Stripes, once again, made a big appearance on the spring runways at Balmain, Victoria Beckham, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani and Valentino, to name just a few. Thankfully this linear print is a classic. If you invest in a striped dress, striped pants or a striped top, you can wear it now and for years to come. You may love stripes and have already incorporated them into your wardrobe. But if you tend to shy away from wearing stripes, it may be because you may think they are not flattering or you are uncertain about how to wear them. So here’s how to wear stripes for women over 50 as well as styling options to get you excited about wearing the trend.
How to Wear Stripes for Women Over 50
Thin Stripes and Pinstripes
When you are over 50, or at any age, you may think stripes draw too much attention. To ease into the trend, consider smaller stripes or pinstripes. You may already own a menswear-inspired pin stripe shirt! You can wear it multiple ways with jeans or pants, under a blazer or cardigan, as a beach cover up, or even mixed with a floral or paisley print skirt. Pinstripes on button down shirts are usually vertical, which always creates a longer line.
But don’t shy away from horizontal pinstripes. They may not make you look bigger (if that is your fear) because a thin stripe pattern is very subtle. In fact, black and white thin stripes almost look like a solid grey from a distance. Or try light colors like tan with white or tonal colors like navy with another shade of blue for a subtle take on the stripes trend.
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Thick and Bold Stripes
Bold stripes do not go unnoticed, but don’t avoid them for that reason! They can also be quite flattering. There is no right or wrong way to wear bold stripes. I suggest to actually try on the clothing to see how it looks on you.
As a general rule, bold vertical stripes on pants and tuxedo stripes down the sides can make you look taller and slimmer. However, if the vertical stripe pattern is repeated too much, it can have the opposite effect and make you look bigger. Thick diagonal stripes are flattering on a dress or skirt as they lead the viewer’s eye in multiple directions, creating a sort of camouflage effect.
Mixed Prints with Stripes
Some designers create fabrics or put together fabrics which include a mix of prints and stripes that you can purchase. Or you can get creative and mix your own prints. Consider wearing a pinstriped shirt or top with a bold floral or another geometric pattern skirt or pants. Or try a vertical stripe pair of pants with a patterned blouse. Just be sure that one of the stripe colors is in the pattern. And when you mix prints another general rule to make it work is to use one smaller pattern with one larger pattern. That’s why pinstripes are so easy to mix with larger patterns. On the other hand, large bold stripes will mix best with other smaller patterns, such as a smaller floral, check or dot print. Stripes will mix well with any organic pattern, since stripes are a geometric pattern. Opposites often work best when it comes to mixing prints.
The last option for wearing stripes is with your accessories. You can go a little bolder this way if you are timid, and you can add a lot of color to a simple outfit. Also keep in mind you now know you can wear stripes with prints! So a striped pair of shoes, handbag or scarf can be worn multiple ways and with many pieces in your wardrobe. Give stripes a try and have fun wearing stripes all year long.
Balance Your Body Shape with Stripes
Stripes can create wonderful visual effects and make you feel confident wearing them. Here are ways to wear them to balance your own figure-type:
- If you have a pear shaped figure, wear horizontal stripes at the top with a darker solid bottom to create more volume or a stronger-shouldered look. Or wear vertical striped pants or a skirt with a lighter colored top to minimize your bottom half and draw attention up to your top.
- If you have a straight figure or want to conceal your midsection, try wearing diagonal stripes.
- If you are larger busted and slimmer through the hips, wear a bold vertical or horizontal stripe skirt with a darker solid colored top. You may also be surprised that horizontal stripes will work for you at the top, especially if they are thinner. Larger or bold stripes can work as a pop of pattern when worn under a blazer or cardigan.
Do you like the stripes trend? How do you like to wear them?
You may also like to read 9 Of The Best Spring 2022 Fashion Trends for Women Over 40 and How To Wear Summer Tops for Women Over 50.
Sources: Vogue, Harpers Bazaar
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4 thoughts on “How To Wear Stripes for Women Over 50: Best Ways To Style Them”
All my life I was heavy and avoided stripes at all cost, but now that I’m 75 lbs lighter it might be time to give them a try! I’ve only recently gotten out of the black, gray, and blue style I had gotten used to and adding some bright colors!
That’s a great accomplishment! And yes, you should give stripes and bright colors a try.
I love the mixed patterns.
Me too! I like to look at how designers mix prints and then put them together with my own clothing.