Chevron has come a long way from its stoic military beginnings: The angled V-shaped pattern is now cropping up on everything from sporty shorts to sophisticated sweaters. (We've even spotted it on iPhone cases.)

Luckily, there are lots of ways to add these zigzagging stripes to your wardrobe without getting dizzy:

Clothes Chevron lines give attire a clean, modern look with vertical pleats that also happen to be super slimming. Pair Adam's A-line wool skirt ($223) with a black turtleneck or make Mikael Aghal's silk wrap dress ($153) winter-appropriate with tights and a blazer. The look goes luxe with Milly's polished Camille Coat ($525) and this stunning woven number from Balenciaga ($1,235).

Accessories We love the way chevron accents liven up drab outfits. Dress up a little black dress with Anna Sui's textured tights ($18) and this vibrant tasseled wristlet from Anthropologie ($195), or invest in one of these gleaming sterling-silver necklaces with carved opals ($550). Get the patterned look for less with this roomy carryall ($30) or Free People's cool cross-body clutch ($30).

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