I was never really into stripes up until recently. There was always the underlying fear that horizontal stripes would make me look bigger than I am and vertical stripes would make me look like I was perpetually in a jail cell. But the more I’ve experimented with them I’ve realized it’s the type of stripes that make the difference.
I usually opt for a white base colour with thicker, dark stripes when it comes to shirts. That way the lines hit you at your waist and cinch in the smallest part of you. And because the stripes are bold enough as it is, all you have to do is pair it with a bottom and some light make up to look presentable for various occasions.
For dresses I choose smaller, thinner stripes because the thicker you go for the area around your hips, the more area your hips look like that take up. Thin stripes maintain a unified silhouette from top to bottom, accentuating your curves in the right places.