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Dress Code - Posted February 22, 2013 noon
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Walk the Line

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There’s no need to read between the lines this spring because one trend clearly stands out. Whether you fancy thick, thin, vertical, horizontal or asymmetrical, now is the time to earn your stripes.

When worn correctly, stripes can be flattering and fun, and while black and white or nautical looks are safe bets, consider choosing pieces with varying band widths and colors, or pairing stripes with crisp, bright solids for a modern take on a classic.

This flowing top works with bright white because it’s not fitted. Tight-fit patterned tops are less flattering than those with movement.

Scarf-inspired top $69.50, slimming jeans $99, earrings $29.50, necklace $54.50, bangles $39.50 each, Talbots
Vince Camuto patent sandals $98, Michael Kors bag $398, Dillard’s


Wearing different widths of stripes can add curves and accentuate your waist. Make sure the garment fits well so stripes keep their structure.

Dress $109, Talbots
Calvin Klein pumps $69.99; Elliott Lucca clutch $98; Lauren Ralph Lauren earrings $38; Robert Lee Morris necklace $125, Dillard’s


Wear one stripe down the side of your trousers if you’re not ready to go all-in with stripes. It’s a modern take on an old idea.

Sanctuary Clothing tuxedo leggings $79, Vince Camuto top $99, Elliott Lucca clutch $98, Vince Camuto pumps $98, Vince Camuto earrings $48, Dillard’s Collection necklace $48, Dillard’s


For a classic look, pair a boatneck sweater with a bold color pant and flats. The blocks of black on this top take away width and define your shape.

J Envie sweater $158, Elliott Lauren jeans $168, J Winston Antonio Melani bag $119, Cole Haan patent wedges $168, Betsey Johnson bracelet $28, Betsey Johnson earrings $35, Dillard’s

-- the AM Team

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