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May 19, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Stripes at Marc Jacobs spring 2012 runway show

Prepsters love them. But you don’t have to be a part of the Ivy League or a size zero to wear this season’s biggest trend: stripes. They can be intimidating, but stripes can also add a bit of interest to your wardrobe. When styled with the right pieces and accessories, both horizontal and vertical stripes can flatter any figure. An inexpensive way to transform your winter blahs to spring and summer, stripes can be sporty and preppy, as well as sweet and fun.

Zoe Saldana strolled the streets of NYC in stripes

Zoe Saldana was spotted in New York last week in a striped Madewell dress. While Zoe went a bit more patriotic in the color of her stripes, she mixed things up by throwing on a gray cardigan, tan belt, and brown gladiator sandals.  The key to making it work is to have one striped piece, like a dress, be your focal point.

Diane Kruger at Coachella

Diane Kruger was boho-chic at Coachella’s musical festival this year. Proving that you can mix prints and stripes, she looked amazing in this blue and white Stella McCartney palm print dress.  It’s a relaxed, casual style that could work with boots like Diane opted for or with sandals.  To make it even more interesting, add a belt in a bold color around the waist.

Reese Witherspoon in a striped Rosie Pope maternity dress

Although Reese Witherspoon is wearing a maternity dress, a similar style could work whether you have a burgeoning bump or not.  Reese showed how classic and timeless stripes really are in a Rosie Pope dress, a Chloe bag, and cute Repetto ballet flats. Her color combination of pumpkin and gray really pumped up the style volume.

Nicki Minaj in bold stripes

Nicki Minaj, who is known for her daring style and embracing color, wore this vibrant Nanette Lepore striped suit, quilted Chanel bag, and bold Giuseppe Zanotti platform sandals. Stripes don’t have to be standard colors or sizes; you can have fun with shapes and different hues.  Because it’s a matching dress and jacket combo, Nicki Minaj worked the stripes in a more fashion forward style but still on-trend.

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