lets talk stripes…

So this rather silly thing has been on my mind for a while, a few friends have made comments to me about how I dress, nothing bad, well more specifically why I wear so many striped tops. Its my thing and its what I am known for so it made me think.

 Let me start right at the beginning, five stone heavier, big boobs and big hips. The thought of wearing anything that had  stripes or patterns would definitely be on my avoid list. I would sadly spend time dreaming and wishing I could look all kinds of chic in something that looked liked I had stepped out of a Parisian cafe. I use to read in all those magazines (thanks to my sister leaving them dotted about) aimed at women claiming that larger ladies should avoided stripes, that “stripes make you look wider then what you are”, and I guess I listened. Don’t get me wrong plus size women are chic but for me I didn’t feel it being bigger, I wish in someways I had been more confident when I looked in the mirror but I wasn’t and that pushed me to change a few things.

So I made a conscious choice when I was loosing weight that I would choose to wear stuff that was for me and made me feel good. I should of really started that thought when I was a little larger. I guess we are all still learning who we are and this stripe thing maybe a phase but I am so happy I no longer avoid clothes because of my size plus the look never goes out of fashion.

Speed forward nearly two years and several (ok 20) Breton tops later and now all I wear is stripes, thick stripes, skinny stripes, because you know what I want to and I can. Cheap Primark, H&M and New Look have  become my friends and when I want to go for a more classier look of stripe I head on over too Zara haha How sad is that, but its true. I love them in all colours and lets face it we should have more of what makes us happy in our lives right?!



  1. March 12, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    i absolutely ADORE your style!!! i've been wearing so much more stripes (and black & white!!) since seeing your wardrobe style!!! you're so beautiful & timeless!!! xoxo

  2. March 12, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Love this ella! Stripes are always a go to for me x

  3. March 12, 2015 / 6:02 pm

    I am also a big fan of stripes, in fact I bought a black and white striped dress this week! They are just so versatile and can look chic or cute or more edgy depending what you pair them with. I personally really like your style and think it suits you, and you should definitely enjoy wearing stripes! They obviously have a lot of meaning to you and make you happy and that should be what clothes (and life!) are all about. x

  4. March 12, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I love a good stripey tee! Your style is fabulous and if your clothes make you happy, carry on rocking them x

  5. March 13, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Yes to wearing whatever makes you happy! Every time I pick out a Breton stripe top to wear I think of you in fact!! You literally rock the look so well 😉 x

  6. March 14, 2015 / 10:17 am

    Totally agree with you on this post Ella. You rock the stripes, don't ever stop wearing them!!

    Hunter // paisley-stripes.blogspot.co.uk


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