Stripes can be a tricky look – especially those of a horizontal kind… but there are ways to pull off the chic sailor or Parisian look (whichever you are going for) without going overboard (no pun intended).

Here are a few striped outfits that we recommend if you dare…

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DO mix materials to offset the stripes – this Rebecca Beeson top has crochet detail on both sides, slimming your midsection and adding a fun effect to the thick charcoal stripes. Just as in this photo, pair with belted shorts and sandals!

DO belt a striped dress – nothing is worse than an unfitted horizontal striped dress. It would look unflattering without it! Also pair with a long necklace and espadrilles for the perfect summer outfit. This Brandy & Melville Amelia dress is only $52, but it is one size fits all, so you may have to get it taken in if it is too bulky for you.

DO choose colored stripes when wearing white jeans. You don’t want to look too monotone – always include a bold piece in an outfit. This slouchy Autumn Cashmere sweater is bright and fun, paired with clean white jeans and jeweled sandals.

{photo credits Revolve Clothing}

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