Following on from my previous post about my love of polka dots, my other favourite pattern is stripes, so I thought I would show you a couple of examples from my wardrobe. I suggest that Robin, who isn't a fan of either pattern, looks away now!
I've built up quite a collection of striped tops and I also have a striped dress. I know that ideally, being short, I should wear vertical stripes to make me look taller and slimmer, but the majority of striped items in my wardrobe are horizontal stripes. I'm not quite sure when this love of stripes started, but over the years my collection has grown and the good news is that stripes never really go out of fashion!
This is my striped dress, which I bought two years ago with the help of my personal fashion adviser (aka my daughter Kate!) to wear for nights out during the summer months and especially for my 65th birthday party.
I've worn the dress with a white jacket in summer, and I also wore it a few months ago with dark tights and shoes plus a dark jacket, so it has proved a versatile buy.
During the winter months I have several striped jumpers to choose from:
To create a longer, leaner line with my winter jumpers, I can wear a jacket or cardigan over them that matches or blends with my trousers. Wearing a longer scarf as in the first photo also helps to draw the eyes down and minimises the horizontal effect.
However I'm a bit short of striped tops for summer. The one below was bought about 18 months ago and was a bit of a change for me as it is in yellow, which isn't necessarily my best colour, but how could I resist the uneven stripes?
My most recent purchase is the following top, which I bought in Mango - that should be good for my street cred! I can wear this top with most of my summer bottoms: I have shown a pair of black linen trousers as well as the white pair that I wore today.
I think that the way I wore it in the first picture is more flattering than the second photo, as the cascade cardigan helps to make me look taller and slimmer. However I'm not a fashion model or film star, so does it really matter whether I look slim or not? I don't think so. Also, as regards
blogging about fashion, I'm no stylist. I understand the "rules" however my aim is to encourage
you to break the rules when it suits you and discover your unique fashion style.
Today was pretty hot, so when I went out dressed in my striped top, white linen trousers and
sandals I felt cool and comfortable. Isn't that what fashion should be all about?