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Sunday, June 26th 2016

9:57 AM

Showing My Love for "The Cat In The Hat" in Stripes

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Victoria Moore in Striped Outfit She Wore

"I know some good games we could play," said the cat.

--"The Cat In The Hat" by Dr. Seuss

 

   The week before I had to "wear stripes to celebrate Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat" at the school where I was subbing I didn't realize how much the book would teach me about working with the students new to Dr. Seuss or how much I'd enjoy putting together, and wearing my version, of a striped ensemble, until I started my literary and sartorial adventure.

   Drawn as an anthropomorphic (attributing human shape and characteristics to an animal, god, or inanimate thing) character in a snazzy red and white striped top hat, bright scarlet "bow tie" and sparkly white jazz hand gloves, the "Cat" introduces a more complicated story line that challenges the beginning reader beyond the simplistic "Dick and Jane primers" with rhyming text, multiple characters and a longer length at 61 pages.

   This difference became apparent to me when I was working with a first grade Hispanic student who had difficulty completing the book and complained that it was "too much" and "too long". Disappointed that, despite my efforts to split up the reading time into more than one session I realized this student wouldn't experience the joy I had when I first read it in Preschool. I subsequently discussed this problem with the Resource teacher and we decided to demonstrate the magical text of Dr. Seuss by reading it aloud to the students. Fortunately, all over the campus and in various classrooms, volunteers were reading "The Cat In The Hat" in the hopes of converting new readers.

   To coordinate my outfit, for the day, I studied a few fashion layouts, examined the striped pieces I had in my closets, then headed to "Forever 21" in the "Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza" to put together an inexpensive, but fun get up. After looking through their Sale rack I found a light blue and white color blocked sleeveless mini dress, then in the print leggings section, I found a pair of red, black, white and blue leggings that picked up the colors in the dress perfectly.

   Once I got them home I coordinated them further with my light blue and black striped Ann Taylor cardigan, my black and white pinstriped Norma Kamali blazer and for the finishing touch I added a beige, black and white silk scarf to wear around my neck and a pair of striped Nautica sneakers I'd gotten from "Ross". 

   This Spring one of the hottest trends is stripes-whether worn in a bold pattern with a solid color, an accent as an accessory, or part of a patriotic red, white and blue theme-giving the season a bold, nostalgic flavor. Throughout my journey with this "required look" and my revelation about breaking through to a frustrated student I also learned how to embrace something new by putting forth a little effort. 

 


 

Norma Kamali blazer over light blue and white color-blocked dress and multicolored striped leggings.

 

How to Wear Stripes Now:

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  • Wear bright striped patterns in bold colors, such as yellow and red or orange and blue.
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  • Wear a solid colored belt over a striped dress or top to add an accent.
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  • Wear solid black socks and shoes to add further contrast.
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  • Mix and match stripes, like small with bold, etc.,
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  • Wear bold accessories to counterbalance the look.
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2) DON'T:

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  • Wear tight fitting dresses, skirts, tops or pants, with stripes, if you have a curvaceous or plus-size figure, instead wear longer mid-length and floor-length full dresses, tops, palazzos and other wide-legged pants with a suble vertical striped design.
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  • Don't ruin the effect of stripes by adding the wrong bag. Look for boxy, graphic bags in bold colors to add sophistication.
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  • Don't be afraid to mix strips with other prints to get an interesting effect.
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  • Don't let your lifestyle prevent you from wearing stripes. Anyone from a student to a business woman can find a way to incorporate stripes into their wardrobe, whether it's with a pair of black and white pants, a blue and white striped shirt or a striped scarf or purse.
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  • Don't let your budget stop you from wearing stripes because you can find striped items at every price range regardless of where you live or where you shop.
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