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Research Shows Horizontal Stripes Actually Slimming

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Assuming the results of this research study also apply to men, this is is quite interesting news for us here.

Has the idea that horizontal stripes widen the visual object become so ingrained that even reading this won't change the popular opinion of horizontal striped shirts?

I know I'll be more receptive to purchasing them now. It's very surprising that this idea could go unchecked for so long (admittedly, I'd like to see a separate study confirm the results).
 

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vertical stripes make you look fat. why? because everyone knows fat people use vertical stripes to try to look slimmer.
 

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Stripes, horizontal or otherwise, can have bulking or slimming effects by the intensity and thickness of the strips.

A high intensity thick vertical stripes will be bulking but a medium intensity pinstripe will be slimming. Same thing with horizontal/diagonal stripes.
 

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Dr. York appears to be onto something. While it would be helpful to see the images used in the study, he comments on a picture in a different article. For anyone not too distracted by the attractive wearer, it seems that despite the narrow horizontal stripes, there is a slimming illusion, probably due mostly to spacing and maybe what's meant by "intensity" also the colors. Very likely, the best way to evaluate would be to look at the item from a few meters away. That particular pattern probably wouldn't look clearly striped from a distance. It's unfortunate that Dr. York seems to be saying that horizontal don't widen, for in many cases they do.
 

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They work on attractive people, in casual settings. Beyond that, think twice.
 

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Originally Posted by Working Stiff
So, sailor stripe t-shirts are a good idea?
Only when combined with coordinating clamdiggers.
 

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That's very interesting. I have certainly never noticed that I look any taller wearing vertical stripes.

I was always puzzled by this following dress worn by Ingrid Berman in Notorious:



Bergman is hardly the modern anorexic looking ideal, and I have always wonderfed how she managed to pull it off.
 

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