Trivia time!  Take a look at the group of lines below and select the longest in length; I will wait.


Did you conclude all of the lines are equal? If so, you are correct!

Although, it may appear the 4th line (from left to right) is longer, it does not change the lines length.

This strategy can be applied to how we “suit” our bodies when it comes to clothing.  Take a look at the graphic below how one outfit can give two separate messages.  The cinched waist displays a stark difference from a visual perspective and gives a cleaner more balanced effect.

Capturing the right optical effect is all about balance.

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Likewise, the example below is a simple a-line dress. The illustration with the dropped waist makes the mannequin’s torso appear longer; creating a big difference to the body type and shape.


The same difference is notable with horizontal (parallel) and vertical (Upright) lines too.


Upright lines give the body a slimmer appearance.  In contrast, parallel lines will create girth. The good thing is there are ways to keep illusions to a minimum through size and again placement.

Tricks such as these are used by Wardrobe Stylist to give the best effect possible to any body type.

Let’s peek at a couple more examples to ensure the power of placement sinks in…



The next time you treat yourself to a little retail therapy; take these tips with you to select garments that will only benefit your wardrobe. By understanding horizontal and vertical lines or slanted and zig-zag know they create the shape of you through the magic of proper placement.