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Isis Briones
Aug 16, 2015 @ 1:15 pm

Somewhere along the line (pun intended), horizontal stripes got a bad rap. Some say they make you appear wider, and especially if you're not a willowy 5'10", the pattern is just not for you. Well, we're out to prove the naysayers wrong. In fact, there’s always a way to flatter a petite frame with the right styles. Take Olivia Munn, standing at 5'4'', who slayed the red carpet with striped Giambattista Valli separates. We took inspiration from her daring look and broke down seven ways petites can take on the trend. 

Take a Chance with Color-Block


Choose items that aren’t fully striped. A color-blocked top is a great way to avoid drowning your frame.

J. Crew tee, $45; jcrew.com

The Thinner, the Better 


Topshop top, $22; topshop.com

Similar to Munn’s look, skinny stripes can lengthen the body.

Layer the Look


Add solid layers to balance out the horizontal stripes.

Asos top, $33; asos.com

Pint-Sized Pieces


Tighten the lines with a form fitting dress that’ll keep you looking leaner.

Reformation dress, $88; thereformation.com

Add a Belt


Accentuate with a belt to define your hourglass figure.

Bailey44 dress, $168; anthropologie.com

Split Them Up


When in doubt, go for separates. Splitting up the stripes will less likely overwhelm your figure.

Lovers and Friends top, $80; ronherman.com. Lovers and Friends skirt, $72; ronherman.com

All Different Directions


Find unique pieces that mix and match linear elements. The varying directions naturally lead the eye in an up and down, vertical motion.   

Tome dress, $495; net-a-porter.com

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