For a long time now, I have been prone to buying striped apparel without even thinking about it. It's like I'm drawn to striped tanks, bags, shorts, shoes, you name it. There is a right way to wear stripes and there is a wrong way to wear stripes. If it's tight, it's probably not a good idea. Stripes can make you look larger, but only if you're not wearing them right. A tight striped tank is going to show off your flaws rather than hide them. For pants: vertical stripes only. Although shorts can have horizontal stripes and still be flattering. Striped bags and hats are always fun for the summer!