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The Versatility of Stripes

The Versatility of Stripes

Stripes have been a staple in fashion and design for centuries, known for their ability to transform any outfit or decor with their simple yet striking appearance. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or redecorating a room, understanding the different types of stripes—vertical, horizontal, and pinstripe—can help you make the best choice for your needs. 

Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes are lines that run from top to bottom. This pattern is found in our Sardinia Stripe Collection and is often celebrated for its elongating effect, making it a favorite in both fashion and interior design.

  • Flattering Effect: Vertical stripes can create the illusion of height, making the wearer appear taller and slimmer. This makes them a popular choice for pants, dresses, and blouses - like our Cavani Sardinia Stripe Pant paired with our Essen Sardinia Stripe Blouse
  • Classic Elegance: Often associated with formal wear, vertical stripes are commonly seen in business suits and dress shirts, adding a touch of sophistication. Dress up your loungewear in our Icardi Sardinia Stripe Chemise

Horizontal Stripes

Horizontal stripes, as the name suggests, run from side to side. These stripes are versatile and can evoke a range of styles, from casual to bold and modern. These stripes can be found in our best selling Positano Stripe Collection, made from our softest fabric, you'll want to live in these stripes. 

  • Casual Chic: Often seen in casual wear, such as t-shirts and sweaters, horizontal stripes can convey a relaxed and laid-back vibe. The classic London Positano Stripe Long Sleeve Shirt with matching Soleil Positano Stripe Pants are a timeless example.
  • Broadening Effect: While it’s a common belief that horizontal stripes can make the wearer look wider, this effect can be minimized with thinner stripes and proper fit. In this particular collection, all our dresses from the Kiki Positano Chemise to the Sophie Positano Long Dress are form fitting and hug your curves in all the right places. 


Pinstripes are very thin, closely spaced stripes, typically used in more formal and professional settings. Their subtlety offers a refined and polished look, shown in our Ravello Pinstripe Collection. 

  • Professional Appeal: Pinstripes are a classic element in business attire, particularly in suits. They convey professionalism and can be found in the versatility of the Essen Ravello Pinstripe Blouse, that you can roll out of bed and onto a zoom call and look business ready. 
  • Slimming Effect: The fine lines of pinstripes can have a slimming effect, similar to vertical stripes, but in a more understated way. The new Romande Ravello Ruffle Dress is a great example of a slimming style that is sure to turn some heads. 

Choosing the Right Stripes

When deciding which type of stripes to incorporate into your wardrobe or home, consider the following:

  • Purpose: Think about the effect you want to achieve. Vertical stripes for elongation, horizontal for width, and pinstripes for subtle sophistication.
  • Color: The color of the stripes and their background can dramatically alter the effect. Bold contrasts are more striking, while similar tones offer a softer look.
  • Scale: The width and spacing of the stripes play a significant role. Wide stripes are more dramatic, while thin stripes are more subtle and refined.

Stripes, in their various forms, offer a versatile design element that can be tailored to suit your personal style or interior design needs. Whether you opt for the elongating vertical stripes like the Sardinia Stripe, the broadening horizontal stripes like the Positano Stripe, or the refined pinstripes as in the Ravello Pinstripe, each type brings its own unique charm and benefits. Embrace the world of stripes and let them enhance your fashion and spaces in creative ways!

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