Wednesday, 22 May 2013 10:00
Do Horizontal Stripes Make You Look Larger: Fact or Myth?Written by d'Italia
It’s another of the many common debates in the world of simple slimming methods. For those of us many women out there looking to keep slimmer appearances with quick fixes, stripes can be your friend or enemy in theory, so we’ll get to the truth of whether or not horizontal stripes have a place in your wardrobe. The Case For The case for this theory is that horizontal stripes bring along a “widening” look for the wearer, leading viewers’ eyes to perceive said person to actually be taking up more lateral space than may actually be true. The Case Against There was a scientific study nearly a decade ago that made the case that horizontal stripes actually do the opposite, making wearers look thinner due to something called the Helmholtz illusion. The Verdict But then a UK study came out a few years after that asked 500 participants to decide for themselves from a series of images, and the fact is – whether you need scientific proof or not – that people who wear horizontal stripes are likely to be seen as larger than those wearing vertical stripes.