SoCal Fashion Column: Val’s fashion advice will make you look like a star in stripes!

American-born TV presenter and MK fashionista SoCal Val talks about the right way to mix different styles of stripes for the start of spring…

Happy March, fashionistas!

I know you’re probably still freezing, wearing your “winter woolies” as my lovely mum-in-law calls them and probably sticking to a uniform of mostly black, right?

Well cheer up, buttercup! Don’t let something as silly as temperature affect your sartorial mood!

You can jazz up any outfit with an injection of print and colour, as seen here. I’ve livened up basic black and white with a refreshing jolt of spearmint green over flattering yet contrasting striped patterns.

Notice the touches of gold in my accessories as well. A bit of shine goes a long way and, in my opinion, metallics always look polished and elevate your look.

When I first posted this photo online I got a lot of questions about mixing stripes. The key is putting the vertical stripes on the bottom, therefore drawing the eye downward.

Its a sort of optical illusion that elongates the body. More petite frames could especially benefit from this if they’re looking to appear a bit more statuesque!

I would reserve horizontal stripes for the top and remember that varying sizes in stripes is important too.

Stripes, dots, leopard or floral prints can all work together quite beautifully when you take this into equation.

Start mixing and matching prints to see which combination feels right to you. As I stress with each column written here for Celebrate:MK, comfortability and confidence is key.

And here’s a final piece of accessories advice! Just because it isn’t sunny doesn’t mean you can’t rock a cool pair of sunglasses.

I love the timeless, unisex “aviator” style like the vintage shades shown here. Sunglasses add a bit of “Hollywood pizazz” to your overall look… so put ‘em on! Just be careful of the paparazzi.

When you take meticulous care in putting together a fabulous ensemble it’s easy to see why they’d mistake you for a movie star!

Follow SoCal Val’s blog at valeriewyndham.net/fashion or on social media at @SoCalValerie

This feature was published in the March 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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