How to Master the Stripe-on-Stripe Look

With stripes being too uniform and oftentimes boring, a great way to liven a striped item up is by matching it with another striped piece. However, this may prove to be quite tricky since stripes can make for awkward matches when done haphazardly.

Here are five tips to work the stripe-on-stripe magic:

1. Go all out matchy-matchy

Gaby-of-Moda-CapitalGaby of Moda Capital

If you’ve had enough of the striped leggings-and-crop-top combination, you can try a little variety by doing a vest-and-shorts combination. Go with a pair that is cut out from the same fabric for that effortlessly chic throw-on-and-go look. Pair it with metallic cap toe pumps.

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Forever-21-Jimmy-Choo-Dorothy-PerkinsForever 21 Striped Moto Vest, $27.80 / High-Waisted Nautical Striped Shorts, $14.80/ Dorothy Perkins White Short Sleeve Slash Tee, £5 / Jimmy Choo Bahama Snake Cap-Toe Pump in Black/Silver, $695

2. Utilize the pinstripe

Lisa-of-Just-Another-Fashion-BlogLisa of Just Another Fashion Blog

We like to set the pinstripe apart from the rest of the stripe family because of its ability to create an entirely different feel all on its own (aka very subtle stripes). Used mainly in suits, the pinstripe can be paired with wider stripe widths to create a smart casual ensemble. Slip into a pair of ponyhair sneakers to finish the look.

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Topshop-T-by-Alexander-Wang-OfficeT by Alexander Wang Stripe Knit Top in Black & White, $169 (before: $260) / Topshop Pinstripe Peg Trousers, £42 / Office Kilter Slip On Black White Pony, £55 /

3. Match different stripe widths

Michele-of-The-Fashion-FractionMichéle of The Fashion Fraction

Pinstripe aside, learn to play with other stripe widths and mix and match them. You may also experiment with orientation by mixing vertically and horizontally striped pieces. If the stripes tend to be too bold for fancy shoes, choose a pair of nude heels to let the patterns stand out.

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Ann-Demeulemeester-BCBGMaxazria-Shoe-Cult-Alice-OliviaAnn Demeulemeester Blanche Striped Shirt, $379.61 / Alice + Olivia Marella Striped Cotton-Blend Mini Skirt, £113.50 (before: £252.22) / BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Metallic Envelope Clutch, $79.99 (before: $88) / Shoe Cult Adore Sandal, $68

4. Play with colors

Michele-of-The-Fashion-Fraction1Michéle of The Fashion Fraction

Now that you have the varying stripe width technique down, you can play with different colors. Match a black and white striped skirt with a red and white top to make the look a bit more interesting. If it feels too loud, you can throw on a denim top to neutralize the ensemble. Finish with an oversized bag and ankle cuff pointed toe heels.

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Brooks-Brothers-The-Iconic-Topshop-Dolce-VitaBrooks Brothers Silk Stripe Buttondown Shirt, $238 (before: $595) / The Iconic Clear Lines Skirt, $62.96 (before: $89.95) / Dolce Vita Kana Suede Pumps, $111.30 (before: $159) / Topshop Moto Contrast Pocket Shirt, £35

5. Experiment with texture

Toshiko-of-Its-Not-Her-Its-MeToshiko of It’s Not Her It’s Me

To take things to the next level, you can opt to play with textures by mixing a cotton top with a knitted cardigan. To make the ensemble even more interesting, slip into a pair of floral shorts to work the pattern-on-pattern look as well.

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Modcloth-Suerdry-Elizabeth-and-James-MoschinoSuperdry Hepburn Breton Top, $50 / Moschino Silk Floral Print Shorts, £455 / Elizabeth and James Striped Knitted Cardigan, £285 / In with the Fringe Crowd Heel, $183.99

6. Go for a conservative stripe

Diya-of-Diya-In-Her-StilettosDiya of Diya In Her Stilettos

To go for a muted stripe-on-stripe look, choose a skirt that only has one stripe on it (or at least the only visible stripe). Pair it with a loudly colored striped top to complement it. To neutralize the loudness, throw on an anorak and finish the look with black suede pumps.

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Petit-Bateau-Max-and-Mia-Gucci-DKNYDKNY Silk Striped Top in Charming Pink, £84 (before: £168) / Petit Bateau Striped Skirt, $73.30 (before: $104.71) / Max & Mia Cotton Anorak, $108 / Gucci Black Suede Platform Pumps, $520 (before: $650)

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