Dare to go horizontal and bold.Ever heard that horizontal stripes will add a few inches to your waistline?
This common fashion maxim may not be sage advice.
A new study by YouBeauty Attraction Expert Viren Swami, Ph.D., finds that horizontal stripes aren't so bad after all.
In the study, a woman in cahoots with the researchers pretended to be a participant while wearing a dress with either horizontal stripes, vertical stripes or no stripes (her dress was white every time and the stripes were navy blue). Later, the real participants rated her body size.
Turns out, they rated her a little bit heavier when she was wearing horizontal stripes-but the difference was barely noticeable.
"People should probably not worry too much about wearing vertical or horizontal stripes," says Swami. "They don't make much of a difference to perceived height and weight."
Our fashion expert agrees.
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