Railroad Stripes with Miroslava

I love when clothes challenge me - when I allow the garment time to resonate and show me it's potential right before I have that "Ah ha!" moment. I spotted this BCBG Maxazria dress while shopping with a friend, and my poor mind wrestled with it until I became fixated on nothing else. It's character immediately caught my attention, and over time I slowly came to see beyond the dress on the hanger in front of me. Like a spider twirling it's prey into a sticky trap, I began to spin new possibilities, brainstorming all the ways I could attack this dress - all the unconventional ways. The railroad stripes, boxy silhouette, color-blocked lines.... Ah ha!.... It came to me like a sudden left hook. My mind drifted towards the image of Miroslava Duma in J.W. Anderson during this past Paris Fashion Week. No one quite knows what it was she wore or what to call it, but I call it innovative and quite simply: stunning. I decided to adopt her gumption and imitate her look, in what most people might think is a more wearable way. I fished out my sleeveless black turtle-neck from the bottom of my drawer and immediately knew I had thrown a knock out.

Dress: BCBG Maxazria (I like this more abstract multicolored shift), Turtleneck: Gap (great version here), Fur collar: taken from my Ann Taylor Loft sweater (I love this option or this one), Shoes: Betsey Johnson (I love these and these), Earrings: Kate Spade New York, Ring: Henri Bendel (similar here), Nails: Stylenomics by Essie, Purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Sunglasses: Westward // Leaning

Another variation of stripes graced the November 2014 pages of Vogue in a spread photographed by Karim Saldi. "A Line of Beauty" had a more playful, less rigid take on this traditional pattern, switching up what we know and love about stripes and adapting it into playful, sporty, colorful, mix-and-match vertical lines in varying widths. If these images don't inspire you to take stripes to the next level, I don't know what will. Everyone say hello to the new stripe!

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