Whether to pick vertical or horizontal stripes is a mystery for many, but it’s rather simple to decipher. If you’re tall or lanky, your physique would benefit from horizontal stripes. On the other hand, if you want to create the illusion of looking taller or slimmer, vertical stripes are your best bet.
When it comes to looking stylish in stripes, pay attention to the width of the stripes. Thin ones, also known as pinstripes, are perfect for vertically-striped formal shirts, while slightly broader ones work well with both vertically and horizontally-striped pieces. But if you’re keen on chunky stripes, opt for them only if you’re picking horizontally-striped pieces.
If you’re flummoxed about pairing your striped shirt with a tie, play it safe with a solid-coloured one. You could also pick a diagonally striped one as long as you ensure that the stripes are of a different width. Additionally, checked and polka-dotted ties make for good options! When it comes to belts and socks, pick solid-coloured ones to stop the look from becoming cluttered.
Once you’re comfortable with picking striped shirts, don’t shy away from moving on to bolder pieces such as a pinstripe suit or pants. They add subtle variation to your ensemble and are right up there in our list of classy office-wear prints. For additions to your casual wardrobe, consider a breezy seersucker blazer that’s perfect for summer.
Written By : Shirley Mistry