So horizontal stripes make us look fatter whilst vertical stripes are slimming. For dedicated followers of fashion this could present a problem given that the nautical theme is so much on trend at the moment. Perhaps yet another reason why we should wear clothes that suit our size and shape rather than being a slave to fashion. Perhaps manufacturers can help us prevent making fat mistakes and just stop making horizontal striped clothes? No of course they won’t. They’ll leave us to spend our money on unflattering clothes a while longer until the current nautical trend fades. If only our waistlines could change at the same frequency and speed as the changing trends of fashion! We would never have another wardrobe crisis again!