Ladies, I can’t imagine I am writing this article now. For a long time, I thought horizontal stripes and plus size can’t live in harmony with each other. I don’t have any horizontal stripes dresses in my wardrobe in the past until one day I saw a curvy lady and she looks AMAZING in her horizontal stripes. This really shocks me and now I realized there are many tips and tricks to wear stripes in a flattering way! Here are the 7 tips on how to wear horizontal stripes as a plus-size lady, enjoy!
1. Opt for narrow horizontal stripes instead of wide stripes
I am glad that I’ve found this picture as this is a perfect illusion of how the width of the stripes can affect how we look dramatically! I wish I knew this sooner – yes, narrow horizontal stripes are way more slimming than the wide stripes.
The thick stripes create an exaggerating effect and make the pattern looks larger than it originally is. These board patterns also visually chop your body into few big chunks and that makes you look bulkier. But when you opt for thin horizontal stripes, with the density, they just look like lines and avoid the “chopping effect”.
According to the research from Anglia Ruskin University, it is advised that your clothes will be slimming when you opt for the width of the stripes under 2.5 cm and when your clothes have more than 20 stripes or more.
2. Minimise the color contrast between the stipes
I realised this rule myself when I saw how flattering I look in grey-white horizontal stripes than my black-white stripes top.
One of the reasons why stripes can make people look fatter is it draws much unwanted attention by creating a big contrast between colors like white and black. That being said, if you wear clothes with less contrast like grey-white or babypink-white combination, you can minimize the attention and look slimmer naturally.
I personally love colors combination other than black and white for a less intense and softer look!
3. Wear the horizontal stripes that are even out
This is a small tip yet many people don’t know about that at all. Always wear the stripes that are more even as this is slim down your figure visually. The ideal ratio is the width of black stripes is the same as the white stripes.
Some people may think they will look better if the clothes has less stripes. This is just a myth and oppositely, this will makes the stripes look more obvious and again chop you visually into few pieces. With the more even more stripes, it makes the pattern less messy and avoid the exaggerating effect.
4. Layer your look with a plain color jacket
If you want to wear sharp color combination like black and white, another way to balance the volume out is do plain color layering. Not only it’s chic, the plain color can stop the exaggerating effect and make you look more polished and put together. I recommend wearing something that is more structured with sturdy fabric so it can gives you more shape. Fabrics like tweed, faux leather, thick cotton is always better than the flowy fabric like silk and polyester. Added to this, avoid all the tops with big prints as “prints x stripes” will create a really overwhelming pattern and ruin your body ratio.
When it doubt, always remember looking good is all about taking balance. ” Plain color x stripes” is always the golden rule.
5. Style the horizontal stripes that flatter your curves
Before purchase a stripes dress or top, always question are those stripes flatters your curves.
Besides the full stripes, we can always pick different designs like chest stripe shirt or arm stripe shirt to cater to our body shape. For the girls with a small chest and want to add some volume to your upper body, a chest stripe shirt is always a flattering choice. (This is also why there are many guys wear chest stripes shirt as this can bulk their chest up.) For me, I avoid all the tight horizontal stripes dress or pants as I am a pear shape girl, tops or long dresses are always the smarter choice!
Added to this, no matter what designs you prefer, always wear the one that is a bit looser. It makes the horizontal stripes less intense and minimise the exaggerating effect.
6. Wear V neck or off-shoulder when you wearing stripes
Ladies, stay away from all high neck or round neck top if you want to wear stripes. That can be brutal.
As stripes already add certain attention to your clothes, you want a slim cutting that can balance the volume down. Things like round neck not only will shorten your neckline, it makes your face looks rounder and your body looks chubbier. Instead, the V neck is a great choice as the defined lining adds an extension towards your neckline and creates some vertical lining to balance the stripes. But my ultimate wear is always the off-shoulder, by showing the neckline ( one of the thinnest part of our body), you just effortlessly tame the bulkiness of the horizontal stripes and make our shoulder appears slimmer like wonder!
So ladies, if you come across a nice off-shoulder stripes that fit your curves, JUST BUY IT.
7. Style your horizontal stripes with accessories and shoes
Whenever I wear horizontal stripes dress, I will always balance it with some simple accessories. It’s true that the horizontal stripes can look a bit too casual sometimes and wearing some simple accessories is always the easiest way to dress it up and elevate the look. One of my favorites is wearing a Y long necklace to create some straight line on my upper body. For earrings, instead of the big hoop earrings that make my face looks rounder, I opt for the elegant long straight line earring for an elongating effect.
For shoes, I always wear pointed flats or heels to balance the horizontal effect on my upper body. If you want to look even slimmer, wearing nude shoes that exactly match your skin colors can make your legs look longer! So ladies, embrace stripes as your accessories can always balance it out.
So ladies, here are the 7 tips on how to wear horizontal stripes as a plus-size lady! Let’s have a quick checklist first.
- Opt for narrow horizontal stripes instead of wide stripes
- Minimize the color contrast between the stipes
- Wear the horizontal stripes that are even out
- Layer your look with a plain color jacket
- Style the horizontal stripes that flatter your curves
- Wear V neck or off-shoulder when you wearing stripes
- Style your horizontal stripes with accessories and shoes
I hope these tips are new and practical to you! All in all, choosing a dress that have narrow even light stripes and you are go to go! For many curvy and plus size ladies, horizontal stripes are a big tattoo. But you know what, we can wear whatever we want! All we need is some clever tricks and tips to do some contour and we are good to go! After all, as the quote says, “Life is too short to wear boring clothes!”
By the way, if you are interested in plus size dressing, you may find these articles useful! See you there ladies!