Stripes are one of the most popular patterns for this season, lifting an outfit and providing interest without over complication. The key to this trend is to find the balance between placement, colour, and size of stripe. In this article, Camille shows us how stripes can work in two different looks.
The blue-and-white-striped handkerchief dress worn by Camille on the streets of London plays on the eye and creates an optical mixture. The natural movement of the loose-fitting dress blends the mid blue and white stripes together, creating a new resultant colour of pale blue, which automatically find balance with her blonde hair.
Although a dark navy knit has been worn underneath the dress, the look continues to have an overall light feel. Camille’s long straw-blonde hair frames her face and décolletage, softening the knit’s high contrast. The white Converse and bare legs tie in with her hair, balancing the light and neutral colours with the dark navy.
The rich camel bag is used as a bold hightlight, drawing attention to both the light and dark blue hues.
The muted beige trench ties her hair and skin tones with the shirt, while also softening the yellow of her skirt. The white Converse sneakers are the final connection, picking up the white stripe, and providing a refreshing highlight.
Soft and subtle contrast works best for fairer complexions. If a yellow has vibrancy, it needs to have an overall lightness of value, and be worn away from the face. The use of skin may also assist to transition lightness of complexion with colours of higher vibrancy.