While I enjoy wearing some of the trending fashions, I prefer to engage in those that work best with my already modern-classic style aesthetic. So you would think I would have been all over this classic trend before now. Indeed I’m a little late to the striped sweater trend. But now that I’m in, I’m all in!
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When we talk about trends, we’re not always talking about funky, new things that will feel ill at ease in our closets within just a few months. In fact, my favorite trends are those that simply amount to swells in popularity in classic styles. For instance, right now bootcut jeans, kitten heels, the color red, slingbacks and pearls are all trending. But those classics will always have their place in my wardrobe, even after the trend begins to wane. They’re simply, as we say, “having a moment,” but they’ll never look out of style.
The same can be said of sweaters featuring bold, solid stripes, such as the cashmere camel and black crewneck sweater from LilySilk that I’m sharing today. (Use code KayH15 to get 15% off sitewide at LilySilk or use code KayH20 to get 20% off a purchase of $500+.) Like never before, I’m seeing a plethora of pullover and cardigan sweaters in this simple but impactful print. Have you noticed them, too? I’ve filled a shopping widget with some great examples below.
Maybe you noticed that the distinguishing factor in all these sweaters is that the stripes begin below the shoulders. There’s always a solid panel across the shoulder area, and then the stripes begin somewhere around the underarm seam. Sometimes they also end before the bottom portion of the sweater. It’s a small detail really. But this particular “stripe block” pattern looks very fresh and of the moment.
That said, I think stripes in general are still very on trend. If you enjoy wearing stripes, now is the time to do it.
I think a lot of us have had it drilled in our heads that stripes make us look larger. Indeed, horizontal stripes will emphasize the width of the area where they are worn. But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from them completely. It simply means we need to be a little more strategic about how we wear them.
Of course, the easiest way to minimize the visual widening of stripes is simply to wear a completer piece over them. In today’s outfit I’ve worn a leather jacket by Avec les Filles. Unfortunately it’s no longer available, but you get the idea. Wearing any jacket from your closet, especially one that coordinates nicely like this black one, will fix that visual widening.
Of course these visually slenderizing black Spanx the Perfect Pant (wearing a large) also help me to look a little slimmer. These truly are the perfect pants. I always reach for these when I want to look my most slender. Did you know these black Spanx the Perfect Pants come in petite and tall sizes, too? And they are available in x-small to 3x sizes. You’ll wear the same size you wear in Spanx shapewear, so I wear a large for a comfortable fit. Spanx also has a slenderizing hi-rise flare Perfect Pant and a wide-leg Perfect Pant, and they’re all available in a number of great colors, too.
One more tip for wearing stripes is simply to pay attention to where you place them on your body. I try to stay away from stripes on my hips, but I don’t mind them so much across this part of my torso. I’ve also found that thinner stripes read more like a print, whereas wide stripes tend to visually widen more.
Ultimately, wearing stripes is up to you. But if you’re looking for a fun easy, way to make your outfits look a little more current, I think this “stripe block” style of sweater is a smart option. Thanks so much for stopping in for a little style inspiration. I hope you have a great day!
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Blessed for My Day
Are you anxious about many things? I have to confess, I have a lot on my plate right now. It’s all good…for the most part. But sometimes I feel like I’m juggling crystal balls. Not only do I feel a little clutzy and out of my league on some of these things, but I also fear that if I “drop the ball” on anything I’ll have a mess to clean up later. Can you relate?
I’ve discovered that the only way to manage the “many things” is to focus on the One thing. It seems counterintuitive, but trust me, it works. When I begin my day with the Lord and take the time to listen to Him, lean into His plans and affirm my devotion to Him, I manage all the other things so much better. Not only that, but He assures me that if a ball is dropped, He’ll help me sweep it up. It turns out those balls are not crystal after all, just plain glass. But my relationship with Jesus is finer than much fine gold and worthy of my devotion.
But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:41-42