Tina, here.

There is a problem with sailor stripes. Everyone acknowledges that horizontal stripes can make you appear wider than you are, and vertical stripes can make you appear taller. Need scientific proof? There's a study on that.

Scientist Val Watham documented results that "show that vertical stripes make people look taller, while horizontal hoops make them look wide - but plain black was the most slimming of all."  Val was pushing back on another so-called study that said horizontal stripes make you look thinner. To which everyone who has ever worn clothes said, we're pretty sure that's bogus. That doc later clarified that what he really meant was that narrower horizontal stripes look better than wider stripes. No kidding.

Insiders - I've made a Memorial Day Vacation Packing List just for you...click on the image or link below to open and shop and make packing a cinch! If you're not an Insider and would like access, no problem! Join our free trial!

Click Here For Exclusive Access To The Packing Guide 

So why the enduring popularity of horizontal stripes? Romanticism, I think. Rugby shirts. Sailor shirts. Breton shirts. Each one of these categories conjures up stories of the adventure and excitement we create when we wear them.

What about the width of the stripes? The narrower the stripes, the better. But not tooo narrow or it can get too juvenile. For sure avoid wide stripes across your stomach and hips. A boat neck always works with a sailor stripe because it's kind of on point for the theme. But a boat neck is also quite flattering to a woman's décolletage and a good foil for all the stripes.


Sailor Stripes For Summer

RELATED Summer Toppers and Jackets + Insiders Style Guide Video

Book Your Seasonal Wardrobe Package Now Before Summer Vacation!

How To Wear Stripes Without Looking Wide (hint: narrow OR vertical)

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check out the new Vacation Packing Guide and the new video on how to style a blazer or summer jacket! So much Summer! Might as well book your summer wardrobe package now!

All my best,






This post may contain affiliate links, and if you click a link or purchase something I have recommended, I may receive a thank you commission from the website. Clicking these links won't cost you any extra money, but does help me keep the site ad-free. All the clothes I wear are mine.