Proutfit: To stripe or not to stripe

I must admit, I don’t know all the technicalities that come to fashion, like horizontal stripes versus vertical stripes. Vertical stripes are supposed to make you look longer while horizontal stripes do the opposite. Technically they are a no no for large women, but I disagree. Some of my favourite tops have stripes, and I have a lot of them! All I know is that if you feel good in something, then you should go for it.

I give you my Banana Republic stripe rushed body conscious dress (ugh.. I hate that term!). But I love this dress! It’s comfy, dressy and flattering (?)… I don’t know, you tell me. Stripes are a tough one. For one thing, the dress does not photograph well, as the stripes get thinner you see that it plays an illusion with your eyes. The rushing on the side helps to cover up any imperfections like chub lines or belly button valleys (PS- I hate the belly button valley! I feel like it’s screaming “hey, look at me! No abs here”).

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How fantastic does my Invicta watch look in this pic! Bought it on amazon for a crazy cheap price! Notice the side rushing on the dress? I actually wore this dress when I was pregnant. I love it.
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Banana Republic striped dress I bought 3 years ago. Still loving it!
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I paired my dressed with my taupe Enzo Angiolini pumps! Love them!

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  1. This is the look I struggle with. There are so many great outfits with stripes right now. I started with a shirt… I think it’s OK. You are more brave than me with the overall striped dress! My question always is whats better with our body types ( I’m like you) wide , narrow, Wide and narrow, ARgH what to do? I like this narrow stripe on you 😉

    1. Liz- according to my calculation, that’s an hourglass figure! The best shape to have!
      I am totally wearing a solid bra, control underwear and wearing the belt to help accentuate my waste.
      Just try it first with a sweater and see how it goes. Not every outfit is a hit. Thanks for the comment and the love! Chantsy

  2. I think you nailed it when you said if you feel good in something you should wear it! I’m plus size as well and love stripes too!

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