If you’re looking to play it safe, pair your vertical stripes with a simple blouse in a solid color. If the skirt is casual, pair it with a simple cotton T. For a dressier skirt, top it off with a silk or chiffon blouse. Depending on the color of your skirt, you can choose just about any color blouse. For an understated look, choose a neutral color -- black, white, gray or navy blue. But if you’re looking to make just a bit of a fashion statement, choose a brighter color that contrasts with your skirt. Try a bright yellow blouse with a blue and white striped skirt, or a flashy fuchsia blouse with emerald green stripes.
Some women are afraid of stripes, whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal. But if you’re not afraid to embrace the design, consider adorning yourself on top and bottom. Pairing a striped skirt with a striped top requires a bit of trial and error. Not all stripes look good together -- but other combinations will knock you off your stiletto-adorned feet. When pairing stripes, choose different widths. If your skirt features wide, thick stripes, choose a smaller, thinner stripe for your top. You might also pair the vertical stripes of your skirt with a horizontal or diagonal stripe on top. The color rules are just as flexible as choosing a solid blouse. If you're feeling a little wild, choose contrasting colors that complement one another. If you're looking for a more subdued look, stick with the same color family and let your stripes steal the show.
A vertically striped skirt has such a strict geometric pattern that it can look a bit rigid. To soften the look and add a bit of flair, top your geometric pattern with a feminine floral. Although they might seem like an unusual combination, the two patterns complement each other nicely. Again, choose a relatively tight-fitting blouse, but don’t be afraid of ruffles, bling or bows. To tone the look down a bit, pair it with a blazer or cardigan in a complementary color.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge with a bold color or wild print, you can use your accessories to dress up a vertical skirt. In this case, top your skirt with a simple blouse in a neutral color. Then add a splash of color with a bold scarf and matching pair of heels. Or opt for a chunky bib or jewel necklace and matching bangles on your wrist.