CRYSTAL'S CLOSET: HOW TO WEAR STRIPES? | iheartCrystal Phuong- Top 10 Singapore Best Fashion Blog

Jun 28, 2013

CRYSTAL'S CLOSET: HOW TO WEAR STRIPES?

Hi everyone,

I'm just going to make this blog entry really "short and sweet" before I catch my flight to Taiwan in 2 hours time. I must love you guys so much that even with the last 2 hours left, I'm still sitting here to update my blog instead of enjoying the movie and relaxing. 

Anyway, here is what I have to entertain you this weekend when I'm gone: 


Recently, I'm being obsessed with breton stripes for no reason. This magical and classic staple just got me so crazy that every time I go out for shopping, I'll bring something with stripes home. You've probably seen them everywhere recently: from fashion magazine, runway, red carpet, TV show or real life. Despite being such a popular staple, breton stripes somehow, still have a bad reputation to some people:  "Don't wear stripes, they make you look fat?". Does it sound familiar to you? How should we fix that?

Well, I managed to find out some style tips for you right here. Keep calm and read on! :)


1. Know your body size and shape.
The utmost important rule in picking any outfit is knowing your body shape. In this case, knowing your strength and weaknesses will help you to find out the most suitable stripes (in sizes, I meant) for you. Technically, I would not recommend if the stripes look so overwhelming on you. If you are petite like me, go for small size stripes.


2. Clean and lean. 
Since the top is already busy with lot of stripes going on there, I kept the bottom clean and simple with a basic white pants. Alternative option? Go for skinny jeans, pencil skirts. And oh, don't forget to wear your favorite heels too.


3. Colors. 
You can never go wrong with the combo black-white- red especially when you are wearing black-white breton stripes. I added more "flavor" to the entire outfit with the red beaded necklace, bangle and the red handbag. If you want to be less-noticeable, opt for black or white accessories. Other colors would work well with black-white stripes are neon, purple, or cobalt blue.


4. Layering. 
I found out one of the best ways to minimize the fear of wearing horizontal stripes will make you look big is layering. When in doubt, just throw your favorite jacket, colored blazer, trench coat over it and you are set. Better yet, you can wear an outerwear and finish with a belt to accentuate your waist.


5. Accessories. 
If striped outfit is too much for you, try something in small portion and work your way up perhaps? Appetizer sometimes tastes better than a main course. I would say a striped clutch, stripes shoes, striped scarf...would be good enough to spice your outfit up.








There are still plenty more rules to apply but I think these basic rules are good enough to ensure you are not going out of the way unless you wish to be extra-ordinary. And don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being different from others if what you wear makes you feel good and confident. Who knows you might be a next fashion icon? I'm not kidding.

I hope after this, you'll start loving striped outfit like I do. Trust me, this is the most versatile staple that could go with any style, size, color and race. I just bought 5 more striped blouses, I'll show you in next blog post. Please do share with me if you have your styles and ideas of wearing breton stripes.

Thank you so much for reading and I can't wait to share with you my first holiday experience in Taiwan. Please follow me on Instagram, Facebook to get latest update from me.

Have a great weekend everyone!

::Outfit::
Striped blouse: H&M - Similar here  and here
White pants: ZARA- Similar here and here
Heels: Charles & Keith- Similar here and here
Handbag: Love Moschino
Sunglasses: Police
Beaded necklace: Evans - Similar here and here
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