Showing Your Stripes

Stripes

You don’t have to be a zebra or a referee to show your stripes, but you surely can look divine when wearing them.  Stripes always brings a chic, effortless look to an outfit, but a requires a little effort to avoid looking you belong in the jailhouse.  Stripes whether wide or thin, horizontal, vertical or diagonally, can flatter any body shape but it all depends on the paired pieces that help to give the outfit the extra fabulous look. I know that when we think of stripes the nautical navy and white comes to mind, but stripes comes in variety of colours, so  choose the colours that compliment your skin colour best, when creating your look.

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Stripes can be tricky but we all can find the right stripes that make us feel confident and comfortable.  You have to know which part of your body you want to draw attention and which parts you want to divert attention,  your body shape doesn’t matter. So, for all my apple-shaped ladies, the saying that you should stay away from stripes is a mare myth. In the end, it all comes down to where you wear them and how your style your outfit, plus the key to achieve a successful striped look is matching stripes with solid colours.

Tips to remember:

  • Vertical stripes give you a tall appearance.
  • Horizontal stripes enhances or creates the illusion of curves.
  • Diagonal stripes produces a slimming effect.
  • Stripes only along the border of an outfit gives slimming effects.
  • Darker colours are more slimming that lighter colours.
  • Accentuate the waist with a belt to create a waist line and eliminate the wide effect.

Here are some chic, stylish ideas that any body shape can pull off  for the classic stripe look:

Striped Top by natz-the-rebel featuring corset shirts

Striped Pants by natz-the-rebel featuring sleeveless shirts

Striped Dress by natz-the-rebel featuring summer dresses

Striped Skirt by natz-the-rebel featuring high heels

Striped Jackect by natz-the-rebel featuring a striped jacket

Hope you can find some inspiration for these looks  I created and create a look of your very own. Let me know which look or looks you liked the most.

Singing The Colour Blocking Blues

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Most trends generally last for one season or even become a year round trend but it seems the colour blocking trend which made a big comeback for spring/summer 2011, is still going strong. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this trend but it seems some designers and fashionistas are still quite infatuated with it. So I decided to show correct ways to colour block, we should learn how to master the look  if this trend is to carry on and hopefully rid the streets of unsightly mix mash.

Colour blocking consist of combining two or more solid colours to create an outfit. As simple as it may sound, if it’s not done correctly you can end up looking like a big fashion disaster. The first thing to keep in mind is to choose colours that compliment your skin tone that would give you a flattering look.

Here are some tips to successively achieve the look:

  • Match one or two colours  with a neutral color like nude, caramel, white, grey, brown or black.
  • Use accessories to add the pop and give a contrast of colour.
  • Mix match two bright colours .
  • Mix different hues of the same colour.
  • Buy a color blocked piece and match with a solid colour.

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Here are a few ideas you can try:

Colour And A Twist Of Nude

Adding Flavour
The Mix Of Things
Different Shades
Color blocking