Greetings Fashion Friends,
I’m Shanequa of Fashion Pad blog and I’m so excited to be today’s guest editor for my girl Ashley while she’s on vacay! I stalk her blog faithfully so I feel right at home 😉
The Spring runways and resort fashions delved into bright color, florals, dropped waist silhouettes, and an oldie but goodie, stripes! Well, according to the fashion experts, there are optimal ways to wear this fun pattern. Apparently, if you’re bottom heavy, you should avoid horizontal stripes. They say horizontal stripes “widen” the area as opposed to vertical stripes, which “slim” the area. Another fashion rule our experts caution us about is the length of our hem lines. If you’re vertically challenged (like me), you should avoid midi lengths and cropped pant hems. These lengths will make you appear stumpy. So basically, you should either wear short hemlines, anywhere from around 3-4 inches above the knee, or long hemlines that graze the top of your feet. Hmmm, let’s put these rules to the test.
So as you can see, I’m wearing a midi skirt, with horizontal stripes on a 5’2″ frame. YIKES! LOL!
You should never be afraid to wear what works for your body and makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Midi skirts can successfully be rocked by my petite divas by pairing the skirt/dress with an open/closed toe shoe. The key is to avoid cutting off the line of your leg with an ankle strap, or pairing with a shootie (shoe/bootie) that will further shorten your legs. I chose a peep toe platform pump to give me the appearance of added height.
The addition of a pop of color with the red patent belt and my rock chic handbag adds interest to this simple look.
I selected horizontal stripes in deep colors in a silhouette that complements my frame….not competes for attention. Honestly, the red belt acts as the true focal point of my outfit and the cut of the skirt reduces any “widening” the stripes could have portrayed 😉
Earrings – Forever 21
Tank – Urban Outfitters
Belt and Skirt – Forever 21
Ring – Street Vendor
Handbag – Nordstrom Rack
Pumps – Steve Madden
I hope you enjoyed my post. The rules of fashion are not finite. I never advise folk to throw caution to the wind, however, I do believe that you can tailor a certain look to your personal style by following key steps like those I demonstrated above 🙂 Feel free to stop by Fashion Pad for any outfit requests, styling challenges, and all things fashion!
::ASW Speaking:: Love the midi skirt! I love the stripes in the skirt. Thanks again for participating 🙂