Since everyone is going to be knitting lots of striped garments this summer in With Love Stripes, I thought I would write an article about how to wear those pieces. Stripes, just like any other patterned clothing, can make you look fabulous or look like you have no idea how to dress yourself. Here are a few tips and tricks to make those stripes really work for you this summer.
Pick one, a singular pattern or striped garment. Wearing patterns with patterns is a very complex undertaking and one most people wish to stay away from. If you pick one garment that is striped, this is going to be the focus point of your ensemble. Everything else is an accent garment. Your garment itself, doesn’t have to be comprised completely of stripes. There are garments you can do in panels, such as skirts, that leave you a little room to play with.
Know what horizontal stripes and vertical stripes are doing for you. Vertical stripes on the other hand tend to make you look taller, slimmer, and accentuate your body’s natural curves. Horizontal stipes have a couple of different groups of thought associated with them, so if you know how they work with your body then rock on, if not, I suggest you try on some items and find out. In my personal experience wide horizontal stripes tend to make things look wider, I don’t know about you, but I have problems enough as it is. Thinner horizontal stripes seem okay for me.
Don’t forget to accessorize. If you are simply accessorizing with stripes the ball is in your court. There are a ton of garments you can make to accent your wardrobe, hats, scarves, market bags. I would suggest that you stick to a theme when doing this. A color pallet at the very least, you don’t want to look like an advertisement for the circus coming to town. Displaying the hard (or not so hard) work you’ve done on your knitted garments is all that much more satisfying when you’ve coordinated them correctly.
Last but not least, ask someone! Probably not your husband, because if he’s anything like mine, I’m still trying to instill the rule that one doesn’t wear stripes with spots. Generally, they’re willing to tell us we look fabulous no matter what we’re wearing. A family member, a friend, a co-worker, or just someone you know who’s not fashion-challenged. Odds are, they would love to share their knowledge and you’ll learn something in the exchange.
Now with those guidelines out there, feel free to wear your stripes out of the house. I feel I should also note that there are no fashion rules for knitting all sorts of different stripes and patterns at the same time. You can have as many on the needles as you have needles for. Knit away my fashionistas!
This is part 2 of 4 in this series.
Go back to part 1: How to knit with self-striping yarn
Go to part 3: 4 free patterns to knit up using self-striping yarn