How to Work with Your Contrast – Medium Contrast

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Following on from my post on working with your low contrast colours.  Here are some examples of Medium Value Contrast outfits to get you inspired!

Medium Value Contrast


Medium value contrast


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    • Think about light colours being very close to white and then dark clothes being very close to black. Neither of these outfits is “very light” or “Very dark”, they are closer towards medium, but still one on the lighter side, the other on the deeper/darker side.

  • Thanks for this post, Imogen. It was very helpful. I’m medium value, high color contrast, and even with the previous posts I was still having a hard time picturing the right combinations. As it turns out, I was on the right track already (so you must be a good teacher!), but it was good to get some confirmation.

    Princess? You really made me laugh with your list of professions! Have a merry Christmas!

    • As I said, jewellery – any colour or metal, of course can be used to provide contrast. Gold jewellery is more ‘coloured’ but silver is more ‘neutral’.

  • Thank you Imogen of another excellent post. I found it very informative and helpful.
    The illustrations help greatly especially for ideas i hadn’t thought of before.

  • I have learned so much from your blog! Thank you for the wonderful information. I do have a nagging question about brown colors. I am an A shape, cool and clear. I recently allowed my blonde hair to go back to it’s natural color, which is a neutral dark blonde/ light brown. I have blue eyes and fair skin, so this moved me from a light contrast to a medium contrast. I also had a baby, moved to a warmer climate, and turned 40! so I am forced to work on a new wardrobe. I don’t want a lot of clothes so I have tried to pattern my wardrobe around a big capsule. My neutrals are blue, tan, and white. I have deep raspberry and teal for some accent colors. I have a few other pieces in my closet, but mostly am drawn to these. I have read over and over the information about color undertones, and studied the difference between light, deep, muted and clear. I am beginning to be able to judge these things but browns trip me up every time. Tan or brown seems like a natural choice for me given my hair color. I can’t seem to recognize browns that coordinate well and look good on me. They seem to yellow or bland. Are there cool and clear browns and tans? Can you help demystify the browns? Thanks so much and Merry Christmas to you!

  • Any tips on how to wear full length skinny pants with ankle boots? It seems like they just smash along the top.

    I keep reading blogs saying that you should roll up the skinny pants, but that is not practical in a place with very cold winters. They good thing about wearing boots is that your ankles stay covered, warm and out of the snow!

  • Dear Imogen,
    Being medium contrast myself (medium brown eyes, medium neutral skin, dark charcoal hair), I wonder if white can still be worn and how.
    Is white a stylish color for a person with this value contrast? Or will white be a too high contrast not flattering?

    • You can wear it – in a white that suits your complexion (it may be a soft white rather than bright white), but in smaller proportions – just not head to toe.

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