Do Stripes Make You Look Fat?

Like ANY OTHER article of clothing, will these make you look fat?— the answer is a yes and a hard no.

Here we'll set out to prove that although there are some stripe-y articles of clothing that are less than flattering, there's an equal, if not more plentiful, amount of stylish stripes to cancel them out.

Not all horizontal stripes will make you look wider, and not all black dresses will make you look slimmer. Catch our drift? It can be challenging to discern a skinny stripe from a fat cat cheshire stripe— although the cheshire cat is so darn charming.

Alas, here are the best striped pieces of clothing (with our expert advice) that, to put it bluntly, won't make you look fat.

Have some sort of structure within your striped dress

Jonathan Simkhai's striped dress will make both skinny and curvy girls look like a million bucks. It has contrasting stripes (which isn't always a good idea, but here it works) and a self tie, allowing the dress to be cinched tighter at the waist. The self tie aspect of this dress is its secret weapon; because of this, you can cinch the waist to make it look snatched AF.

Striped dresses are also flattering when they have a print mixed in with them. Hard to envision? Check out these mixed-media dresses, which already come expertly tailored to a women's body (aka having great structure):

Also to be noted, is that these stripes are running on a diagonal, which helps with the slimming process. AND, if these are sold out by the time you're reading this, don't stress. Shop It To Me always has new designer deals, straight from your favorite online retailers. Chances are you're already buying from Nordstrom, Barneys, Farfetch, Neiman Marcus, Intermix, etc, so why not see everything in one place? Shop It To Me is free to use, so sign-up to see all your favorite stores and sales in one fashionable place.

Longline Stripes

A beacon in a sea of crop tops, the longline silhouette shines, especially when it comes in the form of a silk blouse. Simply put, a longline garment is one that is longer than its usual cut. The longline striped blouse is a savior because it allows for optimal tucking proportions. We can't count how many times we've had issues tucking in our blouses to get the perfect balance— until along came the longline.

Lafayette 148's silk striped blouse plays double duty. It works just as well in the nighttime as it does in the office. Read our piece on Stylish & Trendy Work Clothes and you'll know exactly what we are referring to. Remember, longline vertical stripes = slimming effects.

Lafayette 148 does a really great job of covering the 4 c's — career, comfort, chic, and cutting-edge. If you don't already stalk Lafayette 148's items via Shop It To Me— you should probably get on it.


Maybe we're stating the obvious, but pinstripes are the real deal. Combining gangster AND career woman vibes, if that makes sense, Jonathan Simkhai gives us this badass blue pinstripe blazer. p.s. if you need help with What To Wear To A Job Interview, check out our latest article detailing the topic.

When you find the perfect pair of wide leg pants that no matter your height or weight, you can still pull off, AND they're striped!? You've defied all laws of anything. That's exactly how this entire look by Jonathan Simkhai will make you feel.

Not yet convinced that stripes are your thing?

Well Burberry wants to change your mind with its monogram striped tall tote and its iconic check and gauzy striped scarf.

These Burberry pieces look good together and they are the perfect Summer accoutrements to transition you straight into the Fall.

If by now you're still not sold on the stripe trend, why not try The Camo Trend? We promise we make camo look chic.

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