Value Contrast and Your Value

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And of course we need to have a selection of light, medium and dark colours, otherwise we can’t create any value contrast!

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  • Hi Imogen,

    Good post on value for further clarity …

    I thought my impression on your outfits was interesting. Right off, I felt you looked stunning in both the all white and the black (darling on you!!) The blue, which is a great color on you and being medium is likely your value, etc … but I didn’t care for that so much … I mean you always look GREAT, but the other two just look WOW !!

  • Great examples – it always make more sense to me when I see the actual photos rather than reading the descriptions.

  • Hi, Imogen. I agree with the other comments. This is so must easier for me, too. I have always been a “visual” learner, & , being a retired sewing teacher, I think most women are. No matter how many times I print off the instructions & reread them, the drawings / pictures / photos always seem to click instantly!

  • Great post and you look wonderful in all the photos. If the aim is to see you rather than the clothes then my preference is the all blue outfit. Interestingly you are wearing relatively brighter colors but with medium to light value. In the black outfit the ‘wheely’ nice jacket seems to soften the black around your face. Thank you

  • Thank you for the great post. Great explanations as always. BTW, I just can’t get over how great you look as a blonde. I think I actually prefer it to the brunette, though that was nice also.

  • interesting how much hair colour matters! when you were a brunette, you said you didn’t look that good in a white jacket, even though your skin is rather light, so I’d have thought that adding contrast in some other way – white should still have worked?

  • You certainly look healthy and very pretty and slimmer in the lighter versions of yourself.
    So where does Deep, Cool, Soft fit in?
    I take my little swatch with me but I am still not sure.
    Deep, dark cool brown eyes, olive skin and dark brown hair are pretty boring if you don’t know what you’re doing and then you end up wearing lots of black because its easier than trying to stand there figuring out what’s what

    • I don’t understand your question Meredith about where does deep cool soft fit in?

      Deep means you need overall darker colours rather than all light colours. At least one dark coloured item in your outfit.
      Cool – means you want a cool undertone to all your colours
      Soft – means that you don’t’ want really bright colours, nor really greyed down and dull colours.

  • Apart from combining light, medium and dark colors…what about combining warm, neutral and cool colors? And what about combining pure, tints, tones and shades? (So pure colors or colors with with, grey or black added)

  • I thought greyed down colours would be soft – so not quite sure. Aren’t they just really soft?


    • Greyed down colours are soft – there are many words you can use to describe these colours – smoky, soft, muted, dusky, toned – they mean the same thing, just variety in the English language.

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