Applying the Helmholtz illusion to fashion: horizontal stripes won't make you look fatter

  title={Applying the Helmholtz illusion to fashion: horizontal stripes won't make you look fatter},
  author={Peter Thompson and Kyriaki Mikellidou},
  pages={69 - 76}
A square composed of horizontal lines appears taller and narrower than an identical square made up of vertical lines. Reporting this illusion, Hermann von Helmholtz noted that such illusions, in which filled space seems to be larger than unfilled space, were common in everyday life, adding the observation that ladies' frocks with horizontal stripes make the figure look taller. As this assertion runs counter to modern popular belief, we have investigated whether vertical or horizontal stripes on… Expand

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