The problem with this is that the sudden color change – from white to brown to blue – creates a visual interruption.
The eye doesn’t travel smoothly down your profile; the sudden change cuts you in half, truncating your torso and skewing your proportions.
Look, I get it: you’ve been getting Oompa Loompa jokes since forever.
You’ve been called midget, Tiny Tim, Grumpy and all the other names.
The old saw about how vertical stripes is based on this idea.
But when we feel like someone is giving us their listening instead of waiting for your turn to talk – is absurdly powerful.
Presence is, simply, your ability to command people’s attention.
It’s the way that you can make people focus on present.
Even subtle patterns in the fabric, such as herringbone weaves, can help you slim your visual profile and make you seem taller.
However, you want to keep those stripes – think pin-striping, rather than wide blocks of color. Window-pane patterns are a definite no; the horizontal stripes and the negative space created negate the eye-tracking effect you’re looking this means clothes that are cut close to your body.