Sexy stripes

Dolce&Gabbana's spring/summer 2013 When you think about stripes you may not think sexy, but think again. Stripes are one of hottest trends for spring and summer and in many cases they sizzle.
 
If you are looking for an easy wardrobe update this spring think stripes. Stripes can instantly create a look when paired with wardrobe basics. Stripes are versatile. Depending on how they are used stripes run the gambit from preppy and nautical to sexy and sultry. 
 
Bold black and white stripes gave short playful dresses at Moschinoa mod look.  The graphic patterns and shapes are strong trend spotted in the spring collections of Alexander Wu, Marc Jacobs, Dolce&Gabbanaand Dior – just to name a few.
 
At Marc for Marc Jacobs, stripes update slim classic suits, cute striped skirts, and pretty pastel shorts.  There are also slinky-shirred striped jersey dresses with a slight nautical flare that stand out for versatility. Dress up these slim jersey frocks with heels, or down with flats.
 
Dolce&Gabbana’s spring summer collection sizzled with the sexy glamour of the Italian Riviera. Full-skirted, shoulder-baring dresses with cinched waists are sexy and sophisticated for warmer weather. The unexpected pairing of bold stripes with colourful floral prints is expected and seductive.
 
Ralph Lauren has a gorgeous selection of stripes, from classic nautical-themed sweaters and t-shirts to snappy little skirts to flowing dresses with European flare.
 
How to wear stripes:
 
Nautical:  Pair a classic boldly striped t-shirt or sweater with white or navy trousers for a classic look. White denim jeans or a short white denim skirt look fresh and ready to set sail paired with colourful stripes. Keep fabrics crisp and accessories classic to perfect this classic look. Espadrilles, boat shoes, and flat Italian sandals anchor this look. Update it with a bold waist cinching belt, sexy head wrap, floral print t-shirt, or a long string of pearls a la Chanel.
 
To master this look channel: CZ Guest and Ricky Lauren
 
Sexy-striped Italian Riviera look: Capture this look with a boldly-striped dress or skirt. You will want one with a full-skirt, cinched waist, and shoulder-baring neckline. Be sure to add a wide belt or a sash to accent your waist. Pair pretty striped shorts or skirts with shoulder-baring tops to show off a tan. Mix bold stripes with sexy, floral prints.Accessorize this look with oversized belts, head-wraps, gold hoop earrings, and foot- baring espadrilles are all sort cuts to this glam look.
 
To master this look channel: Vintage Pucci, Sophia Loren, and Talitha Getty.
 
Mod look: Nail this look with bold, graphic stripes and patterns. Look for bold, graphic stripes on short A-line frocks or slim-fitting suits. Keep fabrics crisp; even knits need to hold their shape for the clothes that define this trend.
 
Jewelry and belts should be shiny and oversized. Think patent, vinyl, and acrylic to capture this look.
 
A short striped skirt or trousers paired with a fitted t-shirt and accented with an oversized patent or chain link belt is an easy way jump on this trend.  Skirts should be short and boldly graphic. Trousers can be slim and fitted, or flowing with a high, defined waist.
 
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