Stripes and Polka Dots

Courtney Charbonneau

Thu August 27, 2015 7:28pm

Understanding shapes and how they connect to style is a useful way to create unique outfits. Whether you’re an outgoing person or have a more down-to-Earth nature, shapes can really add flavor while making your personality stand out.
Let’s start off with polka dots. Don’t picture the big bright ones elementary students draw in art class; picture smaller black or solid-colored ones. You can use color and accessories to spice it up. Try adding a thin colored belt to your jeans to add a pop of color or simply wear colored pumps.
Stripes seem to scare off the average woman. There’s no need to cross them off your list just yet. You’ve probably heard horizontal stripes make you appear wider and vertical stripes make you appear thinner. That’s true most of the time if you wear it solo. A trick to avoid looking wider is to layer a blazer of sweater with a cinched-in waist. This will draw attention to the thinnest part of your waist rather than looking like a box. One thing to keep in mind about stripes is to never pair horizontal stripes with vertical stripes in the same outfit.
Shapes designed into clothes are stand-out pieces to incorporate into your closet. It’s almost like architecture on your body. Cutouts are a fairly new trend that can be worn by all ages. A top with a cutout in the back is a versatile, sexy or sophisticated look depending on what you’re looking for. If you’d like a more subtle touch, add a lace camisole underneath to hide bare skin.
Triangles are another shape to keep an eye out for. Triangles can be found on your feet as you finish off your look with a pair of pointed-toe heels. The great thing about that is it gives you a lift in the height department. Triangles can also be found in V-neck tops and blouses. If you’d like a more sophisticated look, fill in the empty area with a staple necklace. Triangles can even be found in maxi skirts with a side slit.
Always remember to use your style as a way to let your personality shine through. One of the first things people notice is what you’re wearing. Shapes add layers, texture and creativity. Shapes are just one of the many tools you can incorporate into your outfit that offer a wow-factor.