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Flattering Stripes: Yes, it’s possible!

For decades Irish mammies have been instilling a life-long fear of the striped pattern into their daughters. We have all heard the old ‘stripes are fattening’ theory and most of us have never thought to question it. However this season, old habits are set to be changed as the horizontal trend dominates the skirts, shirts…

For decades Irish mammies have been instilling a life-long fear of the striped pattern into their daughters. We have all heard the old ‘stripes are fattening’ theory and most of us have never thought to question it.

However this season, old habits are set to be changed as the horizontal trend dominates the skirts, shirts and cocktail dresses of the SS15 runways, with fashion designers such as Michael Kors and Victoria Beckham leading the way.

Don’t panic – that’s a good thing. Once and for all I have banished my fear of stripes, and with a little help from the Littlewoods Ireland Spring/Summer collection, I have even discovered a new found love for them.

Despite what you have heard in the past, there are ways to wear stripes that that will flatter your shape. This season’s striped trend is all about small embellishments or ruched fabrics, which work with the pattern for a flattering effect (as opposed to fattening!) and I have chosen three of my favourite styles to help you get your own stripe crush.
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So go ahead, line up and pick your favourite look.

The Sixties Zig-zag 

This season the stripe has been transformed. It’s not all about straight lines and monotones. Designers are nodding back to retro trends and are experimenting with patterns and colour. This pretty lace dress from Coleen is right on style with its bold zig-zag pattern and flared sleeves.

This funky look is complimented by the feminine flow of the dress and its sultry, semi-transparent material. Pick up the blue tones of the dress with this trendy blue tote bag and a pair of these open toe navy heels for a structured finish. Perfect your look with a touch of navy eyeshadow for a smoky eye effect.

The classic monochrome 

caroline-striped-dress-monochrome dressTrying to achieve a sophisticated-come-trendy look without the tassels or the hassle can be difficult. However, this black and white striped pencil skirt from Definitions is effortlessly chic and classic; the perfect centre-piece for a day at the office or that lunch date.

It was one of Caroline Morahan’s favourite pieces from our SS15 collection.

This skirt’s front belt-tie gives it that stylish, contemporary edge and best of all, will flatter your waist.

Maintain your edgy chic look with a loose white shirt and to finish off, add a small colour contrast with a pair of red velour court shoes and matching moisturising red lipstick.

The floral and stripe affair

striped floral dressWhen I heard about the stripes-meet-floral trend for SS15, I have to admit, I was slightly alarmed. Multi-patterned combinations can be tricky to pull off. However a lot of designers this season have had success and this Spring shift dress from French Connection is a perfect example.

Royal blue panels and bold white stripes offer a sharp and pretty contrast against a pale blue floral pattern, which is neatly framed within the solid blocks of colour. This dress is feminine and funky, with a mod edge that will turn heads in the office or on a night out with the girls. Match your dress with a pair of these royal blue heels with a stunning gold finish, and this cute blue clutch.


For more tips on Spring/Summer style, read our blogs on One shoulder dress – three ways to wear it and this season’s retro trend.

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