The statement stripe has been a big trend this year, and, fortunately for us stylists, it’s one that can work for all body types and coloring. In fact, it can help us visually accentuate certain attributes or create balance and harmony where desired. Here are some key tips for strategic stripe styling (say that 10xs fast!):
If you want to create width or curves, add horizontal lines in the areas you want to visually widen. On the flip side, don’t add bold horizontal stripes in places your client wants to camouflage.
Style a small-busted, triangle-shaped client in a horizontal striped top to create the illusion of a larger bust and thus balance out her hips.
If a lean column client wants to appear curvier, add horizontal stripes to the areas you want to visually create these curves.
To add height and leanness or to camouflage curves, you can dress your client in vertical stripes.
Make sure the size of the stripe is in proportion to the overall size of your client.
The contrast among stripes should mimic your client’s color contrast (ie, high-contrast pattern with a high contrast client and low-contrast pattern with a low-contrast client). If your client is low contrast, a high contrast black-and-white stripe will be distracting. Remember, color and pattern should generally complement—not compete—with your client’s features.
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