July 30, 2010

Since school has ended, I’ve been up until 6, 7 and 8AM for no reason– and it’s a pattern I can’t seem to break. TONIGHT, however, is the night where I make a difference. I’m completely ready to just curl into my bed right now since my dog woke me up to take him out at 9am and I’ve been up and about since then. I even gave him a bath, which turns my German Shepherd into the biggest baby.

Basically, Monty is asking for your pity.

Anyway, since I didn’t post yesterday, I definitely need to post today. It’s nothing much, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about lately.


I used to have a gross obsession with horizontal stripes when I was in the 8th and 9th grades. I chose shirts in unflattering shapes that were short and made me look like a whale, particularly because my torso is on the short side, and I have freakishly long legs. I swore never to buy any stripes again. That changed last Christmas,  when I fell in love with this particular men’s shirt from Forever 21.

Hanging out. In my favorite striped shirt. Back when I had braces.

Still, stripes make me a little uneasy, just because I feel the short shirts of the past haunting me. Lately, however, I’ve spotted a few striped items that have really caught my eye. Particularly vertical stripes, which are far more flattering than horizontal. There is one horizontally striped dress that I’m absolutely in love with, but regretfully, my size is long gone. Personally, I like to stick to classic black and white stripes, but hey, that might just be me.

UO Striped Shirt, AA bow,
Zara Blazer, F21 Maxi dress.

A striped accent would provide the most perfect graphic contrast to several outfits. I’d even see stripes being mixed with black or white lace. Essentially, they can go with anything, even another completely different pattern like a pink and green floral.

How do you guys feel about stripes? Do you prefer horizontal or vertical?

By the way! The Blog Spotlight will be released tomorrow! I’m sure you guys will enjoy the winner very much. Definitely check back to find out who it is!

And on another side note, American Apparel changed up the front page of their website. Go take a look!

Thanks for reading!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

ash July 30, 2010 at 2:41 am

yay for stripes!
actually i prefer vertical, oh how it make me looks thin ^^;
but lately i feel in love with horizontal line too. i think it's ok to take the challenge.

ps. give my hello to monty :)


Jen July 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Horizontal stripes are definitely my favorite. I think, for some reason, they're more feminine.

Yes, I love stripes <3


Asta July 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Monty is absolutely and totally adorable, we have been promising our dog a bath for a while now and it finally needs to happen:)
Oh, and the stripes – love'em, have been very much into them since last spring, and that blazer looks really cool *off to check the Forever 21 site*


Melanie Alexandra July 30, 2010 at 10:58 pm

@Ash: I feel you on the thin part! Haha. And I'll let Monty know you say hi :)

@Jen: Yeah, I could see how horizontal lines give a more feminine effect. Vertical lines tend to give off a feeling of strength, while horizontal are softer and less invasive in a way.

@Asta: Monty says thanks! Lol. He was a bit overdue for one, too =P
I think they're a staple that can go for any season– everyone needs to have them! Oh, by the way, the blazer is an old style from Zara. Not sure if they carry it anymore.


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