Vertical & Horizontal Stripes


How many time have you loved a clothing item but did not buy because it had Horizontal Stripes? Or how many time have you heard that Vertical stripes will make you look a size smaller… Am sure many a times.

When I train to be Image Consultants and discuss the importance of lines in dressing, this particular topic is like an Aha moment, a myth buster for so many.

Well, to break your bubble, it’s never about the type of stripes, it’s about the size & spacing of stripes.

Decoding the 4 paired images

1. Thick stripes & wide spacing – the stripes are thick and widely spaced, hence women with small bust and narrow shoulders will, in fact, benefit from this as it will give an illusion of width.

2. Medium stripes & wide spacing – The stripes here are medium in size and widely spaced. This works well with women on a petite frame and smaller bust.

3. Medium stripes & medium spaced – When you have medium stripes, medium spaced whether horizontal/vertical flatters all body shapes and types.

4. Thin stripes & narrow spacing – So if you are heavy busted or a large and upwards body frame, opt for medium to thin stripes with narrow spacing. This pattern will give an illusion of length even if its horizontal stripes.

So next time when you go shopping, don’t shy away from horizontal stripes 🙂

Do you have other such myths for diferent prints and patterns, head over here and read more on prints and patterns. 


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Jainee Gandhi is an accomplished and acclaimed senior Image consultant who operates under her firm Imagedge Academy. Head hunter to head turner… A classy personal shopper… Bringing Indian wear back to corporates… One of the very few Senior Certified Image Professionals in Asia… A celebrated and highly featured Image coach… Mentor for budding Image consultants… There are many phrases that have been used to describe her work in the last half a decade… But what she really is, is a person who has a passion to get every individual portray their best authentic image – with a focus on appearance – for more often than not there is nothing more powerful than the impression of the first look. Her motto is “Refuse to be unseen”. Jainee believes in a holistic way of Image makeover for her clients and image professionals. She believes that “Style has to be inclusive of all age, size, color, restrictions of any sorts will limit clients in a box and not let them explore their true worth.” She has established a few offerings in this space, The Indie Attire, Master Class for Image Consultants,– a unique blog to simplify styling.

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