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HomeNewsUK NewsKelly Brook underwearHorizontal stripes actually make you look thin not fat: 20 fashion myths exposedHaving a “fat” day? That means you’ll probably stick to dark colours, wear an over sized jacket and avoid vertical stripes like the plague.00:00, 12 SEP 2008Updated12:12, 14 FEB 2013Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHaving a “fat” day? That means you’ll probably stick to dark colours, wear an over sized jacket and avoid vertical stripes like the plague.But guess what? You will only end up making yourself look even bigger than when you started.New research revealed yesterday shatters the long held fashion rule which dictates that curvy girls should stick to up and down stripes, which elongate the figure, and shun “widening” side to side stripes.The man who has exploded this myth is Peter Thompson, an expert in perception in York University’s psychology department.He asked people to compare more than 200 pairs of pictures of women wearing horizontally and vertically striped dresses, then asked them to say which of the two they thought was fatter.Amazingly, his experiment showed that when the two women were the same size, the one wearing the horizontally striped dress was deemed to be the thinner of the two.Dr Thompson says: “Horizontal stripes don’t make you look fat. If anything, they make you look thinner.”Crikey. And here are some more fashion “facts” that turn out to be complete fiction.(1) MYTH: A V neck top will minimise a large bust.Truth: A V neck actually draws attention to a large chest look at curvy Kelly Brook. If you’ve got big boobs and don’t want men peering down your cleavage, try a slightly higher scoop neck, or wear a camisole underneath a low V neck.(2) MYTH: Black clothes will make you look slimmer.Truth: Black absorbs light and looks dense, so it can make you appear bigger than you are. Try something softer, such as charcoal grey. It won’t soak up light but it will still have a slimming effect.(3) MYTH: Wearing high heels gives you bunions.Truth: There’s no medical proof to support this. Bunions are hereditary and even a life in flatties wouldn’t have saved Victoria Beckham’s poor feet.(4) MYTH: Cufflinks are so oldfashioned these days.Truth: David Beckham wears them, need we say any more?(5) MYTH: Bandeau tops look good on flat chested women.Truth: Not without a good strapless bra, they don’t. Look at Keira Knightley at the premiere of The Duchess, this week. Rather than flatter her, that bandeau dress flattened her.(6) MYTH: Never mix patterns and prints.Truth: It’s fine if they complement each other and the colours work. Designer Paul Smith does it all the time.
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