This coral dress is a great example of stripes working to your advantage. The angular stripes on the bodice mimic the v-neck and create the illusion of a wrap dress (which is one of the most universally flattering styles). The lighter stripes actually help to tone down the bright coral while adding a detail that makes this simple silhouette exude summer elegance.
Although I am a huge proponent of stripes as a way to add color, pattern and detail to an ensemble, I know that I have not managed to convince everyone. Stripes still have a reputation for making people look wide (although in my experience I have found that horizontal stripes on your top will accentuate your smallest part to create an hourglass look) and can be intimidating to someone not used to high color contrast. The items I am featuring today all have at least one stripe in them, but they are done in a way that doesn't feel quite so stripe-y.
Colorblocking is another easy way to add a stripe of color without your entire outfit screaming "nautical." Look for thin stripes of colorblock so that they don't interfere with the line of the dress. A stripe or two of color at the bottom of a dress or skirt is a perfect way to add an extra pop without worrying that you are dressed like a zebra.
When playing with stripes, remember that your accessories can add to the effect. Tuck in your striped top and add a belt in a complementary color or layer a few long necklaces to continue the pattern.
There is a stripe out there for everyone so even if you've been wary of them in the past, try something unexpected the next time you go shopping.
This season, the big trend in stripes is to play with width. Look for items that have non-uniform stripes or for stripes that don't cover the entire garment to get that little extra bang into your outfit. If you feel that stripes generally overwhelm you, try pairing them under blazers or cardigans to minimize the effect or look for color-on-color stripes that have minimal contrast.
Not shying away from bold stripes? This is a great season to go wild with both color and stripe width. The key is to choose something that is mostly comprised of neutral colors but has high contrast and one or two bright pops. Here are my favorites of the stripiest pieces out there right now: