The Trend: Chevron Stripes
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The chevron stripe was pretty hot last year (remember 5 days ago?), and it looks to be picking up steam. These bold stripes create a zigzag striping effect. Due to the fact that the stripe is broken up and creates some downward movement, chevron stripes can visually be more slimming than the standard horizontal stripe. Chevron stripes can be really bold, or blended for a softer look. Take a peek at some examples below, and get your favorite type of chevron stripe on.
Sometimes it can be hard to wear a print on the bottom half of your body, especially when it comes to pants, without drawing the wrong kind of attention to your garments. The three options above are visually striking, yet subdued in color, and therefore can be worn without looking like you’re trying to channel the lovechild of Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia. The Ankle Chevron-Print Skinny Jeans by Current/Elliott are sold through CUSP by Neiman Marcus. The way the print elongates and becomes small towards the top of the pant creates a wonderfully slimming visual. Ann Taylor makes the Merino Wool Blend Chevron Skirt in the middle. Perfect for the office (if the length is appropriate for your workplace), or an after work happy hour. The Embroidered Chevron Skinny at right are by Rag & Bone/Jean, and were so stunning visually, I had to include them in the line up. What a great, simple way to incorporate the chevron. Plus, they’re marked down from $298 to $99.
With the Chevron print always moving in a downward motion, whether at the center point or wide ends, the effect is going to draw your eyes down. The center point moving down is especially good around the waist. Our first example though, the Free People Rayon Rib and Lace Cami, actually has upward movement in the point, but it’s positioned at the back of the tank. In the middle we have the Anthropologie Chevron Shawl Top, a lovely feminine top with a modern edge due to the chevron stripes. And lastly the Gianni Bini Shiloh Wide-Chevron Print Top has a southwestern flair to it. You might want to avoid this top if you have wide shoulders, since the widest part of the chevron occurs right over the tops of the shoulders on the shirt.
We’ve still got plenty of time to wear sweaters before dreams of shorts and flip flops become reality in 2013, and chevron stripe knit sweaters are a great way to cash in on this fashion trend. Like the GAP Intarsia Chevron Sweater at left, some knits will be big and bold. Or some chevron knits can be much softer and subtler, like the Townsen Chevron Sweater from Revolveclothing.com. Yet others will have that chunky sweater feel, a throwback to the 80’s. The Lurex Chevron Pullover by Tinley Road is a good example of that, without moving into that bad 80’s sweater territory.
Chevron stripes can be very different ranging from garment to garment. At left we have a V-Neck Chevron Sheath by Marc New York by Andrew Marc. The stripes are very understated along the empire waist band. The raised twill stitching gives the garment depth, while adding that downward movement for a slimming effect. At center, this cute ASOS Denim Dress with Chevron Panel utilizes big chevron stripes for a bold statement. And at right we have a sparkly girl, a Romeo & Juliet Couture Chevron Sequence Dress. The black and white chevron pattern is so small it’s reminiscent of zebra print, while those big shiny gold chevron stripes provide a good break to the smaller pattern.
Glorious shoes. It seems like the right shoe can make any pattern look good. Or can take a pattern from looking good to looking great! The Dav Red And Tan Chevron Printed Tall Rain Boots at left utilize a chevron print to make what could otherwise be a pretty boring boot pop. You’d be sure to get compliments on these guys. Then there’s the Chie Mihara Zanzubar Pump (be still my heart). I saw them earlier this season and fell in love, and that love is still just as strong today. The only issue is the steep price tag. Well, and the fact that I usually can’t pull off heels that high without being in severe pain. *Sigh*. Maybe I could just buy them and display them as art? Last we have the Ellis Stacked Heel Boot from Loeffler Randall. An extremely stylish way to add some chevron to your tootsies.
This will be the quick and easy way to add some chevron to your wardrobe. At left we have the stupid cheap ($3.97) Two Tone Chevron Stretch Belt from Tilly’s. Sure it might only make it through one wear, but at that price, who cares? And how about that beautiful Cheri Chevron Stretch Bracelet from GUESS by Marciano? This stretch cuff will add color and style to many casual ensembles. At right we have the Eve Quilted Shoulder Bag by Adrienne Vittadini. The chevron stitched leather, stone and black color scheme, and gold toned hardware make this a very chic bag.
Don’t be afraid to invest in some Chevron pieces, especially accessories. It’s just another version of stripes, and stripes rarely go out of style. Just trust your gut on what you like, and it will always be in style for you!