night or they are such 100 percent fails that they make you reconsider how you even get dressed everyday.

I thought this one worked out pretty well and I wore it with tights, a couple cardigans and a jean jacket to a friend's thing at a bar. Then I promptly forgot about it.

The point is, if you are into stripes as much as I am perhaps you've thought, "Man, how can I maximize my stripe potential?" The secret is actually super simple.

Make sure that both patterns have something in common.

That means similar stripe width and/or color variation. I was stoked to find that the stripes in the two pieces were almost the same and thus my wildest stripes fantasy came true.

Pretty easy, right? Also this rules applies to prints in general so all you polka dot enthusiasts and paisley print obsessives can let your freak flag fly high as long as they're the same proportion or have a similar color palette. Not too shabby!