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Tuesday, 8 June 2010


I am very drawn to stripes, even though I should probably know better. There's an oft quoted fashion rule about horizontal stripes making you look wider and let's face it, I don't need any help in that department. So although I had my eye on this beautiful cardi from the moment I saw it in the shops, I couldn't bring myself to buy it, despite much urging from various people on different shopping trips. I finally gave in though - well, it was on sale plus 20% off, what was I meant to do?



Strangely enough it's not actually the stripes on the cardi that I've questioned whilst looking at the photos. It's the length. My problem area is stomach/hips/upper thighs (vile jelly belly going on!) and as such I'm quite wary of things that stop at lengths that draw attention to this. I tried to add a bit of length by layering a longer vest top underneath but I'm still not entirely convinced. Any suggestions?


Jeans, vest top & cardi - Dorothy Perkins
Plimsolls - Primark

21 comments:

  1. I like your new cardi - it's nice colours :)

    I've heard that whole 'horizontal stripes make you look wider/vertical stripes make you look taller & thinner' thing my whole life - but I've got SO many stripy things (horizontally), particularly cardigans & I don't really know if it's true, but I also don't really care!

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  2. WEAR IT. Not only do you look fab - have you lost a bit recently? - but fashion is about being bold and wearing what you want. Bollocks to it!

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  3. Such a gorgeous cardigan! I don't believe the horizontal stripes rule - I think if it fits you well and the shape suits you, you'll rock it! As you do, so very well.

    I often wear longer length vest/tees under jumpers and cardigans - I find a very slim fitting style works best, so you're not adding any bulk to your silhouette. Or you could wear a shorter top tucked into a high waisted skirt or trousers, with a belt? :) x

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  4. I had my eye on this cardie too, but spent too much so didn't get it. You look really great in it so don't fret. As a big girl I am often told to say clear of horizontal stripes, but I read recently that horizontal stripes do not actually make you look wider its a modern myth, and I choose to believe that :)
    Kandi x

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  5. I think the way you're wearing it looks awesome,and is very flattering.My stomach is my problem area,apart from enormous bosoms,so i too avoid those kind of stripes.But some one told me recently it is actually the other way round?Vertical stripes make you lokk wider??Weird,I thought,but seeing you in this cardi.....
    I just wear them diagonal,cos I love 'em,and suck it in as best I can!!!

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  6. cute cardi

    i totally get the stripes obsession. i even bought stripe minx nails today....definitely taking it too far! haha

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  7. The cardi looks fab, Alex! It's a flattering shape that actually emphasises your trim waist. I'd wear it over a contrasting green floral frock.
    Vix
    xxx
    PS I'd love to have my opinion changed over Georgette Heyer!

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  8. The cardi looks fab on you and the layering really works. I have the same problem and that's what I do - don't know if it works as well on me though! Stripes are always a good choice (and possibly the reason I can never find an outfit - everything is stripy!) and I think you should ignore those who say we shouldn't wear them!

    xx

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  9. hiya im a new follower
    just wanted to say how much i adore that cardi!
    where it with confidence and that is all that matters!
    i think you look fab
    xxx
    ellabellevintage.blogspot.com

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  10. I think that cardi would look so cute with a skirt!! I love skirt/cardi combos. Maybe a skirt with clean lines will give you the look you want?

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  11. forget the rule about horizontal stripes--they are fabulous and everywhere right now!

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  12. Pah to the rules. It looks lovely on you and is a wonderful fresh colour. I think it looks good with the longline vest underneath and am def with Vix, it would look fab over a floral. x

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  13. Alex - no part of your lovely figure is 'vile'. I forbid you to use such words ever again! You're a lovely attractive girl and you look great. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  14. I watching watching Q.I and Stephen Fry said that the 'horizontal stripes making you look big' thing is a MYTH! they even proved it on the show.
    So there you are, if Mr. Fry says it, it must be true.
    So you wear that cardigan and continue to look oh so fabulous!!! xxx

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  15. I think the darker green stripes make your waist look smaller, it looks really nice on you!

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  16. I think everyone should wear stripes no matter the body type! Do it!

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

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  17. You have a fab figure! The green stripes around the waist is very flattering!The longer top underneath is a great way of covering the bits you like less and still showing off the fab cardi!

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  18. You look lovely in stripes!

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  19. For me, I need to try on everything striped but it really depends on cut and spacing between lines. There's no auto buy when it comes to stripes, especially when you have a, er, sizeable chest.

    BTW I love your favourite authors list! I just finished reading Faro's Daughter for the nth time.

    A from A + B in the Sea

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  20. It works, and it's a beautiful cardigan - love the colors. You look fabulous!

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  21. I think it looks fab! Half of the rules of what not to wear and what to wear never work I think.

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