Advancing and Receding with Colour and Creating Focal Points

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Advancing and Receding with Colour and Creating Focal PointsImogen,
I am part of the evolve your style program and I have an issue for you to address. If you’ve already written a post regarding this, could you share the link? I am a v shape with a somewhat short waist. I am 5’4 so slightly petite. I want to have my upper body visually recede and draw attention to my lower body as this is where I am slimmest. I have really been noticing people who do this well and not so well.

My coloring is warm and zesty. light khaki or beige pants seem to work and also white pants. However if I want the top to recede do I look for shirts that don’t have pattern because they will stand out and be the focal point of the outfit?

Do I need a solid top or does it just have to be a darker color to recede?

Many colors in my pallet are bright, and I like them. However, how do I wear colors around my face in tops yet have my upper body recede and look thinner? Horizontal detail on top, possibly? Am I wishing for magic here or is this possible?
Thanks for any suggestions.


How to Make a Light Colour Recede

how to make a light colour recede


The first point to consider is that even with light colours which are more naturally advancing, just a small difference in value will make one colour less obvious and more receding than the other.

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  • What a super-useful post Imogen, this presentation is so clear and easy to understand.
    Knowing broad general rules and principles is one thing, putting them into practice is another! especially when we are playing with multiple factors — colour + shape + proportion + pattern/detail. I love these posts on the nitty-gritty of building outfits.

  • Thank you so much – it’s great to see how the theory is transferred into action. Maybe you could do sth. like this also for the other body types, especially for A and O types – that would be great.

    All the best,


  • This is really useful, perhaps you could give me some advice/write a post on my own personal query: I have a very long chin to mid-bust point (it should be half of what it is) and my breasts are a bit droopy (by default). The illusion this gives is that my breasts are sitting far too low and just makes me look a bit disproportionate. One problem with applying your receding techniques to the chin to mid-bust area is that this would then in fact take attention away from the ‘frame of communication’ and from the face, plus darker colour near the face tends to highlight wrinkles etc?! I also really love necklaces but again feel that they just draw the eye to the area that is so unattractively long…

    Any tips for me?

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