As I wrote in previous posts, you can use stripes to flatter your figure or wear stripes to your disadvantage. In the same vein, the wrong prints can be disastrous for your figure. They can widen your hips, shorten your body or make you look like a sofa.
1 - The multi colored flowers, on one side of the skirt, help draw the eye to that side of your body only. The result is that we are tricked into believing that your lower body is half the size. If the right hand side of the skirt was black, instead of a white background, the effect would be even more pronounced, as dark colours recede to the eye.
Finally, the black horizontal stripe is used as a slimming trick to show off your narrowest point, above the knee.
2 - On this skirt, the centre panel is offset by the lime colored stripes, which point diagonally. This has a slimming effect on the wearer for two reasons:
a/ The centre panel reduces the width of your hips and thighs.
b/ The diagonal stripes point downwards, thus helping to reduce your width.
This print would be especially flattering for pear shaped and plus sized women.
3 - The dragon print on this skirt is both original and clever. The dragon motif stands out in this print. However, you will notice that the coils do not cover the whole width of the garment. This helps to minimize the width of the hips and thighs, even when the background is white, as it is here.
4 - As you know, floral prints can be a bit of a hit and miss. Sometimes, even more miss than hit. On this occasion, you might think that the multicoloured print of this skirt is too much. However, by being divided by black stripes, the overall look is still pleasing to the eye, and not too busy. The stripe at the waistline shows off the waist. The two diagonals, along with the two vertical stripes at the front of the skirt, create three narrow panels. These panels slim down the wearer, not only with the help of the centre panel, but also by the indistinct outline of the rest of the floral print. Even though the floral print is busy in itself, the black stripes help calm it all down as it is these black stripes, not the florals, which stand out.
5 - The red baroque print differs from the others as the colours are not contrasting with each other. However, this skirt is still flattering because of the textured look of the print. The centre of the skirt, helped by the two nude squares at the bottom of the print, diverts the eye away from the hips and thighs. Broken down into light and dark, with the nude colour seen throughout, this print becomes slimming.
6 - In this monochrome skirt, the white motif at the sides contrasts with the plain black of the rest of the skirt. This creates interest at the sides while remaining slimming. That's right, the black centre panel narrows at your widest area, just where you want it to.
You are now ready to hit the shops with a critical eye and make the best decision based on these examples. Bonne chance!
Originally published on 7/6/13
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