Horizontal Stripes – Friend or Foe

We’ve all known the fashion rules (made to be broken – in most cases, we say), but the one that seems stuck in our collective consciousness is the decree on horizontal stripes. According to widely held beliefs, the cross-body lines make any woman, except one with a very tiny, boyish frame, look extra large.

We did a little digging and discovered widely differing opinions. Our favourite has science as a back-up. According to the Helmholtz Illusion, horizontal stripes flatter – especially on a rectangular shape (like a frock or knit). Still not convinced? Get with the program, this pattern is not going anywhere.