Creating outfits that use the column of colour concept is a simple way to look taller and slimmer. By using an unbroken line of colour in our upper and lower body, you are creating a longer vertical line for the eye to travel along.
I thought I’d just share my casual column of colour.
I’m sure some people wonder what an image consultant wears when they’re not seeing clients. Today I’m seeing my bookkeeper and doing office-based work, so I’m dressed in jeans, blue long-sleeve cotton/elastane knit and red fine merino knit long cardigan.
What you’ll notice is that my outfit works with my ideal value (dark hair – needing an overall dark outfit and light skin requiring a contrast element to the outfit) and then back with a brighter colour (red) which creates the right value contrast and adds in that all-important colour contrast element to my neutral outfit.
The necklaces are two different ones joined together (one was not enough for me, the scale was too small and looked insignificant). As a larger busted woman longer necklaces can be harder to pull off than pendants, but I’ve found if they are chunky enough the whole way round they still draw attention away from my bust. Long pendants just don’t work.
You can see how the indigo denim and navy knit seamlessly create a lovely long column (by the way I’m wearing black ballet flats) and don’t draw any attention to my stomach (which is the area I tend to want to distract from).
So now you can picture me sitting in front of my PC writing in these clothes.
Create a Casual Column of Colour
- Find a top and bottom in similar colours (they don’t have to be exactly the same, just similar enough that they blend together). Then if you wish you can layer a different coloured topper over the top (see top middle and right images).
- Or find an outer layer (cardigan, vest or jacket) in a similar colour to your bottom you can then wear a different coloured top underneath your outer layer (see top left image).
- Blend shoes to bottoms for further leg elongation to create an unbroken line of colour.
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