Spring 2011 Trend: “Curves and Stripes”

I did a post a few weeks ago on what the top trends for Spring/Summer 2011 will be. One of those top trends this year will be stripes. But as one reader brought to my attention, how does a “curvy” woman wear this trend the correct way? Firstly I would suggest not overdoing it. If you have on a stripe top then for pete’s sake please don’t wear striped bottoms at the same time. If you happen to be a “hippy” woman then camouflage that area with a long length stripe shirt and a pair of plain colored bottoms. When wearing a striped skirt go for a cami and cardigan look up top in the darkest color of the skirt. Striped jackets can also be pulled off with a curvy figure by adding a wide belt to it. Here are a few examples:

(Above) Designer stripe looks from Moschino and Prada

(Below) Plus-Size Version:

The above Ashley Stewart stripe “Shark Tooth Hem Sweater” can be worn to cover wide hips. Pair it with another popular Spring 2011 trend, white jeggings,  to complete the look.

$39 each at www.ashleystewart.com

The above coat is a zig zag print but is very similar to the stripe design. I would throw on a wide black or red belt with this.

Sizes 12-24    $558   www.annascholz.com


Image 4 of ASOS CURVE Stripe Dress

The above dress can be viewed as plain and frumpy but by adding a belt, tights and the right accessories, a curvy chick can pull this one off. I’m thinking that yellow would really make this dress pop!

ASOS CURVE Stripe Dress   $69   Sizes 16-22   http://us.asos.com


The  CYNTHIA TWIST DRESS has a gathered belt to accent your waist area. The knit jersey material will flatter your curvy figure

$108   Sizes 0x-5x  www.kiyonna.com


Or do a nautical look such as above by pairing a stripe shirt with a short shrug to take all the focus off of the stripes

Ivory and Red Stripe Bonjour L’Amour Top   $34   www.torrid.com


JMS Stripe Scoopneck Sweater   $11.99   Sizes 1X-4X  www.justmysize.com