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Stripes Are a Plus!

You may have heard that plus-size women are not supposed to wear stripes. Well, actually they are “allowed” if the stripes are vertical. That basically means that if you’re fat or curvy you can only wear stripes that adhere to certain “rules.”

But the thing is, stripes, whether vertical or horizontal, are fabulous, and you should wear them whenever and however you like! Not only are you free to wear whatever you want, but stripes really do look good on all kinds of bodies!

What Science Has to Say About It

Science? Yes, science. Peter Thompson of the University of York conducted research on the so-called “slimming effects” of wearing vertical stripes in 2008. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph:

“He asked people to compare more than 200 pairs of pictures of women wearing horizontally and vertically striped dresses. He then asked them to say, in each case, which of the two they thought was fatter. His experiment revealed that when the two women were the same size, the one wearing the horizontal-striped dress appeared to people to be the thinner of the two. And to make the women appear to be the same size, the one wearing the horizontal stripes had to be six per cent wider.” Dr Peter then concluded, “Horizontal stripes don’t make you look fat. The one wearing the vertical stripes looks wider than the one wearing the horizontal stripes.“Horizontal stripes, if anything, make you look thinner.”

Interesting findings, aren’t they? Not that we should care if vertical or horizontal stripes have slimming effects or not, but it’s good to know that one of those many fashion “taboos” was proven wrong scientifically. Could the other taboos - like wearing white - be just as useless?

Well, we don’t need scientists to state the obvious: stripes are great for everyBODY!

My Little Fashion Research

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been in contact with beautiful plus-size women searching for photographs of them wearing stripes. Most were bloggers who gave me permission to use their pictures in order to prove my point: we can all look gorgeous wearing stripes.

I tried to include body and style diversity in the pictures I chose for this post. I know the photos don’t cover all kinds of bodies or styles, but I hope this proves a good start letting you feel inspired and empowered to rock some stripes!

Same Piece, Two Outfits

These beautiful ladies of fashion are all wearing the same striped shirt or tunic with two different outfits.
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Litha is wearing both an elegant winter version and a sexy outfit with the same red and grey striped shirt.


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Valerie changed the hair, added a vest and a necklace and voilá, a whole new look was born!


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Camila changed only the lower part of her outfit and some accessories; this transformed a casual look into one a bit more formal.


My beautiful mother Victoria changed everything about her black and grey striped tunic when she took off her red cardigan
My beautiful mother, Victoria, changed everything about her black and grey striped tunic when she took off her red cardigan.

Striped Dresses and Skirts

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Alissa is earning her stripes, as she said, with this gorgeous, colorful dress! Usually stripes come in two colors but this dress not only has four, but the stripes are different sizes. Lovely!


This is me, with a pink and white striped polo shirt, black tights, black skirt and pink ballerina flats to make sure there's a bit of color on the lower part of the outfit. On the right side, a long striped gray skirt becomes a dress with a little help from a wrap cardigan and a large black belt.
This is me with a pink and white-striped polo shirt, black tights, black skirt and pink ballerina flats to make sure there’s a bit of color on the lower part of the outfit. On the right side, a long striped gray skirt becomes a dress with a little help from a wrap cardigan and a large black belt.


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Next, Pearls, Lace and Ruffles strike a beautiful combination of a striped black and white skirt and a nude jacket. Isn’t she a very sophisticated lady?


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Weesha chooses black and white for her mini skirt and her long sleeved dress.Different outfits, equally beautiful!

Looks with Jeans

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Thayane mixes casual with a Chanel twist. Very, very classy!


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Rebeca pairs up her jeans with a striped vest that adds a redifining element to her outfit.


This is me again, wearing one of my favorite polo shirts with a sweater under it. I like it too much to be hiden under the sweater, so I inverted their roles. On the second picture a summer outfit, <a href=
This is me again, wearing one of my favorite polo shirts with a sweater under it. I like it too much to be hiden under the sweater, so I inverted their roles. On the second picture a summer outfit, exercising my right to bear arms.


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Kalli shows us how sexy a pair of jeans and a striped top can be!


Kalli's sister Lara adds color to the equation and having as a result she gets a young and fresh look!
Kalli’s sister Lara adds color to the equation and as a result gets a young and fresh look!


In the end our stripe's session, these great tights from <a href=
And for the end our stripe’s session, these great tights from Hips and Curves. They are a reminder that we can change an entire outfit by adding an element like these and also that we can, and should, wear striped pieces of clothing whenever we want!


I’d like to thank all the beautiful women who contributed to this post and are helping the world get rid of fashion taboos, one stripe at a time.

And now I want to know what you think! Share your thoughts about stripes in the comments below. Do you have pictures of striped outfits you want to share? Well, you can right here!

Patricia Morgado is a Brazilian teacher, jewelry designer and a self acceptance and fashion blogger. She has a degree in Pedagogy and a Master's degree in Human Rights Education. She believes that the key to a happy life is learning to love ourselves. She also believes that fashion is for everyBODY. You can find her jewlery work at Madame Papu's.

To learn more abut Patricia, click here!

Comments

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  • Jay Solomon's avatar

    What a beautiful bunch of ladies rockin’ their stripes. They all look fabulous.

    Where is Weesha in the picture on the left?

  • Patricia Morgado's avatar

    Weesha lives in Dubai, so I guess it is there, but I’m not sure. She has a lot of beautiful pictures in Dubai, it’s a beautiful city!

  • Yep, that’s Dubai alright :) Great job Patricia, this was such a great read and everyone looks beautiful- including you!

  • Patricia Morgado's avatar

    Thanks Weesha! I’m so happy with this post and I’m very thankful that so many beautiful women , including you, helped me with it! :)

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