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Master Your Stripes

How to wear stripes, celebrity street style  2014; spring/summer outfit ideas,

Photos: Taylor Swift & Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of AKM-GSI, OliviaPalermo.com.

Lines have a great impact on camouflaging or enhancing our body shape. The effect is most clearly highlighted by high-contrasting stripes. Take this striped dress on Taylor Swift for example: the variegated lines, combined with strategically placed black side panels, result a visually slimming look. 

Accessories, once again, played a big part in their outfits: a demure, sophisticated handbag and cool, retro oxford pumps balanced the sexiness of Taylor Swift’s mini body-con dress, while Olivia Palermo chose a structured colorblock satchel and lux calf-hair print slipper to elevate the casualness of her stripe tee.

In Chinese: 线条对整体着装的影响很大,对比强烈的条纹尤其能说明这一点。拿小天后泰勒·斯维芙特(Taylor Swift)的这条裙子来说吧:它的条纹从胸线以下变得密集起来,再加上侧边黑色的拼接,视觉上非常显瘦。

除了线条的作用,这两个造型再一次提醒了我们配饰的影响力:泰勒·斯维芙特(Taylor Swift)优雅的裸色方包学院风的牛津包鞋平衡了她包身迷你短裙的性感;奥利维亚·巴勒莫 (Olivia Palermo)则用有趣又有正式感的撞色手包和波纹马毛鞋提升条纹T恤的休闲感。

How to wear stripes, celebrity street style  2014; spring/summer outfit ideas,   Clockwise from top left:  Lipstick: Stila 'stay all day' liquid lipstick in 'Fiery'   Dress: Topshop striped bodycon dress (yes, it's the one on Swift; also here)  Shoe: Yves Saint Laurent Light Brown Suede Tasseled Lace-Up Tooled Oxford Pumps (on sale! similar here & here)  Bag: Prada Saffiano Medium Double Zip Top-Handle Bag (6 more colors here! similar here)

Clockwise from top left:
Lipstick: Stila in ‘Fiery’
Dress: Topshop (yes, it’s the one on Swift; also here)
Shoe: Yves Saint Laurent (on sale! similar here & here)
Bag: Prada (6 more colors here! similar here)

How to wear stripes, celebrity street style  2014; spring/summer outfit ideas,   Clockwise from top left:  Top: Loft PETITE PIECED STRIPE LONG SLEEVE TEE (another great style here!)  Sunglasses: MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Emerson' 59mm Studded Sunglasses  Nail polish: Christian Louboutin Beauté 'Rouge Louboutin' Nail Colour (A color that took the designer three years to perfect!)  Shorts: Each Other Leather Colorblock Shorts in Blue/White/Navy (similar here, included in the 70% off + extra 25% off Tibi sale!)  Belt: B-Low The Belt Baby Colette Belt  Shoe: Saint Laurent Tiger-print calf hair point-toe flats (similar here & here)  Bag: C.Blau Handbags Harlow Clutch (a great colorblock satchel on sale here!)

Clockwise from top left:
Top: Loft (another great style here!)
Sunglasses: MICHAEL Michael Kors
Nail polish: Christian Louboutin (A color that took the designer three years to perfect!)
Shorts: Each Other (similar here, included in the 70% off + extra 25% off Tibi sale!)
Belt: B-Low
Shoe: Saint Laurent (similar here & here)
Bag: C.Blau (a great colorblock satchel on sale here!)

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Summer Chic: Plaids & Checks

Olivia Palermo style 2014; how to wear plaids and checks; menswear trend

Photos: Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of oliviapalermo.com.

 An unexpected, crisp and oh-so-chic summer look from Olivia Palermo. We have seen her in mixed checks here. For this look she combined them with another classic pattern–plaids. The various directions of the lines add charm and modern vibe to the look. Menswear loafer toughens up the flowy shirt and flirty peplum hem skirt while an embellished clutch bag adding just right amount of color, glamour and luxe touch. This is a very versatile look that is great for casual or dressy occasions.

In Chinese: 又一个来自纽约街拍女王奥利维亚·巴勒莫 (Olivia Palermo)的清爽夏日搭配。还记得上次她穿小方格的造型吗?这次她把两种完全不同的格纹混搭在一起,线条的变化给黑白色的单品注入了动感。男士风的尖头皮鞋平衡了小女人味的褶边迷你裙串珠和流苏装饰的宝蓝色手包加入了恰到好处的色彩点缀和奢华感。这个造型休闲正式皆相宜,帅性又不失甜美。

Olivia Palermo style 2014; how to wear plaids and checks.  Clockwise from top left:   Shirt: Rails Hunter Button Down Shirt (also love the cuffed sleeve version)  Skirt: ASOS Scuba Peplum Hem Skirt In Check Print (20% off with PARTYINTHEUSA)  Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs Sunglasses Two Tone Sunglasses (similar here)  Bag: Emilio Pucci Embellished satin clutch (on sale! similar here)  Nail: Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Nail Polish   Shoe: Prada Black Leather Pointed Toe Heel Loafers (similar here & here  here)

Clockwise from top left:
Shirt: Rails (also love the cuffed sleeve version)
Skirt: ASOS (20% off with PARTYINTHEUSA)
Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs (similar here)
Bag: Emilio Pucci (on sale! similar here)
Nail: Bobbi Brown
Shoe: Prada (similar here & here)

 

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Modernize Your Stripes

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Photos: Diane Kruger & Olivia Palermo; Courtesy of instyle.comstarstyle.com.

Since Coco Chanel introduced Breton stripes to the fashion world, this print has become part of fashion history. This year, thanks to top designers like Marc Jacobs, this classic pattern takes major role again. Trends don’t simply repeat themselves, so let’s take a hint from today’s featured ladies above, learn how to give classic stripes a modern and unexpected twist in three simple ways:

Mix it with another on-trend print, either botanical patterns like this Balmain printed pants on Anja Rubik, or dynamic leopard print like those on Diane Kruger & Olivia Palermo above. The key to mixing prints is making sure they are in the same color family and with similar proportions. They should complement each other rather than compete.

Brighten up the monochrome look with a pop of color: For black/white striped clothing, try bright red, sunny yellow or cobalt blue; For blue/white stripes, since blue is a primary color, the other two primary colors yellow and red will complement it very well.

Last but not least, finish the look with modern or unexpected accessories. The menswear inspired Oxford, like that on Olivia Palermo, is a great example. If that’s not your thing, an oversized metal watch, leopard sunglasses or of-the-moment pumps will keep your ensemble up-to-date without looking overdone.

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Dress: Dorothy Perkins (great style here; the designer version on Kruger is by Preen)
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (reminiscent of Chanel 2.55, with a fraction of the cost!)
Shoes: Söfft (also here; $40 here)
Watch: Michael Kors (gold version here)
Belt: Cole Haan

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Top: Oasis (great buy here & here)
Skirt: Tibi
Bag: Dooney & Bourke (featured here)
Shoes: Munro (also available here; $60 here)
Sunglasses: Karen Walker (similar here)
Bracelet: Reiss