Stripes are a complicated pattern. Especially for someone who has a larger chest. I have found some stripes work and some don't. But it all depends on the size of the stripes, the cut and color and the fabric. I recently purchased a Gap gray and white striped blazer. I really stepped out of my box here because normally I don't wear such light colors (I love me my jewel tones) and I am still a little new to the stripes world. I really like it, the blazer fits perfectly and I think the navy colored t-shirt I have on makes me feel more comfortable wearing something so light. What do you think of stripes? How do you wear your stripes?