Now, we all know the old saying that horizontal stripes make women look fat, whilst vertical stripes tend to slim women down. There is some truth to that, however, there are tons of ways to wear stripes (horizontal or otherwise) that could result in you looking fabulous. So don’t immediately shy away from stripes, they might just work to your advantage!
Let’s start with the basics! As most of us already know, vertical stripes make us look taller and slimmer. Donning a dress with even vertical stripes would be an easy choice to add length to the body as well as to cut width from it. If you happen to have a petite frame and wish to look taller, vertical stripes are the way to go!
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Dress, $99.90, from Dorothy Perkins.
A Good Bias
Diagonal stripes are magic when it comes to slimming your look too. Oblique lines pull focus towards the tips where they meet creating the illusion that the body is generally smaller. A handy tip: Drape diagonal stripes over problematic areas, whether it’s your tummy, hips or thighs.
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Skirt, $69.90, from Zara
Pick and Mix
Didn’t we say that every type of stripe has its own advantages? This look works wonders for those who have pear-shaped bods. The horizontal stripes on the top broaden the upper body, whilst the vertical stripes on the bottom lengthen the legs and slim the hips, giving you a nice hourglass figure. Who wouldn’t want that?
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Dress, $79.90, from Warehouse
That's a Wrap
Play around with diagonals and verticals. More longitudinal stripes equals more height!
Skirt, $89.90, from Topshop
And here is where the (unjustly) dreaded horizontal stripes come in. Thin and even horizontal stripes work well for those who have longer torsos. These stripes cleverly trim the upper body resulting in lengthier looking stems without having to pair vertical stripes on bottoms. The trick is to ensure that the stripes end just above the hip to ace the look!
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