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(one's) (true) stripes

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, or disposition. (A less common variant of "one's (true) colors.") Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true stripes once he realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. You will really see your friends' true stripes when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
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But beware, horizontal stripes around your hips can make them appear larger, so choose your stripes carefully
Alternatively, if you like your stripes with a little more bite, the Lassa cushion in orange and grey stripes evokes the beauty of a tiger's coat without looking scary.
Don't start your stripes until this is completely dry.
Mark out your stripes using a tape measure or ruler and pencil, and then stand back to check that the strips are uniform and that they look correct.
IF you're big on top but slim on the hips keep all your stripes for trousers and skirts and team them with self-coloured tops that will be more flattering.
They're smart enough for the office - so you don't have to sacrifice your stripes during the daytime
WEAR your stripes with pride, says Lynn Brodrick, manager of Coast at House of Fraser, Middlesbrough.
Lose the minimal look and earn your stripes on the style front.