All women are conscious of their weight. For ages women have been confused whether stripes would make them look slim or fat. Women of larger proportions have been told that horizontal stripes draw the eye to problem areas, making them look bigger than they actually are. Instead women have been urged to go for vertical stripes, which have an elongating effect, apparently making the wearer look taller and slimmer. Many arguments have taken place about stripes both in the fashion and the scientific world.
The fashion police say that horizontal stripes should never been worn by women with curves. But the latest scientific research first told women that horizontal stripes should be their thing, but was disproved later.
The first research says that stripes which go across the body are slimming and it’s actually vertical stripes that are fattening. “Our conclusion is that there is precious little evidence to support the idea that horizontal stripes make us look fat,” said researcher Dr Peter Thompson. The York University psychologist said it was unclear why the orientation of stripes should have such an effect, although horizontal lines may create an illusion of depth, which reduces width. While it is uncertain when the idea that horizontal stripes are fattening took hold, the opposite and now apparently correct.
German physiologist Hermann von Helmholtz noted in his 1867 Handbook of Physiological Optics that ‘ladies’ frocks with cross stripes on them make the figure look taller’.
Later, after knowing about Dr Thompson research, there came another scientist called Val Watham, 53, was utterly unconvinced by the findings, released in 2008 by the University of York, which claimed the stripes known in the fashion world as hoops.
To disprove the research, she took to the streets with an army of models dressed in garments bearing both horizontal and vertical stripes – and asked passers-by to rate their figures according to how they looked. Her own results, presented to an audience and judging panel at the Cheltenham Science Festival this weekend, proved the long held belief that horizontal stripes do indeed make women appear broader, while vertical stripes make the wearer seem taller.