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Go Long and Lean With Vertical Stripes

Definitely a bolder option: Actress Jennifer Lopez poses on the red carpet at the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, 2012.

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Take a tip from the menswear classic, the button-down shirt with vertical stripes: Long, skinny stripes can help elongate your figure. A striped blouse looks great paired with a suit, skirt or jeans, from casual to dressy and all moods in between. Choose vertical stripes in a traditional blue-and-white or red-and-white color palette, or look for more seasonal options. Pink, yellow, bright green and lavender look fresh and sophisticated.

Pants or skirts with vertical stripes are a very flattering look, especially paired with a solid colored blouse or T-shirt. The stripes on the bottom help to elongate the lower half of the body and make you appear longer. Pinstripes are always right, but don't be afraid to experiment with bolder options.

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