One of the easiest ways to work with the body you have is to use fashion as an optical illusion. Vertical lines lead the eye up and down and have a slimming effect no matter where you place them. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to wear stripes!! * A crease running up the leg of your pants will create a longer line * Having vertical pleats, seams, buttons, lapels and zips will work a treat * Even the way you wear your scarf can get you looking up & down * Long necklaces if chosen correctly for your body shape can also create a vertical effect The list goes on!! For most of us there is a lot more to shopping than just picking out what you like! lol Notice in this picture that horizontal lines will make the eye naturally look side to side, focusing on width. Vertical lines will have you looking where most of us are wanting… up & down!