Q. I’ve noticed that stripes are back in fashion this summer but I’m nervous about wearing them, as I’ve heard they can make you look bigger. Is that just a myth – or should I avoid wearing them altogether?

A. Bright, bold, fat or thin, stripes are all over the map each summer. Whether they turn up on playful skirts, fitted blazers or slim pants, the effect is fun and flirtatious. This time around, they're on everything from funky bags to glamorous evening dresses and will get you lots of admiring glances. While horizontal stripes might sound like a challenge, it's not only super-skinny supermodels who can get away with them. In most cases, as long as you avoid skin-tight stripes, you'll probably be fine.

Generally stripes are hard to wear on the bottom half. You need the confidence to wear them because they are so eye-catching. But put some thought into choosing the correct pieces for your age and shape and everyone can cut a dash in sharp lines. It depends how you do it.

The neon’s are hard to wear simply because they are quite high fashion and as you get older you slide into a more classic style. If you choose reds, navies and blues with white stripes, that can look really good with other pieces in your wardrobe (dressed up or down) - maybe with jeans or a blazer. Blacks and silver also look great in the evening.

Need a little style inspiration? Here’s how to work the striped look two different ways.

Blazer, €62 Awear, red skinny jeans €42 Very.co.uk, white scoop vest €5.99 Internationale, red suede shoulder bag €89 La Redoute, ballerina pumps €45 Monsoon.

Women's Stripe Drop Hem Maxi Dress €42.99 Blueinc.co.uk, cobalt blue scarf €6 Heatons, beige stud belt €22 Marks and Spencer, blue raffia peep toe wedge €34.99 New Look