I have a question about using the column of colour to look taller (as a curvy petite H shape ) – should I only wear darker tops, avoiding white or cream tops ?
There are two major ways to wear a column of colour, on the outside, or on the inside.
- The version on the outside suits those who feel their hips/bottom/thighs are the area they want to draw least attention to (A, X, 8 Shapes)
- The inside version is ideal for those who want to hide their tummy (H, O and some V shapes).
Playing with the column of colour
The joy of the column of colour is that because it elongates, just by being an unbroken vertical line, it doesn’t have to be all dark, you can do a lighter coloured version should you wish to. Sure a darker column will be more slimming (and remember it doesn’t have to be black), but it’s not the only way.
If you want to wear your light/white tops, wear the column on the outside (in summer can you add a small vest to create the column?).
Hi, what do you recommend for I / rectangular shapes? Thanks much.
I’m with trace; which would you suggest for the short-legged I shape? Hmm, I guess if I’m trying to hide my little tummy, I should follow the H,O, V shape. Right?
I’d go an inner column if hiding your tummy is what you want to achieve – I think it also has the most lengthening effect too (which is great for short legs).
Hi! How should I think if the bust is the area I want to draw least attention to? Inside or outside? I am X shape (with some O tendency) and with full bust (32FF).
Interesting reply Imogen – I usually do the column of colour on the outside, so need to rethink it on the inside to suit my (H) shape and when I want to do it for lighter months. ThANKS.
Very good information and graphics; wonderful site!
Theoretically speaking, what if a V-shape wants to slim down their shoulders? Does wearing a column on the outside work in this case too?
Depends on the colour of the column – a darker outer column may (but you have to be careful as really dark colours add visual weight to a body). The easier way of narrowing down shoulders are related to sleeve shapes and neckline details.