Stars in Stripes

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Stars in Stripes
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Stripes are a versatile fashion classic that anyone can sport. Whether you’re looking to set yourself out from the crowd at a cocktail party or you’re searching for a casual but spunky wardrobe staple, there’s bound to be a striped piece to fit your needs. And just like us, some of our favorite celebrities have embraced the pattern. If you think they’ve earned their stripes with these fashion choices, find out how to make their styles work for you.

Black and White and Worn All Over
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Black and White and Worn All Over

Sheryl Crow enjoys a mix of trends with this black and white-striped maxi dress. Black and white stripes are a classic combination that anyone can rock, no matter your hair color or skin tone. When wearing a striped maxi like Crow's, remember to avoid looking cluttered by keeping accessories to a minimum. She pairs the dress with simple gold jewelry and a white watch.

Debunking a Myth
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Debunking a Myth

Kaycee Stroh proves that horizontal stripes can be worn by anyone—even ladies with a curvy frame. She jazzes up a simple navy and gray-striped frock with bright red accessories. The addition of a wide belt cinches the dress at the waist, emphasizing her curves in a piece that might have otherwise looked too baggy or shapeless. Stroh completes the ensemble with a bright red lip and layered curls.

Optical Illusions
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Optical Illusions

Hayden Panettiere ditches the LBD in favor of a little red mini-dress, and the result is stunning. The diagonal black stripes make the number interesting, and they also work with Panettiere’s athletic figure by amping up the curves of her waist and hips. Well-placed stripes can help create flattering illusions for many body types, so experiment with different styles based on your shape.

Penciled Perfection
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Penciled Perfection

Craving some sexy stripes for a night on the town? Try a striped pencil skirt, like the one Rosie Huntington-Whiteley dons with a teal tank and wide belt. If you’re weary of looking too wide in the stripes, pair the skirt with a jacket that will provide a bit of coverage. If you’re ready to wear your stripes with pride, tuck a blouse into the skirt for a streamlined look. Pair with sky-high heels and a clutch and you’re ready to go.

A Sailor's Favorite
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A Sailor's Favorite

Rose Byrne opts for a classic with a nautical black and white-striped T-shirt. The tan blazer and black pumps dress up the outfit, but black and white stripes are versatile enough to work for any occasion. For a casual summer look, pair with your favorite denim shorts or a light linen pant. Finish up with simple makeup like Byrne’s bronzer and berry lipstick.

Sheer Brilliance
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Sheer Brilliance

The trend of sheer shirts is popular but intimidating as you’ve got to strike the delicate balance between classy and tacky. Laura Whitmore is on point with her sheer black and white collared button-up; the contrast between the stripes keeps attention focused on the shirt itself rather than what’s underneath. If you’re trying out a sheer shirt, take Whitmore’s cue and opt for simple undergarments like a black bra—a bright color or print would be way too distracting.

From Day to Night
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From Day to Night

How do you transform a simple shorts and tank top combination into a chic look? Follow Jessie Malakouti’s lead and throw a blazer and colorful heels into the mix. A striped blazer or jacket is not only an aesthetically-pleasing addition, but it’s also a practical way to make a daytime outfit work for the cooler evening temperatures. Stay comfortable and fashionable!

Mixed-Print Madness
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Mixed-Print Madness

The First Lady of Fashion strikes again, this time with a casual look. Michelle Obama mixes prints and colors by pairing a black and white polka dot shirt with a red and whited-striped cardigan. The combination is fun and youthful, two adjectives that can also describe the First Lady. If you want to mix up your prints and patterns, a simple striped piece is a good base; pair with a print that incorporates one of the colors in the stripes.

Long Story Short
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Long Story Short

Shorts are usually associated with lazy summer afternoons in the sun, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up a pair for a more formal occasion—just check out Doutzen Kroe’s sleek style. The black and white stripes on the shorts are thin and subtle, while the length of the fabric and the gold buttons make them classy rather than casual. A simple black clutch and a layered necklace polish off the look.

Pinstripes, Please
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Pinstripes, Please

Looking to spruce up your wardrobe for the office? Try adding a bit of flair with striped pants in a light color, like Marisa Tomei’s grey and white pair. A light pinstripe print will work all year round: in the summer months, tuck in a sleeveless blouse and slide on your favorite flats; in the winter, wear with a warm sweater or a blazer and pumps.

It's in the Bag
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It's in the Bag

Handbags and clutches are a great fashion tool because they can add a punch of the unexpected in the form of a funky pattern or a bright color. Just check out Diane Kruger, who mixes up her playful polka dot style with a sophisticated striped clutch. The matching black and white color scheme pulls together all elements of the outfit, and Kruger’s delicate bracelet and strappy black platforms make it more formal.

Walk the Line
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Walk the Line

Goodbye, Hannah Montana! Miley Cyrus moves far away from her Disney days in this white tuxedo jacket with a plunging neckline. She complements the number with a pair of black and white-striped heels, which add a hint of glamour to an otherwise monochromatic outfit. For an office or evening look, opt for a pair of striped pumps; or if you’re going for a more casual style, a striped slip-on or flat will be comfortable and sassy.

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