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Classic Two-tone Stripes
These stripes are what people tend to think of first when stripes are mentioned. These stripes stick to just two colours in alternating bands and can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal. However, horizontal stripes seem to be somewhat taboo in women’s clothes because many people think they create the appearance of extra width. Thankfully, this isn’t necessarily true! If your clothing is rectangular in shape, like a tank top or straight skirt, the Helmholtz illusion takes effect and the horizontal stripes actually create a slimming effect. So if you like horizontal stripes don’t worry about width! Try some out and see how fantastic they look.
Black and white is a timeless option when it comes to stripes. They’re bold, the colouring is simple, and they can be matched with just about any colour (and some prints, too!). The Preppy Crop Top is a modern piece and so great for New Zealand’s summer weather! Pair it with a Popsicle Corset Mini Skirt in black for a sleek outfit that allows the stripes to be the focus. For a totally striped look, go for Lilika’s Voila Dress in black and white stripes. This slim-fitting dress will certainly make a statement wherever you wear it! For a lighter look, choose stripes in colour—the Lime Striped Madam Skirt has a beautifully simple stripe in white and green and looks great with a solid top like the Dainty White Top. The stripes really stand out in this two-colour look.
If you want a change from horizontal stripes, give vertical or diagonal a try! Diagonal stripes are especially slimming when they point downward and meet in the centre of a garment and two-tone vertical stripes can create incredible impact. Try a maxi dress with diagonal stripes or a pair of vertically striped skinnies!
Stripes come in many forms and those with a combination of stripe widths and colours can be extra fun! The irregularity creates a feeling that is lighthearted and laid-back. This kind of stripe is typically found in horizontal only, but if you come across vertical or diagonal varied stripes in your shopping, try them on! You might just love them. In the meantime, drop by Lilika’s online boutique and check out our Daisy Striped Shorts. These shorts feature thin, jagged stripes in a combination of several lovely colours that make them so easy to create an outfit around! Simply choose a top in a colour similar to one of the colours in the print and shoes that match another.
Textures and Chevrons
Though stripes are often thought of as a print, textural stripes are a fabulous option too. When stripes are woven or knit into the fabric, the garment can be a single colour which offers the simplicity of a solid and the interest of a print. Take the Besotted Dazzle Sheath Dress for example—this Lilika exclusive is entirely emerald green with a stunning vertical stripe pattern throughout. It’s sleek because of its single hue colour scheme and highly stylish with the addition of the fabric’s texture.
Straight, solid lines aren’t the only stripes out there! There are so many options when it comes to stripes and wave and chevron prints are exciting members of the stripe family that fit into this trend too. They feature the same strips of colour but with ups and downs along the way. The Minx Red Dress is made from a gorgeous chevron lace that has the stripe effect with clean, sharp zigzags. Its vibrant colours and subtle texture make it remarkably fashion-forward. For a more casual—but still vivacious—chevron, try a print that has less defined lines like that of the Electra Skirt. The unique fabric has clear bands of colour but with jagged edges that allow the colour to mix a little more than in a traditional stripe.