The great print clash is on, taking stripes in new directions. ELOQUII’s Style & Substance Spotlight Series is on Charlene James this month. The trend-setting professor has taken stripes and prints to a new level with creative pairings that flatter plus women and amp up their style. Whether wearing a long nautical blazer with a floral lace front panel skirt or with a button-down shirt and striped A-line skirt, she does the implausible, making a fresh fashion statement and adding a whole new dimension to style. If you’ve never paired a red, white and blue floral top with a coordinating stripe skirt or a red, white and blue horizontal stripe top with a matching vertical stripe skirt, read on!
If you want to forge new frontiers and make a bold statement, pair a red, white and blue floral print raglan sleeve top with a combo print wrap skirt than melds a blue floral print on black with vertical red, white and blue stripes intermingled with black and white. Amazingly easy to wear and designed for plus women, the wrap skirt effectively creates a slender silhouette while enhancing your natural corves and defining your waist. This unlikely duo draws the elements together for a perfectly polished look for the woman on her way up the corporate ladder. Pick up on the flirty side slit with caged heels and carry a classic blue foldover clutch for the best effect. Keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum to showcase the top and skirt.
If you’ve been hesitant to wear horizontal stripes, try an opposing striped hem dress. Done in black and white with touches of red and blue, it features a chic stripe print and contrast asymmetric hem. Just a bit of Spandex makes it easy to wear, gently hugging your curves for a flattering silhouette. The top drops low on one side, giving the dress a two-piece effect. Add a bold metallic belt and strappy caged heels for a look that goes from office appropriate to cocktail ready effortlessly. Add a pop of color with a bright red clutch and keep jewelry and accessories to a minimum to a minimum for the best effect. More of Charlene James favorites feature:
- Striped ruffle tops $59.90
- Printed midi skirts with pleats $89.90
- Striped tie waist dresses $99.90
- Studio printed button down shirts $62.90
- Studio striped A-line skirts $89.90
- Printed soft flare pants $89.90
- Floral jacquard skater skirts $79.90
- Studio lace front pencil skirts $89.90
- Novelty textured column skirts $79.90
- Zuri block heel sandals $79.90
To see all of Charlene James’ favorites or place an order online visit ELOQUII. Visit the Style and Substance blog to learn more about Charlene and see how she combines stripes, prints and patterns for fashion-forward looks.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.