How To Wear Pinstripes As Part Of The Current Gentlewoman Trend
When wearing pinstripes in daily life, you will want to emulate exactly that cool interplay of masculinity and femininity from the runway. Mix the sharp tailoring with something more feminine that pops, like an eye catching blouse with floral prints or a t-shirt with a striking print. If you are a little afraid of mixing prints and patterns, just stick to the styling rule of matching the tone of your top to the tone of the stripe in the suit. Then, you are safe.
Also think about your body shape. Narrow or moderately wide pinstripes are flattering on short ladies, because the vertical stripes make them look taller. Wider stripes should only be worn by tall, slim women, beause they tend to make the wearer look wider. Curvy ladies should opt for thin, subtle stripes, on pleated trousers or A-line skirts. They should avoid straight lines, flat-front trousers and slim skirts as these work better for slim silhouettes.
Best thing to do is to just try on a couple of pieces in your favourite stores. Even if an item doesn’t that great on the rack, it might be extremely flattering for your body shape.
Lastly, go for a classic, expensive-looking pinstripe item and you will be able to wear it over years. Dark colors and sleek tailoring never go out of style. Unusual cuts, unusual fabrics and too vibrant colours, however, will be found quickly in the charity bag!
Here are your 3 Ways To Wear A Pinstripe Blazer in the current gentlewomen trend. The featured one is by Stella McCartney, of course, but there are many affordable lookalikes currently available at Zara, Mango, etc. Get inspired and use your creativity to have a little feminine fun with it!
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From The Runway: Pinstripes And The Gentlewoman Trend
Since two days I have been settling into London, my new residence until Christmas. Everything has been going well so far. However, I am still very nervous about the upcoming weeks. Not only will I say goodbye to my twenties this coming weekend, but also jump start into my thirties with my first sales pitches next week. It will be truly a new life chapter opening up. Keep fingers crossed for positive feedback guys!
So while in London, I can’t help but write about one of my favourite UK designers: Stella McCartney. What I love about Stella is her ability to fuse masculine and feminine designs like no other. And her fall/winter 2013/14 collection is another example of her signature style. She is bringing back the gentlewoman in pinstripe!
Pinstripe is a pattern that has been in and out of fashion for decades and is traditionally associated with rather conservative (i.e. boring) office looks. Well, no more, ladies!
This season, pinstripe is considered super cool and can not only be found on the designs of Stella McCartney, but also her fellow designers Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan and Maison Martin Margiela. It is worn on oversized coats, sweaters and even dresses – as an cool interplay of masculinity and femininity, creating the new “gentlewoman” look.
Today’s post is to showcase the multifunctional use of a simple navy blazer. Many people think of it as boring and “too preppy”. In my personal opinion, however, a navy blazer is a must-have item for your wardrobe! Next to denim jeans, it is probably one of the most versatile pieces you can own.
And if you would need to choose one formal blazer for the office, it would be navy. Why?
First, because navy compliments various skin colour much better than black (which can look too harsh against pale skin). Second, because it has been the standard colour of uniform coats in history, so wearing one will create an instant formal look (you can’t do anything wrong if you stick to traditions, really…).
The beauty of a navy blazer is that is can be combined all cool colours out there and also looks good with many warm colours, too. It is pretty much your magic item to throw on, whenever you want to take a day-time outfit towards a more polished, evening-time look.