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Clothing Lines to Lengthen & Slim

black and white striped dress

April 11, 2022

I’m Abby!.
I'm a certified & published fashion stylist located in Silicon Valley with speciality in personal styling, color analysis and runway, commercial, and editorial styling.

Have you ever felt like even though you lost weight you still looked just as heavy in the clothes you were wearing? Or, even though you may have gained weight, your clothes were still making you look slim?

Vertical, horizontal, diagonal, and curved lines on your clothing can make you look taller, thinner, heavier, or wider!

Lines are a design element in fashion used to define the form and shape of a garment. They create an optical effect that leads the viewer’s eyes in a certain direction (up, down, diagonal, backwards, forwards, or side to side). They establish a point of emphasis that acts as arrows to shape and reshape the body. 


Vertical lines add length, narrow, and reduce the body’s visual width.

Blue striped outfit The vertical lines on her dress visually make her appear taller. 



Horizontal lines widen, shorten, or add width to the body.

Horizontal lines on dress  The horizontal lines on her clothes help add width to her body.     

Colorful striped skirt  The horizontal lines across her skirt help widen her hips, drawing attention away from her wider shoulders.                                                                                                                                                                             



Diagonal lines draw attention down the body or waist and lengthen the body.

Black cold shoulder top  This model’s silhouette is a triangle. The diagonal lines in the cold shoulder top help draw attention up, away from her hips.


black and white skirt with diagonal lines   The asymmetrical diagonal line details act as arrows to point attention to her waist. 



Curved lines accent the body’s natural curves and create a waistline such as with a wrap dress.

White bodycon dress with shoulder cut out  Her hourglass figure & waist are highlighted with this bodycon dress.       

Green floral silk wrap dress  This wrap dress accents her waist and her body’s natural curves.


Were you able to notice the lines & their effects in all of the pictures? Let me know below ↓ 

If you feel like you need help deciding what type of lines would look best on you, shoot me a message and I can help!

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