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Fashion, Style, and Professional Impression in Hong Kong

Horizontal Stripes are OK

Horizontal stripes have been a fashion faux-pas for years… right next to tight white jeans – AVOID, AVOID, AVOID unless you’re very slim.  The good news is, horizontal stripes in the correct pattern and size will make you look slimmer… just like wearing the wrong vertical stripes will make you look wider.


Thin horizontal stripes, evenly spaced, contrasting tone (navy/white; red/white, etc) or very muted – such as the Isabel Marant shirt pictured above.  Thin stripes work well to slim because the eye will see the pattern and keep moving up and down along the pattern.  This look is especially popular in the classic Breton sailor style in both snug-fit knit shirts and dresses.   These days, a good look is throwing a blazer or jacket over a striped shirt with a pair of chic jeans.

Thin vertical stripes – a safe bet, these stripes will elongate and slim.

Very wide horizontal stripes in 2 tones are very popular now.  The bold color and pattern should not be worn too snug (unless you have a rockin’ bod) and is best bought a bit over-sized and matched with slim-fit jeans or a slim skirt to balance the proportions.  The below is Kate Moss wearing Isabel Marant – my favorite designer.

Descending horizontal stripes and color:  a flattering look is a top or dress with horizontal stripes that become thinner and more closely spaced towards the waist as seen below in Eva Longoria Parker‘s dress.  She accentuates her waist with a bold belt.  Also nice is wearing a brighter color on the top, and darker color at the waist and below to create an hour-glass shape.  See dress below.

AVOID – thick vertical stripes.  The eye will count the number of stripes and make you appear wider.

AVOID – horizontal multi-colored stripes in bright colors.  It is an unflattering and widening look unless you are very young.

A good rule of thumb when you are in doubt – go for it.  It’s only fashion… be confident and look terrific!


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