Spring 2012 trends are proving to be all about bold colors, fantastic prints, and stripes galore. It’s enough to make you dizzy! And the stripe, while such a basic print, is uncharted territory for many women. We’ve all heard it: Avoid stripes, they will make you look wider. But fear not fashionistas, wearing stripes does not have to be scary and, even better, they can flatter even the curviest figure. From pinstripes to chevron to big and bold, you’ve got tons of great options. And it’s not just clothing—handbags, shoes, and accessories are getting in on the action too!

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It’s not difficult to find a great striped top whether you go for a basic tee, a tank, a cropped top, or a cardigan. Throw on a pair of jeans, tailored shorts, or cute capris and you’re ready to go. Want something a little more fun? Try a cardigan like this from Lauren by Ralph Lauren Krystoff V-Neck Cardigan, that mixes in the popular color blocking trend. Dress it up for work with a pencil skirt or wide leg trousers.

And don’t rule out a striped skirt. Sonia Rykiel designed this amazingly fun multi-color striped cotton and silk skirt that will instantly brighten your day. Just throw on a tank, and a pair of wedge sandals for that perfect spring look.




If you’re really daring, go all the way with a stripey dress. Horizontal stripes or mixing in an asymmetrical print like this Carnivales Striped Maxi Dress by 6 Shore Road, are super figure flattering (and lengthening).




And here’s where it really gets fun! Shoes are an easy way to work stripes into your wardrobe and add a touch of excitement to any basic outfit. Go bold by pairing wedges like these from Alice + Olivia with a brightly colored sundress or go even bolder with a print.



Handbags refuse to be left out. This red and white Striped Canvas Diamond Tote by Rebecca Minkoff is the perfect way to complete a nautical look. For evening clutch, venture into festive colors like fuchsia, yellow, coral, or turquoise.


Last, but not least, the right stripey accessory is just the solution for that look in need of just a little something. This simply chic Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacobson Striped Modal Scarf adds a striking pop of color. Wear it like the model, with all black or all white, to complete the look.