New Ways to Wear Stripes

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Stripes are classic and can be seen just about everywhere this season. For those of you who need some inspiration when it comes to wearing stripes in new and exciting ways, here are a few looks that you can try.

A Horizontally Striped Dress
Many would say that horizontal stripes are extremely unflattering, but this all depends on where the stripes are placed, as well as the colors that are used. If you have a black background, with thoughtfully placed stripes, this will beautifully accentuate your figure. A knee length, knit dress is perfect for this, but make sure that you try it on beforehand, so as to make sure that the stripes really do flatter your own individual figure.

Double Up
While wearing a top and bottom that both feature stripes can be difficult to pull off, you will have an incredible look if you manage to do so. To make the task easier, make sure that the stripes in both of your garments are similar in size, but that the colors differ. Mixing stripes is already quite experimental, so do not be afraid to go bold and bright, even if the colors seem to initially clash.

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A Vertically Striped Skirt
Vertical stripes are great for elongating the body, but they do not often feature in skirts, which is why, if you find one that works for you, this item is a keeper. The great thing about a striped skirt is that it is so versatile, and can be dressed up with a pretty blouse and some heels, or dressed down with a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt.

Striped Heels
Shoes tend to come in single colors, but having a striped pair of heels can really add a whole new dimension to your outfit. This is also a great way to bring stripes into your look subtly, without having to invest in striped clothing. Striped heels can be worn in so many different ways, whether paired with jeans for a classy casual look or worn to add some interest to an LBD.

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Big, Bold and Diagonal
The majority of stripes that you will see in stores are quite classic, but big, bold and diagonal is a fun way to wear them, and will definitely have you standing out of the crowd. Jonathan Saunders is a great designer to look to when it comes to inspiration for this, as his graphic striped slip dress flows perfectly over the body. Since you are already making quite a statement with this style of stripe, do not be afraid to be loud with colors.

Each and every year, stripes always seem to make it on the list of seasonal trends, and this is because they can be worn in so many different ways, resulting in looks that appear completely different year upon year. Whether you decide to double up and wear a striped skirt with a striped top or go for a simple dress that features big, bold and graphic stripes, these looks will no doubt add some extra fun to your wardrobe.

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Take Your Summer Maxi Into Fall

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Maxi dresses are synonymous with the summer months, but there is no reason why you have to put your favorite maxi dresses away once fall rolls around. By keeping these styling tips in mind, you will be able to rock your maxi dress well into the autumn months, and even into the start of winter.

Add in a Vest
Once the end of summer rolls around, you are likely to want a bit of extra warmth, but will still want to show some skin. This is where a vest comes in, as this can be worn over your maxi dress but left open, meaning that your whole dress is still on show, but the upper half of your body will have some extra coverage. While a vest works best with a maxi dress with sleeves, you would still be able to pull this look off with a sleeveless dress, although you may need to be more careful with the accessories you choose.

A Light Sweater and Ankle Boots
Layering your maxi dress with a light sweater and a pair of ankle boots is a great way to take it into the months of fall. If your sweater makes the whole outfit appear too bulky, try cinching in the waist of your maxi dress with a skinny belt, as this will really flatter your figure.

Add in a Scarf
Scarves are perfect for giving your body that extra bit of warmth, and can also add a completely new dimension to your maxi dress. As a general rule of thumb, try to opt for a solid colored scarf if your maxi dress features prints, or a printed scarf if your maxi dress is a solid color, as you want the two to work together rather than compete with each other.

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A Cropped Jacket
The shorter length of a cropped jacket is perfect for accentuating a maxi dress, while giving you some extra coverage at the same time. A cropped denim jacket is a classic way to go if you are seeking out a more casual vibe, while those who are after something slightly dressier may want to opt for a cropped leather or military-style jacket.

Wear a Shirt Underneath
Layering your maxi dress with a shirt underneath will help to keep you warmer, while really adding a sense of personal style to your outfit. A t-shirt is all you would need for those warmer days, while a turtle-neck may be a better option if it is quite chilly outside.

Wear It As a Skirt
A maxi dress can quickly be transformed into a maxi skirt, giving you a whole new item of clothing to play with in your wardrobe. All you need to do is wear a blouse or a sweater over the top of your dress, leaving just the bottom half showing.

While wearing a maxi dress in the fall does take a bit more effort and thought than it does in the winter, you will no doubt be able to put together some stunning outfits for the cooler months. Whether you pair your dress with a scarf and a cropped jacket, or layer it up with a shirt, do not be afraid to experiment when it comes to creating new looks with your maxi dresses.

Fashion and Flair With Denim

Fashionable woman with denim jacket

Denim is a classic material, and while it used to be mainly used for just jeans, this adaptable fabric can now be found in just about every garment type possible. If you want to add some denim flair to your wardrobe, without purchasing yet another pair of jeans, a denim dress could be exactly what you need.

Simplicity is Key
While denim dress styles have evolved quite a bit over the decades, the current trend for denim dresses is veering towards simplicity. A flowing silhouette that just about skims the body is always a great option, as is a shirtdress that features a darker wash of denim.

Dress It Up
When it comes to denim dresses, one of the main problems that many have is that it can often look slightly too casual. However, it is actually quite easy to dress a denim dress up, as all you need are a few statement accessories. Whether you opt for shoulder-grazing earrings or a pair of killer heels, the accessories that you choose can really transform your whole outfit.

Woman in denim dress with bicycle

Cinch in the Waist
If your denim dress skims your figure, then there may be times at which you want to enhance your shape. This can easily be done by cinching in your waist, either with a skinny belt or a wider sash. This will give your look so much more definition, and will make your dress fit your body in a different way.

Denim Maxi Dresses
For those looking for something even more unique than a short denim dress, a denim maxi dress may be perfect for you. These usually tend to have quite a vintage vibe, so be sure to keep it modern with your shoes and other accessories.

A Harder Edge
Denim dresses are usually quite casual, but if you would like to give your look a bit more attitude, there are a couple of ways in which you can do this. Try pairing your denim dress with some combat boots, and even add in a leather jacket if you want it to be even more edgy.

Off-Shoulder
The off-shoulder trend has been hot for quite a while now, and shows no sign of slowing down. Opting for an off-shoulder denim dress is a great way to embrace this style, and will give your dress a gorgeous, flirty, feminine quality. If you do not want to show too much skin, tie a thin silk scarf around your neck, as this will keep your chest covered while highlighting your bare shoulders.

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Cool and Casual
There are many ways in which you can dress a denim dress up, but it is sometimes always best to wear it in a casual way. Try wearing your dress with a baseball cap and a pair of sneakers for a cool, down-to-earth look.

Denim is such a versatile material, which is why every woman should have a denim dress in her wardrobe. Whether you dress it up with high heels and a statement clutch bag, or go for a casual vibe with sneakers and a baseball cap, your denim dress will soon become your go-to item in your wardrobe.