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20th Dec 2016

Opsh Style On The Streets: Dublin Does… Stripes


Each week, we team up with the stylish folks behind Opsh to spot the top fashion trends in Dublin…

Breton stripes are the epitome of classic cool – they are completely timeless, easy to style and work for all ages and genders. The people of Dublin rocked the nautical look in style this week, sporting stripes of every colour, direction and description.

If you’re a fan of the Breton stripe but are unsure how to style them in the most flattering way possible, then Opsh are here to help. Check out how the people of Dublin style their stripes of Dublin and follow our golden rules for wearing stripes below.

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1. Opt for Vertical Stripes

While all horizontal stripes won’t necessarily make you look bigger, vertical stripes will indeed make you look taller. If you want to lengthen your torso, try a classic Breton top with a vertical stripe and block-colour jeans, or team a vertical stripe trouser with a simple top for instantly longer legs.

2. Choose Your Stripes Wisely

Pay attention to the placement of stripes and use them to your advantage. Horizontal stripes will add some width, which can be great for adding curves to boyish female figures, or adding bulk to a man’s upper body. Avoid horizontal stripes on your problem areas, instead opting for vertical or diagonal stripes.

3. Vary Your Widths

If you’re choosing horizontal stripes, pay attention to the stripes’ width. Two stripes of the same width will be less flattering than choosing two varying widths (one thick, one thin).

4. Add Man-Made Panels

If you’re conscious that a horizontal stripe is going to make you look bigger on top, then break up the stripe by adding your own side panels in the form of a block colour blazer, cardigan or jacket. These darker panels will instantly trick the eye inward towards the print, elongating your frame and giving the illusion of a slimmer silhouette.

5. Break It Up

For women wearing a head-to-toe stripe dress, break up the print with a thick block colour belt worn at the narrowest part of your silhouette, your waist.


Words:Justine King

Images:Chloë Keogan