Horizontal Stripes 1 (Business)

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Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Horizontal Stripes for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Business Version

Quote of the day: “I truly believe that style comes from having a great eye, not a massive wallet.” Dorrie Jacobson of a Senior Style Bible

Horizontal stripes are one of those prints over which there is much controversy. How many times have you read that they make us look fat? I’m a firm believer that it’s not so much the stripes that make us look bigger, but the fit of the clothing item. And, then again, if I like something, I’m going to wear it (because usually if I like it, it looks halfway decent)! It looks like I should have titled this post “Stripes & Grey”…at least I’m consistent when I put together our outfits…ha ha! Needless to say, I found all different horizontal stripes for us to wear: a jacket, a sweater and a top! Wearing them for a work day is this post’s theme.

Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

50’s Horizontal Strip (Jacket): I love a silk blouse for almost any occasion! And these shoes add a little bit of fun color!

Jacket: Gap (similar here)~~Pants: LOFT (here)~~Blouse: Bebe-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Franco Sarto (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

60’s Horizontal Stripe (Sweater): A crew neck sweater doesn’t seem very professional, but I think the collared shirt under it and necklace on top makes it so.

Sweater: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Pants: Worthington (here)~~Blouse: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Me Too (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's Horizontal Stripes for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

70’s Horizontal Stripe (Top): Covering up a casual top with a jacket is an easy way to dress it up. Mom is not a lover of tan & grey together, yet I love it—-you?

Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Skirt: Mom made (similar here)~~Blazer: Alfred Dunner (similar here)~~Shoes: Spiegel (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Thanks to you all! Linking up with Confident Tuesday, Turning Head Tuesday, Wearing With Wisdom, Artful Homemaking, Fresh Fashion Forum, Style Me Weekly & Style Sessions Linkup

Let’s check out some striped jackets first:

  • Joy

    What lovely outfits—I love stripes! I’ve heard the same thing about stripes making a person appear wider (something I don’t need!), but I wear them anyway. My teenage daughter claims that thinner stripes are better than wider ones, so I usually stick with those. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this post at my Artful Homemaking link-up! I’d love for you to join us again this week! 🙂

  • In my opinion, stripes are a wardrobe staple! Everyone looks fab (and I love your pink shoes, of course 🙂

    • Thanks to you for introducing me to these shoes….I actually have them on right now—and I wear them at least 2-3 times a week….they totally make me smile!!

  • dan

    I have seen striped sweaters very nice recently, and I fell in love with them!
    You are right, and for me too they don’t necessarily mean a fatter look…
    Your beautiful jacket would go perfectly with a wide skirt too!

    • Great idea Dan!! I tend to wear it with the same things out of habit!!

  • Lorena

    I love stripes ! wear them for business and casual…I admit to owning several striped dresses and even a few jackets… that BTW I should wear more often.

    • LOL…It’s funny how some things in our closets get forgotten!!

  • I really like the three outfits! I love striped pieces! The three of you look fantastic! Have a great day!


  • samantha4blair

    Jodie, your jacket is fab! I love your look today.
    As for the stripes question…Horizontal stripes don’t make people look fat, the same way vertical stripes don’t make anyone look thin either.
    Badly fitting stripes make EVERYONE look awful… like contour lines on a map….wobbling and wiggling, yuck.
    Well fitting stripes are always chic.

    P.S Tan and grey look modern…tonal and muted, your mum looks beautiful!

    • Thanks Samantha….Mom just told me yesterday that she still doesn’t like the color combo…but I figure if I put her in it enough…she may relent!! (I do feel sorry for her sometimes, having a daughter like me—ha ha)

  • Stripes are my favorite….I’ve never been one to shy away from them. I especially love your striped jacket!

    • It is interesting how we are drawn to stripes….especially now that I know their history! Thanks Tara!!

  • What a wonderful tro of sttipes! I love your jacket and it’s so great that you showed such a variety of options with a jacket, sweater and a top. You all look great!

  • OHHHH I love stripes ! And you all look so great in them . You did a wonderful job styling stripes in such a way that they do not seem wide on any of you . You have a great eye !
    Thanks for sharing this on Wearing with Wisdom at King Maker Blog . It’s always so wonderful to have you share your Posts there .

  • Agree with you completely about the fit rather than the stripe itself. Your jacket is great, Jodie. It looks really fresh on you. And Nancy’s jumper looks so cosy but I love the touch of the white collar and the delicate necklace which just lifts it. And I’m a thumbs up to tan and grey too!


    • Thanks Jacqueline!! Mom still doesn’t like the grey & tan combo (so she told me today), but maybe she’ll try it out more now that she’s gotten some compliments on it!!

  • Your jacket is fantastic! And I think as far as horizontal stripes making a person look wide goes…it’s really just going to depend on the item and the fit. I feel as though most of the time, horizontal stripes are incredibly cute, though! I don’t own nearly enough tops with them!


    • Your comment makes me think you ought to go shopping…ha ha!!

  • I am in love with your striped jacket!! Tell your mom that yes, tan and gray do go together!

    • My jacket is one of my faves…it really stands out, eh?