Prints and patterns can add variety and interest to your outfit and wardrobe. Ideally choose a print that relates to your own value contrast. But should you wish to wear a print that is outside of your natural value contrast then here is the easy way of choosing one to flatter.
I think of value contrast like a stairs.
- High contrast = jump from the top step to the bottom step
- Medium contrast = walk down the stairs one at a time
- Low contrast = stay on the same step and don’t move
So if you want to wear a high contrast print and you’re not high contrast here is my quick tip.
Find a print that walks you down the stairs rather than one that jumps from top to bottom.
Simple isn’t it!
In this outfit there is a combination of light, medium and dark colours (including the pink shrug I’ve added to it). I’m medium value contrast, so by choosing a dominant light- medium colour (rather than dark) in the pattern it allows me to play outside my ‘boundaries’ and wear a high contrast. This is how I can easily add black tights and boots and the like to my winter wardrobe. When the medium or lighter colour is still dominant there is enough lightness in the outfit to flatter my colouring and not feel all heavy and dark.
Ideally if you’ve got light colouring, keep the larger part of your outfit to light or medium value colours with only a smaller proportion in a dark value.
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