Spring Stripes: Tips For Wearing Stripes For Every-Body Type


IMG_3119.2.jpgThe Look:

Top: J. Crew Rib Trim Regent Blazer (Recently Sold Out) – (Available in Blue here, and similar here) Blue Blazer 30% off with code SPRINGSALE; J.Crew Factory Woven-Back Swing Tee; Bottom: J.Crew Reese Pant (30% off with code SPRINGSALE); Bag: Michael Kors Selma; Shoes: Patent Leather Pump (Old) (Similar here)

The Look For Less:

Top: INNAMORATO Blazer in Khaki; ana Short Sleeve Boyfriend Top in American Blue; Bottom: Anthropologie Pilcro Hyphen Pinstriped Chino Pant; Bag: Kadin Structured Vegan Satchel; Shoe: Gianni Bini Leather Pump

Stripes of all kinds appear to be a thing this spring, but wearing stripes, especially on the bottom, can be a little intimidating for anyone.  Adding a pinstripe pair of pants to your wardrobe can be a smart choice, because they are classic and versatile enough to wear to work and beyond.  If you are a little hesitant to try this popular pattern, IMG_3111.jpgtoday, I’m sharing a few tips for wearing stripes for every-body type.

The key to pulling off the pinstripe pattern lies in the scale/size of the stripe, so following these few simple tips can have you looking good and feeling fashionable in this classic pattern.

1.  Go for a fine to medium pinstripe.  It is the best pinstripe pattern for all body types, even the most petite frame.  A fine to medium pinstripe tends to be somewhat muted, and will not overwhelm or overpower the body or outfit.

2.  Choose vertical lines over horizontal lines.  Horizontal lines shorten and widen the body, while vertical lines lengthen and slim.

3.  Select a fit that has movement.  A tight pinstripe is not figure flattering on any body type.  A strained or tight pinstripe can distort the figure and make the body appear misshapen.

4.  If you are little hesitant about wearing pinstripes, but love the look, simply stick with a darker hue pinstripe IMG_3123.jpg(blue or black).  To me, these colors work best for pinstripes anyway, as they are slimming, and are easy to pair with other pieces.

I tried my hand at this spring print trend with these pinstripe pants from J. Crew.  The pants have a small to medium stripe that works well for any body type.  They have movement, and are extremely lightweight, so they can be worn from spring right into summer.  I paired the pants with the J. Crew blazer for a quick meeting, but the pants can easily be worn with a white blouse, blue or white tee, or slightly cropped top for a more casual look.

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Happy first day of spring, and thanks for reading!












































  1. Patricia
    March 20, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    another stunner!! both the jacket and pants are a must have for my upcoming college reunion! Lulu, your style is impeccable.

    • Lulu With Grace
      March 20, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you very much Patricia for your comment, and for visiting my blog!! I truly appreciate it. Happy shopping, and enjoy your college reunion!

    • Lulu With Grace
      March 20, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you very much Patricia for your comment, and for visiting my blog!! I truly appreciate it. Happy shopping, and enjoy your college reunion!

  2. jackie'O
    March 20, 2015 / 8:14 pm

    GREAT way to simplify your wArdrobe and look fabulous. These pieces can make several great outfits!! You offer so much. Time to check the Links and start building my fabulous look.

    • Lulu With Grace
      March 20, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      Thank you so much Jackie’O!! I really appreciate your comment, and agree that all of the pieces in this look are very versatile. Thank you for visiting my blog!

    • Lulu With Grace
      March 22, 2015 / 1:48 pm

      Hi lovely Carsla! Thank you for your comment, and for visiting my blog. Follow a few of the tips I provided for wearing stripes on the bottom, and I’m sure they will look fabulous on you!

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