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The line game


Stripes can shape your body. Using them at right angles can give you stunning solutions.

Stripes are blazing this season

SINCE THESE these mysteries are beyond us, let us pretend we are their masters.'' Jean Cocteau's famous saying could well be applied to fashion, a series of mysterious predictions. Every year, every season, old styles are reinvented and new forms come into being.

Absorbing the weight of the above, stripes are blazing this season. Geo-forms have always been honoured but never like this before. Stripes of varied thickness when juxtaposed at angles create interesting solutions for different body types.

Looking tall with the line game.

The line game could effortlessly add a few inches to your height or successfully give you a pinched waist. Let's see how... "Fashion Intelligence'' indicates a blend of vertical stripes, horizontal stripes and angular stripes to create the magic.

Mainstream fashion has always been remarkably good at assimilating new trends. Allen Solly's new work wear range for women illustrates this fact. Holding onto `trends', the newly launched range features woven diagonal stripes in mercerised cotton. The stripes meet in a V shape at the centre front creating an optical illusion thereby lending the wearer a reduced waistline. This styling is ideal for lean shoulders and big waist. Vertical stripes at the sleeve area provide a seemingly long arm length. This lineal tontine could be sourced from Allen Solly's exclusive showroom at White House-Begumpet or from authorised retailers around the twin cities. The price points range from Rs.700 onwards.

Depending on the wok pattern, one could sport striped kurtas or striped shirts to avail the awarding result. One could cut the bodice into a yoke with horizontally striped empire line to visually increase a small bust. Long and lean body types could sport unbroken horizontal stripes running all through a pattern to gain width wise accent. Broken striped panels indicate "no loss, no gain'' as the stripes move in different directions randomly.

Body structures with big hips and lean legs could opt for stripes shaped in inverted V shape running from high hip to the hem. Princess panels with vertical lines along the grain create a visual slimness.

Creating magic effortlessly.

The dimension of the stripes also caters to the creating of such an illusion. Thin vertical stripes add height and slimness, where as thick counterparts increase volume the same way. A combination of thick and thin stripes could create beautiful warp rhythms bringing to the forefront, design with purpose. For example, diagonal stripes are just the solution for big bodies, as the lines make the eye move away from the body silhouette.

Apart from woven and printed stripes, lines in apparel design could be seen in many different ways. Tucks are the finest carriers of optical illusion in garments. All the above mentioned fashion formulae could be related to tucks of varied thickness and at different angles. Heat set pleats in liner patterns could also provide solutions for big and small bodies. Embroideries and linear beadwork could also be adopted as a solution tool.

From dawn to dusk and from birth to death, our clothes are in direct contract with our skin and therefore our principal means of expressing our individuality. Using clothes, we distinguish, define, differentiate and play a game of deciding how we want to look. "'No one is perfect'', the answer is the line game the right way. The right way to perfection!

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