Spring Fashion: Stylish Striped Dresses

Thursday, April 30, 2009

--By Kim Moshtaghi

BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Striped Crepe Dress

Available at: bloomingdales.com

Stripes aren’t just on the American flag, but all over the fashion scene as well. With all different colors and dress styles, stripes are always sure to make you look taller and thinner if vertical, or give a curvier when wearing horizontal. With great summer styles that incorporate the striped pattern, there isn’t a striped dress that I don’t like.

Keep your body type in mind when purchasing striped dresses-- if you are short and have a thicker build you may want to stay away from light colored horizontal striped dresses. But, on the other hand, if you need the extra illusion of weight to give you a more curvaceous body, horizontal stripes may be your answer. I have found a striped dress to flatter every body type. Embrace the stripes; it’s simplicity at its best!

Speaking of simplicity, I found a classy dress by BCBGMAXAZRIA that will floor you. It’s white with thick black stripes. This Striped Crepe Dress will be flattering on any body shape and it will give the illusion that you are thinner and taller, now who doesn’t need that? With the black and white color combination you not only look great, but classy and you can wear any color shoes and accessories as long as you tie it in.

Mike & Chris Thurman Asymmetrical Striped Silk Dress in Bone/Cinder
Mike & Chris Thurman Silk Dress

Available at: revolveclothing.com

For a more laid back boho look, Mike and Chris have a great casual striped dress. It’s a bone and cinder color combination, a very earthy and cool look. This Thurman Asymmetrical Striped Silk Dress is more of a daytime dress that you can wear while you’re shopping and running errands. It’s not too short, which makes it appropriate and there are side pockets, convenient for a cell phone or keys. I love the off-the-shoulder part of the dress and the thin sexy strap holding the other half of the dress. The thick horizontal stripes give the body a wider appearance, and this dress is casual and should be worn baggier. So, once again know thyself!

My last pick is a dress by Nine West. I love this Cap-Sleeve Striped Dress, its so flirty feminine. I think this would look lovely on all body types. It’s so girly and sexy at the same time. The accentuated bust with the v-neckline and banded empire waist with ruching is adorable. This dress is great for the ladies who are self conscious about their booties, because it does a great job covering it! The light canary yellow stripes with white give it a splash of summer. What do you know… just in time!
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.