Spring 2016 Trend: How To Make Stripes Not Boring

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If you think stripes are lame and there’s no way to wear them in a way that won’t be dull and boring you might want to look at runway for inspiration as the designers showed plenty of fresh ideas that will definitely translate into general more affordable fashion.

So, if you’re hopelessly in love with stripes there are yet ways to make them look more attractive than the common navy striped tee. In fact if you replace a tee with a blouse or some top that has a more complex design and silhouette you might pull off all your favorite looks without being old-fashioned or kinda stuck in one style.


J. Crew Spring 2016 striped tee with ruffled sleeves paired with a white skirt and checkered aqua shoes

Uniform stripes is the one thing to stay away from in 2016. It’s all about mixing and matching like Zuhair Murad demonstrated in his Spring 2016 RTW line.

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad Spring 2016 uses stripes that constantly change width and direction

Another great way to stay away from uniform stripes is to choose items where there are as few stripes as possible.


Elizabetta Franchi Spring 2016 keeping stripes rare and occasional

Even pinstripes work well when they change direction, preferably more than once per clothes item.


DKNY 2016 pinstripes and men’s shoes designed and styled around a dress

If you want to look more chic in stripes, then metallics should definitely be your priority.

Antonio Marras

Antonio Marras Spring 2016 gold stripes and greige

Finally, if you are a suit person it’s time to ditch pinstripes for thick stripes, soft fabrics, and cool colors. Sure this Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture set looks more like pajamas, but that’s another hot trend that your could wear shamelessly with your stripes. The key to it is fine fabrics and smart styling.

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Mona Lis

A fashion enthusiast with passion for extremes; simple cuts vs. mad complexity, monochromatic pallets, and crazy color schemes. Interested in fashion from a perspective of a 'perfect look', 'outfit puzzles', and shopping.