Stripes and Plaids: Fashion No No or Fashion Yes Yes?
YES They DO Go Together
There has always been the grand debate (for as long as I can remember) of whether stripes and plaid (or any patterns for that matter) can be mixed and worn together. Well, I am going to give my opinion on this topic here.
Ever since I was little I would always want to wear stripes and plaid together, but my best friend would yell at me (along with her mother and sisters) that it was not socially acceptable to wear the two patterns together. I would say that during the years when I was younger, it was unacceptable, but now a days it is starting to become more socially acceptable. I personally think they have always gone together though (but who am I to decide? I mean I am not the best fashion expert out there...trust me!). I use to tell my friend, "you just wait, one day it will be ok to wear stripes and plaids together!" Well, the day has FINALLY come and it IS acceptable (in reason)!
In general, mixing any patterns together is tricky, but it is a great way add a ton of new variety to your daily outfits! You just have to make sure you are careful when putting the two patterns together because when you don't, well, that is when people say you can never wear stripes and plaid together. Mixing these two patterns will give you a chance to make your clothing more personal and individualistic. If done correctly, the two patterns will look absolutely AMAZING together!
Now don't get me wrong, I do agree that not ALL stripes and plaids go together. You do have to match them well, but they DO go together and you CAN wear them together. Here are some tips that I have come up with for you:
1. Keep whatever other colors you are wearing to a minimum because if you add a lot you will look sloppy.
2. You can add one of the patterns in simply by just adding an accessory (like a scarf or something). This will allow you to not stand out tooo much!
3. One piece of the clothing (whether the stripes or the plaids) should be more vibrant and LOUD! Because lets face it...Everyone wants to stand out just a tad :)
Some More Rules...
You can match these two very different patterns together successfully! Make sure the stripes and plaids are around the same size; this means: big stripes with big plaid and small stripes with small plaid. If you decide to wear two striped items, make sure they are different in size (thick and thin). Bigger and bolder patterns are definitely going to make you look bigger and the horizontal patterns are going to give off a wider look, while the vertical patterns are going to give off the taller, thinner appearance.
What are your thoughts on this everlasting, brutal debate? Let me know your thoughts! Is it truly a fashion no no or is it now a fashion yes yes?