By: Cynthia Ramsay Noel of Flight of the Fat Girl
Fashion do’s & don’ts have existed since the dawn of man (I have no evidence to back this up, but come onnn, you know they did).
Now, I don’t know who the first woman was to decide to rock a moss bikini, or a grass skirt instead of a fig leaf, but she knew the deal – rules were meant to be broken.
As plus size women, many of us have been raised with a much stricter set of these rules, but for me, one in particular stands out…
We’ve heard it on TV, we’ve read it in countless articles in fashion magazines, and we’ve even heard our own mothers echo their words – plus size women should never wear horizontal stripes.
So, being the rebel that I am, and in order to prove that we CAN look fabulous in horizontal stripes, I headed over to Penningtons to do a little research.
I love how versatile stripes can be, especially incorporated into a casual weekend look! The first outfit that I tried on is simple and relaxed, yet so effortlessly chic. This breezy, striped tank top paired with great white jeans nails a look of sophistication with ease. All I’m missing is the yacht!
They are flowy and flattering in this bright, beachy look! Doesn’t this dress just make you want lather on some sunscreen, put on your biggest brimmed hat, and head out to a beachfront barbecue, or backyard pool party under the sun!? Yes please! Pass the mojitos!!!
Horizontal stripes can be super fun and flirty too! Pair a cute striped tee, like this sharkbite hemmed top with the perfect skirt, and a pretty belt, and the results will be sure to have you feeling sassy! (Trust me, I’m not even joking, I’m straight up, oozing sass right here!)
Dress up your stripes and take them along on date night! Wear a sexy striped dress, like this amazing little number, paired with a great shoe!
Or go totally casual and throw on this adorable dress, for a chic, on-the-go look! I can so see myself running after my kids at the park and the stress, and them not listening, naturally.
And lastly, my absolute fave look of them all! Although a perennial classic, horizontal stripes can be totally bold! This timeless striped, nautical coloured top looks strikingly edgy when paired with these awesome red capris, and the coolest striped blazer I’ve ever seen! (Thank you, fashion gods!!!)
There you have it! Proof that horizontal stripes aren’t off limits to us women of size! So have fun with your stripes, no matter which direction they may go, and most importantly of all, follow in the footsteps of that first babe to toss the fig leaf in lieu of something more daring (not that that’s actually even possible, but you get my point), and wear what you love, because at the end of the day, you are the one who makes the rules!!!