- Line - the viewer's eye follows the lines of clothing. Vertical lines draw the eye up and down, adding height and diminishing width. Horizontal lines do the opposite.
- Color - light, bright, warm colors attract the eye and make areas they cover appear larger. Weightier, more subdued colors diminish.
- Texture - fuzzy, tweedy textures add visual bulk while smooth surfaces minimize. Shiny, reflective fabric enlarge; matter surfaces diminish.
- Scale - design details that are proportionally smaller make the body appear larger while larger details make the body look smaller.
- Proportion - equal proportions in clothing are less flattering than unbalanced ones.
If you can remember these tricks when you go shopping, you will soon love your wardrobe. -