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Want to look thin? Wear horizontal stripes - New study
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Sep '08
People with overweight or medium physique have always been advised to keep away from horizontal stripes, as they make them look fatter.

However, this theory was recently proved wrong by British research team led by Peter Thompson.

Mr Thompson started this research a year ago, inspired by Prof Hermann von Helmholtz who in 19th century drew two identically sized squares and put vertical stripes on one and horizontal on the other.

That experiment showed the square with the horizontal stripes appeared taller and thinner than the other square.

Mr Thompson told Fibre2fashion, “Prof Hermann's theory is right. He claimed that we can make out the difference in day to day life.”

According to Mr Thompson, a number of experiments both with squares and oblongs and pictures of women wearing horizontal and vertical stripes were conducted.

A group of people were also asked to compare over 200 pairs of images of women in a variety of stripy combinations. The horizontal stripes were judged more slimming.

Mr Peter Thompson stressed, “Amazingly, women wearing horizontal stripes look almost 6 percent thinner.”


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