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Chic chevron stripes

Chevron stripes are hot for the summer of 2012. We have seen them all over the fashion runways and the city streets, in everything from dresses to swimwear. These diagonal stripes are eye-catching, fresh and fun. Read on to learn more about chevron stripes and how to wear them.
Chevron dress

Chevron stripes are diagonal stripes that come together to form a point. In history, chevron stripes can be found on everything from ancient rock carvings to coats of arms to military insignia. In the past few years, chevron stripes have become very trendy in fashion. They are bold and slimming, and can be the focal point of any outfit. You can wear chevron stripes in a variety of ways.

Start with a fun statement piece in a bold chevron stripe pattern. We love the Tommy Hilfiger sleeveless shift dress from Macy's in ivory and papaya chevron stripes. This dress is on sale now for under $80. The shape of this dress is very simple and figure-flattering, with the notched high neckline, angled pockets at the hip and basic shift silhouette. You can wear this chevron striped dress in a variety of ways.

Tommy Hilfiger Faye espadrille wedgesTeam up chevron stripes with neutrals

For a fresh summertime look that puts the emphasis on the pattern, team up this dress with neutral accessories. This Tommy Hilfiger dress would look fabulous with a simple pair of nude or brown sandals, like the Tommy Hilfiger Faye espadrille wedges. These adorable shoes are priced at $69 at Macy's. Add a low-key handbag and a pair of aviator sunglasses to complete your outfit. It's the perfect look for lunch with your girlfriends or a daytime date with your sweetie. Keep your hairstyle carefree (like beachy waves or a messy ponytail) and your makeup very natural.

Partner chevron stripes with florals

Don't be afraid to mix patterns this year when it comes to fashions. Chevron stripes look terrific when partnered with feminine floral prints. This look is very flirty and fun, but don't overdo it. Pick one statement piece in a floral pattern and wear it with this chevron striped dress. A flowery headband, a floral print handbag or even a cardigan sweater in a tiny floral pattern would work well.

Dress up chevron stripes for a night out

Though this chevron striped dress is perfect for daytime wear, it can also be dressed up for a night out this summer. Whether you are having drinks with the BFFs or heading to the club with your boyfriend, you can wear this dress in style. Add a stack of bangle bracelets in mixed metals to take this dress from day to night. Ditch your flats or wedges and put on a pair of strappy sky-high heels. Instead of a tiny clutch, wear this dress with a cute cross-body bag. We love the Tommy Hilfiger Bailey pebble leather cross-body in cafe au lait. This bag is on sale now at Macy's for just under $81. Finish off your look by pulling your hair into an easy chignon and glamming up your makeup with citrus eye shadow and a glossy lip color.

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