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OMCZ: Horizontal Stripes

November 6, 2013

I was really excited when I heard the theme for this week’s Out of My Comfort Zone post. I wore horizontal stripes pre-finding fatshion blogs, but once I started finding bloggers, I really, really began loving it. It’s a big revelation when you finally see that you have nixed out various items, patterns, etc just because of old rules heard over and over again. Beka picked this theme, and she reasoned it perfectly:

“I decided on horizontal stripes as I think these can still be seen as something that makes some people feel larger than they are. Well what rubbish! I want to see you all rocking the burglar look!” 

I knew immediately that I wanted to wear my City Chic pencil skirt that I bought at the end of the summer season. This skirt is not-so wintery, but if you’re like me, then you are probably used to making mad dashes from a car to a building to avoid the cold :). I paired it with a chambray top, red/coral accessories, and animal print low heels. I have no idea if the shoes make sense, but I thought they were cute in how they clashed, so whatevs 🙂



This skirt is a AU 24, which is not at all my pant size, but it fits really well (and I’m not wearing any type of spanx here so if you wanted a smoother look you could get that). I’m not sure if all City Chic skirts run large, but I definitely recommend them for those who have large hips. It’s very rare for me to find pencil skirts that are built for larger hips, as they are usually cut much straighter through the waist and bottom hem.


Besides putting this skirt to its first use, I was also able to wear this Amrita Singh ring that I bought YEARS ago but haven’t worn often. This is also another “rule” breaker because it’s a big ring on a little finger. I have short fingers. I always will. There’s no way I’m going to nix all statement rings because of my short fingers.

Want to see other ways of wearing horizontal stripes? Check out the other OMCZ bloggers below:




Becky Brown






Hollie Http://





Old Navy chambray top, City Chic pencil skirt, Amrita Singh ring bough via, and Target heels similar

How do you wear horizontal stripes?

P.S. The next OMCZ challenge’s theme is my pick! Can’t wait to do it 🙂

20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2013 4:23 am

    I love your skirt and the whole outfit is fantastic xxx

  2. November 6, 2013 6:59 am

    I love it! I don’t even like wearing pencil skirt because it’s OMCZ. well OK then. That just means I need to get one, right? 😀

    • November 6, 2013 7:01 am

      Right! I love Asos’s pencil skirts. They are stretchy and a great piece to start with 🙂

  3. November 6, 2013 7:55 am

    Looking awesome!! ;)*

  4. Jodie permalink
    November 6, 2013 8:10 am

    You look fabulous!!! Looooovvveeee that ring!!

  5. November 6, 2013 10:28 am

    I just happened upon your blog via Skorch magazine and I have to say that I love it (I’m adding you to my bloglovin feed right now). I LOVE this outfit and I would wear it every day (I keep wanting to buy a denim shirt but I keep telling myself that I don’t know what I would style it with–and then I happen upon stuff like this and I’m like of COURSE).

    Right now I am at work wearing very big, wide, black and white horizontal stripes with a black pencil skirt. And I have tons of them in my closet. Why? Because I love them. The whole idea that they make people look wide? Well, yeah, I’m already wide and there is just nooooo covering that up. So these horizontal stripes are here here to stay stay.

  6. November 6, 2013 10:40 am

    Fab outfit. I love alllll of it. When is leopard print ever too much? Neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

  7. November 6, 2013 2:25 pm

    I LOOOOHOOOOHOOOOOOVE YOUR OUTFIT! You look so stunning xx

  8. November 6, 2013 8:23 pm

    Rocking those stripes lovely!

  9. Denisa Dellinger permalink
    November 6, 2013 9:37 pm

    Horizontal stripes are not my favorite thing. I think small stripes are good for those of us who are big. I have seen some I like on certain models that may look good on us larger sizes. I have seen a trapeze shirt with horizontal stripes in a zig zag pattern going down, Or stripes that are in a “V” shape. I love what you put together and a little pop of color.

  10. November 6, 2013 11:44 pm

    Love these stripes on you!

  11. November 7, 2013 8:06 pm

    wow that is lovely. Love that skirt and who has said that horizontal stripes doesn’t work for us plus size girls?? You prove it here that it does work!! 🙂

  12. November 8, 2013 9:07 am

    I totally don’t know if I could personally pull this look off with all the different patterns and textures but girl you did it well! Great work! (Totally love that skirt!)

  13. Maria Creisson permalink
    November 8, 2013 2:46 pm

    Absolutely we can! We just need 2 accessories like you’ve worn above….. a dash of confidence and a great big smile!

  14. November 8, 2013 5:11 pm

    you look fantastic, other than jersey pencil skirts I tend to avoid them mainly because even sizing up i don’t feel like they zip up properly.

    I love the shirt and the red accents you’ve put with it x

  15. Ash permalink
    November 12, 2013 12:48 pm

    This look is amazing!

  16. November 16, 2013 11:04 pm

    I love that ring. I’m a sucker for gorgeous finger-bling, and that baby is fab!

  17. November 21, 2013 4:21 pm

    I Stumbled upon your blog. Your confidence is inspiring. I also talked about stripes on my blog, stripes are so intimidating to women but shouldn’t be like you said! Great post

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