Make a bold statement with stripes and STILL look classy over 40!

Watch out all you ladies who are over the age of forty!  For the spring 2013 season, bold, bright, bossy and big stripes are coming back in your fashion world. With their crispy and renewed appeal, stripes are going to make fashion look yuppie and maritime this year. Some of the types of clothing you will see represent modern, graphic, inspired and sometimes jailbird looking, for lack of a better word. Don’t laugh! Yes, you heard me right! You will see all kinds of stripes: horizontal, classic black, white, vertical, two-toned and multicolored. You will be like a kid in a candy store since you will have so many selections to wade through. OK, now for the good part. We are going to lay the foundation for you so you can make sense of everything.

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How to wear stripes

No woman will be left out because there are so many unique ways that you can wear stripes for this season. Did you know that you can wear a striped top with a striped bottom, a striped bottom with a floral top and a striped top that has graphic patterns? However, the simplest way to wear your stripes and still look fabulous is to maintain a classic and chic look. Here is an example: you can pair a black pencil skirt with a striped top and a two-toned sling back pair of pumps. It is elegant, trendy and simple for any environment; office, party or dinner.

Sling backs are an amazing selection for any outfit; especially one just described. For one the two-toned sling back gives life to the outfit in comparison to just a basic black pump. In addition, the sling back will add sex appeal to your look. This is the ideal choice instead of an open toe shoe because not many offices allow you to go that casual.

What about the scarf and more?

Ok, let’s move on now. Scarves are excellent for the spring. They come in a mixture of stripes and polka dots. These go well with any outfit. It provides a burst of elegance and boldness with a spring freshness that shows off your fashion forwardness. You can wear the scarf around your neck or on your bag handle – you will look quite Grace Kelly like! The only thing missing would be a pair of huge, black Jackie Onassis sunglasses.

If you have wide hips, it is suggested by some that you wear thin horizontal stripes. Wider stripes would only broaden your hips. To minimize the broadening effect, you can wear a striped t-shirt under a neutral-colored cardigan or blazer.

There is a myth, though, that has been maintained in the fashion world for decades. The myth is that curvy women should only stick to wearing stripes that go up and down, possibly elongating the body and that they should not wear stripes that run side by side because it widens them. This well preserved fashion rule no longer applies, thanks to Peter Thompson, who is skilled in perception and works in the Psychology Department at York University.

In his research, he did a study where he asked individuals to do a comparison test. They were to compare over 200 photos of women who wore horizontal and vertical striped dresses. He asked the same individuals to tell which of the pictures made the women look fatter.

Astonishingly, his experimentation revealed that when the two females were of similar size, the one who wore the horizontal striped dress was believed to be thinner. The findings, then, were that horizontal stripes will not make women look fat. It is the opposite – it makes them look thinner. So wear your stripes this spring with confidence and boldness!

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