Diagonal stripes are incredibly slimming and, like vertical stripes, no matter where you place them on your body they elongate your look.
As with horizontal and vertical stripes, the fashion optical illusion caused by diagonal stripes is due to how your eyes read lines. As a refresher, in the western world we read from left to right so the illusion caused depends on the direction of the vertical. (Refer to this post for additional background on the optical illusion.)
Our eyes read diagonal lines from left to right
Take a look at the two striped tops below.
The stripes on the left top cause our eyes to move upward as we see the lines left to right. On the other hand, the stripes on the right top cause our eyes to look down or to the waist.
Diagonal lines can take our eyes to the center
Look at the two skirts below. The skirt on the right takes our eyes upward and to the center while the skirt on the left takes our eyes downward and to the center.
Either of these skirts are slimming – I’m just pointing out where the eyes land – either at the waist or at the knees.
Below is an outfit for the office featuring a dress that is very slimming and elongating. Click here to see the outfit on Polyvore and to see where the items are available for sale.
Which stripes will you be wearing? Horizontal? Vertical? Or perhaps diagonal? Send me your comments!