lt is important to know that horizontal stripes make the body look wider and are therefore suited to smaller frames. In contrast, vertical stripes make the body appear slender with a longer frame.
Should you find a jacket, skirt or pants patterned with either vertical or horizontal stripes, you will be able to determine the quality of the garment by checking the shoulder, back and side seams. When the patterns match, you can be certain the garment is of high end quality.
Know that stretchy synthetic fabrics will twist and turn on the body and possibly cause a striped pattern to become out of shape visually. Stretchy fabrics will also accentuate body parts and can make them appear larger. Be conscious of this if you have a larger body frame.