Before every trip, I take the time to figure out my must-haves. What I’ll be wearing, what I’ll be accessorizing with, and most importantly what I’ll want to take pictures in. For some reason, stripes always seem to make their way into my suitcase and to be quite honest I couldn’t tell you why. Maybe it’s their nautical essence or chic demeanor that always has me wanting more, but whatever it is I can’t stay away.   

One thing I’ve always loved about stripes is how they elongate your body. Coming from a short girl like me:) they can visually add a few inches to your stature. Whether you’re wearing shorts, pants or a skirt they are a great way to play with your body’s dimensions.  My favorite striped fit is a two-piece set from Pitaya. It was perfect for traveling and one of the easiest decisions I had to make in the morning when choosing an outfit.


Sedona, Arizona

Keep in mind that high waisted items add a few inches to your stature as well! So if you’re looking for striped bottoms look for something high waisted. They will lengthen your legs while also making your waist look higher on your body. This will prevent the stumpy leg look low rise jeans may give you and give you a curvier shape. Pictured above are my high waisted striped shorts from Bird Bee.


Kauai, Hawaii

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Kauai, Hawaii

With all of this stripe talk please keep in mind that these stripes should be vertical rather than horizontal. Horizontal lines can add a few pounds because they are traveling left to right or vice versa on your clothing. This can often make your body look more round and not come off as flattering as you had hoped. Also, remember to try to find fitted stripes, which is clothing that has a nice fit to the body with a striped pattern. This helps to enhance your figure rather than have it get lost in a busy pattern. 

Good luck, and have fun shopping for your next vaca;)

See ya later!

Jacqui M. Green

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