For years, one of the popular rules of fashion dictates curvy women to wear horizontal stripes, which elongate the figure, and draw the eyes away from “wide” body areas. This is a long held fashion rules, making many women avoid wearing clothes with horizontal stripes. But, the new research shatters this ‘Fashion Funda’.
It found that horizontal stripes actually make people look slimmer!“It is a common misconception that dresses or tops with horizontal stripes appear to broaden a person's figure” according to Dr Peter Thompson, the perception expert of York University. “Stripes that run across the body are more slimming than supposedly-flattering vertical stripes”, he says.
To reach this conclusion, people were asked to compare more than 200 pairs of pictures of women wearing horizontally and vertically striped dresses. He then asked them to say, in each case, which of the two they thought was fatter. Amazingly, his experiment revealed that when the two women were the same size, the one wearing the horizontal-striped dress appeared to be the thinner of the two.
Dr. Thompson said it was not clear why the visual illusion existed, although it could be that the horizontal stripes made an image more 3D and introducing depth could reduce width.