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Getting Over Stripes- Our Lane Bryant Striped Sweater Project

One of the greatest gifts of being invited to the Lane Bryant conference last year, was meeting some amazing ladies I had never met before. Kimberly Brinkman, Sarah Barlett and Tina McNeely are three curvy ladies who love fashion and experimenting with looks. Their blogs reach everyone from, the young “coming into her own” woman, to the career woman.

A few weeks ago, I happen to see some tweets between them about doing a blog post together and styling a Lane Bryant striped sweater. I thought it was such a great idea since they all have such amazing style. I commented on Twitter, and next thing you know I was getting an invitation to join them.

The truth is that I really don’t like stripes, and I don’t wear “closed” sweaters, but here I was saying yes and challenging myself to find a way to wear it – and like it! (Fine position I put myself in huh?) I’ve been staying in Staten Island for the past two weeks while my mother’s in Florida, and living out of a suitcase, so my options were limited but I took a trip to the Staten Island Mall to visit my old stomping grounds at Lane Bryant. After speaking to a familiar face who still works there, I started to look over the sweaters, the colors and try to figure out how I could make it happen.

I was drawn to the black and white sweater and thought about  images of female Equestrians. A bun in their hair, wearing black and white, with tight legging- like pants. My thought was to do a modern twist based on this concept.

I kept it simple, a messy bun in my hair turned to the side, Lane Bryant striped sweater with a Lane Bryant collared button down blouse and skinny stretch pants. You can’t really see my shoes that well, but instead of knee length boots, I opted for booties to give it a more modern look.

Check out how Kimberly, Sarah and Tina styled their Lane Bryant sweaters and what their concept was behind the look.


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In the end, my challenge and distaste for stripes was alleviated, because I took my time to think about the look I was going for and was not afraid to go outside my comfort zone. I want to thank these wonderful ladies for inviting me to participate in this fun blog post.

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  1. Plus Style

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    How about an A-symmetrical take on Nautical stripes that you can work year round. Pair it with a tee underneath, leggings and a belt for winter, cute short sleeve cardigan for spring , perfect for summer vacation, unstructured and cool – wear it from the plane to the pool, and then add blazer for fall! The possiblities are endless – lets hear it ladies … what do you think ?

  2. Limarie

    January 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

  3. Reen

    January 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I was given the sweaters that you & Kimberly are both rockin’ – and they’re going BACK. They’re pretty and comfy, but when I looked in the mirror, all I saw was an emphasis on the fact that I am *so* not a size six. If the stripes were the same size & had the same spacing, I’d reconsider. Darn shame, ’cause they look good on y’all!

  4. Katie

    January 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I LOVE stripes. I gave up wearing them a couple of years ago and this year said, nope, I love em, I will wear them. All the ladies look lovely.

  5. AmazeMagazine

    January 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

    PLUS Mag Updates: Getting Over Stripes- Our Lane Bryant Striped Sweater Project

  6. MzDivaPlus

    January 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, I wish I knew about this. Would have loved to join in since I did a similar post a few months ago. I’ve posted my blog post a million times (lol) to encourage curvy ladies to break the rules! “Who said a big girl can’t wear stripes?”

  7. Tina

    January 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    It really was so fun! Maddy, I love your inspiration!

  8. T Minus T Plus

    January 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Amazing post! BTW my last name is McNeely RT @plusmodelmag: PLUS Mag Updates Our Lane Bryant Striped Sweater Project

  9. PLUS Model Magazine

    January 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Getting Over Stripes- Our Lane Bryant Striped Sweater Project

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