A striped dress adds a bit of fun to your wardrobe. You'll find designs that range from casual and relaxed, to sophisticated and formal. To maximize fashion mileage, look for a sleeveless striped dress that's perfect for a warm afternoon; then top it off with a cardigan or blazer in a complementary color for work or a committee meeting.
If you'd rather take a more cautious approach to the striped dress trend, look for a loose fitting shift in colorful stripes. Make sure to keep the length flattering (a few inches above the knee works for most) and show plenty of leg.
And, for the woman who's really comfortable in her skin, try on a form-fitting striped frock like the bandage dresses made popular by Hervé Léger. These body- conscious designs can be flattering and sexy.