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emt95348
« on: July 10, 2006 10:51:34 AM »

for the life of me I can't remember which are supposed to be slimming?Huh I am getting ready to start a new skirt and I don't know if it would be better to place the stripes horizontal or vertical?.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006 10:53:54 AM »

Vertical stripes are supposed to be slimming....but I prefer horizontal because it makes me feel less like a circus tent. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006 10:54:05 AM »

Vertical stripes are slimming.
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2006 01:23:05 PM »

great....thanks for the quick responses! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2006 06:28:22 AM »

That is all true.  However, there are certain fabrics, like knits that have to be constructed so that the natural stretch of the fabric goes across the body.  If they happen to be woven or printed so that the stripe is horizontal, they cannot be comfortably changed.
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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2006 08:30:31 PM »

Vertical details are slimming while horizontal details emphasize width (and should never be put on a problem area).

However, urban myth to the contrary, vertical stripes are not slimming if they are large enough to be counted--then the number and width of the stripes just emphasizes the width of the body.  Also, for people with one particular problem area (such as very pear-shaped people), the way the stripes interact with the seams can emphasize the width of that body part. 

Basically, you have to go with your gut instead of rules on this one.  If the stripes are wide, just hold it against your body and see which one makes you happier. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2006 06:58:26 PM »

I have to say that it is the verticals that are supposed to be slimming but I have found the horizontals are more flattering for some reason.  maybe it's due to juniper's reasoning but If you think about it, if you're curvy the lines aren't gonna look like straight verticals, where as the horizontals will always look horizontal!
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