• The bold stripe wave was first triggered by fashion's athletic trend. Ever since it took off, designers have been using high-contrast stripes (both as accents and as allover prints) to make even the most luxurious styles look sporty.

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  • When featured on pants or a skirt, thick vertical stripes work wonders to elongate legs. Street style stars who are tall don't need to rely on this styling trick, but I'll use all the help I can get.

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  • A well-cut blazer featuring standout stripes will instantly upgrade any look, even the simplest T-shirt and pair of jeans. Case in point: This outfit, which looks polished thanks to its cropped wool jacket.

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  • Forget the idea of the demure cardigan. The latest takes on the style are flirty and fun. This striped cardigan with bell sleeves brings the drama. What's more, its ribbed knit offers a sexy fit.

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  • Thanks to NYFW's humid, hot weather, many editors fell back on sleeveless jumpsuits. For instance, New York Magazine's Lindsay Peoples stepped out in an M Missoni jumpsuit that featured black and bright stripes.

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  • The thin, multi-colored stripes on Eva Chen's dress are slimming and fashionable. Like many editors, she has chosen to forego traditional maternity styles in favor of easy-chic pieces. Can you imagine how stylish her baby shower is going to be?

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  • High-contrast stripes are statements in themselves, but street style star Chriselle Lim took their look further: She chose a striped Sies Marjan look that also featured trendy ruffled sleeves and an unexpected bright lining. What's more, the style's silhouette was a standout.

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