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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Preppy Nautical Stripes are "IN!"

Yes!!! Preppy nautical stripes are in {HALLEJUAH!}
I'm so siked about this trend because it is so...Fun, fresh, and classic!
Perfect time to participate in this trend.
I want to share with you a little tutorial on the things you must know about this trend to make it work for you!!


Let's start in my closet...

(This is the neat version)

(And the messy version...lol!)


What's in the pile?
Two scarves
One tube top
One pair of shoes
One long cardi
One knit hoodie
Two sweaters
One Dress
One T-Shirt
One Blazer

ALL STRIPES!
I know, I'm a little obsessed....ha!

WHERE TO BUY?
My favorite places that have the most fabulous (and pretty reasonably priced) stripes are....
LOFT (formerly known as "Ann Taylor Loft")
Delia*s
Victoria's Secret
Old Navy
Abercrombie & Fitch

Make This Look Work for YOU!
Now with that being said, I know we are all pretty aware of what stripes can do to a girl...
Stripes can add pounds if worn the wrong way, or make an outfit completely overwhelming.  Blah, blah, blah...it's like an old record playing whenever we see a striped top.  We think, "nope this is too hard to wear. I'm not going to bother!"
It is true that stripes can add pounds to our beautiful bodies if worn incorrectly.
Let's nip that nasty rule in the bud (or is it butt?)!  
Here's what we can do to make you look slim....

Courtesy of Wellsphere.com


UNO #1: Wear a SOLID cardigan/jacket blazer to clearly define your waistline
DOS #2: Choose a V-Neck to de-emphasize the bust (if you're fuller in this area)


STRIPE YOUR WORKWEAR
Let's say you're looking to incorporate this hot little trend in your office-wear. 
This is what you can do....
Find a more sophisticated nautical stripe top that has...

Courtesy of Economyofstyle.blogspot.com

1. Sleeves
2. Preferably a Scoop or a Square Neck. 
Not V-neck tops.  They are a little too casual. 

3. Add a structured jacket in a solid color
 to ensure you look sleek and slim 
*Remember...The jacket is doing two important things here.
It's highlighting your waist even though your top is a busy pattern

*OR*

Wear a Stripe Blazer!

Courtesy of ClothingBoden.co.uk

Ta-da!  Now you know preppy nautical stripes are in! Also, you know where to buy them, how to wear them correctly and even add them to your workwear!  I'd love to hear your comments on stripes, do you like them? Already own a pile like mine?  Let me know!  Until next time...

Love,
Your Fashion Coach

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