‘I don’t wear horizontal stripes! They make you look fat!’
This is one of the biggest myths in the world of women’s fashion. Yes, there is some truth in it. Big, wide, obvious horizontal stripes can make you look wider (ie fatter).
Horizontal stripes are a basic fashion that all women can wear. Many brands make them plain and boring but good designers make them versatile and smart.
It’s All about Contrast
Stripes are usually a mixture of two colours. They can be muted, soft, medium or bright. In a basic design, these contrasting colours generate a ‘so-so’ response. When you find a design that uses horizontal stripes in unexpected or slightly different ways, it lifts the power of contrast to a higher level. Wearing these designs makes you look like a smart woman who shines. You stand out from the crowd. You attract compliments and you look like an influential leader.
Mix Thick & Thin or Horizontal & Vertical
Graduated horizontal stripes from thin at the top to thicker at hip level or in the skirt on the left , are one simple way to do this. Be careful of horizontal stripes on skirts. You do not want wide stripes around your widest area.
Variety can be added by mixing one panel of a thicker vertical stripe to the basic thin horizontal stripe as in this Butterick 5561 pattern. In muted or soft colours and with a two-thirds vertical to one-third horizontal width, it is slimming as it follows the magic princess line.
A Touch of Contrast
Horizontal stripes are a stand-out feature when they are added from bust to shoulder line on a plain colour background. Another touch of contrast is to have one of your wider stripes in a different colour like the Events top above that has with one stripe in red.
Chevrons like this Chico’s jacket are zigzag horizontal stripes. They look best in variations of one colour. Wear the jacket over a plain singlet or T-shirt and not with the matching chevron singlet top.
Horizontal stripes can be boring or interesting. Smart women look for the unexpected or the interesting. You choice will be governed by your Introvert or Extrovert nature. Make the most of yourself in horizontal stripes and you will shine. Other women will then be inspired to follow your lead.
(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 15 November 2012. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)